July 25, 2021

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20 Mexican restaurants in Minnesota worth the trip

Two of the top 5 Mexican restaurants in Minnesota happen to be just two blocks apart.

After collecting hundreds of votes, I presented the top 5 picks for the best Mexican restaurants on KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live — and those are listed below.

While votes came in, I heard from people saying that certain Mexican restaurants don’t serve authentic food and that you need to go to specific parts of the Twin Cities to find true Mexican food. I don’t buy it. No matter if you’re in Minneapolis or Madelia, nearly every establishment has a story to tell.

There are a lot of Mexican restaurants out there, and I encourage you to try out new spots. Underneath the top 5, check out an expanded list of restaurants which made the top 20, including some of my personal favorites. And let me know what you think! You can reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Boca Chica Restaurante Mexicano y Cantina

11 Cesar Chavez Street, Saint Paul 55107

Boca Chica

Boca Chica opened in 1964 with just four tables. It now has 64 tables and a patio which seats around 75 people.

They serve a lunch buffet Monday-Friday and a Sunday brunch from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

What to order: Flautas Banderas, Carne a la Tampiqueña, Tacos Monterrey.


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El Burrito Mercado

175 Cesar Chavez Street, Saint Paul 55107

El Burrito Mercado

El Burrito Mercado is not only a restaurant, but also has a market and cafeteria. It opened in 1979.

What to order: Chicken Mole, Ceviche de Camaron, Sopes with 3 Guisados.


Pajarito

2 locations, including the one pictured:
605 West 7th Street W, Saint Paul 55102

Pajarito

Pajarito opened in December 2016 in a building dating back to 1886.

Stop in for lunch to avoid long wait times.

Make sure to order one of their craft cocktails.

What to order: Chilaquiles, Elote style Brussels Sprouts, Torta.


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La Plaza F!esta

15 W Main Street, Madelia 56062

La Plaza F!esta

La Plaza F!esta originally opened in 2011. A fire completely destroyed the restaurant in 2016.

They rebuilt and expanded to nearly 150 seats. The new restaurant includes a grocery store next door.

All the tables and chairs were painted and carved in Mexico.

What to order: Flaming Cheese, Malcajete F!esta, Seafood Ceviche.


Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant

230 Lewis Street S, Shakopee 55379

Pablo's Mexican Restaurant

Family-owned Pablo’s opened in 1986. Four expansions and a remodel later, it features 260 seats.

They are closed Sundays.

What to order: Margarita flight, Ultimate Chimichanga, Surf & Turf with Tamale, 3 Enchiladas & Chile Relleno.


Want more recommended Mexican restaurants? Check out these spots, suggested by your votes!


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