El Taco Riendo (Minneapolis, MN: Northeast)

You may miss El Taco Riendo while driving by (above is a picture of their older, smaller location- right next door to their newer location).  This little Mexican restaurant is serving up authentic and affordable lunches and dinners.  The menu boasts a large variety of entrees, so everyone can find something appealing. Whether you are in the mood for spicy pulled chicken, beef tongue, chorizo, carne asada or pulled pork, they have it.  Walk up to the counter, gaze up at the menu and tell the cook what you’d like.  They prepare everything right in front of you, allowing  you to pick and choose what you want (much like an authentic Mexican Subway or Chipotle). The setup is very beneficial for those that enjoy things like extra sauce or light cheese.

This time, we ordered the Mole Enchiladas filled with lengua, chorizo and asada with a side of rice and beans, $8.  The mole sauce was complex and satisfying. Amongst the 20 something flavors a “real” mole sauce should contain, it contained the right amount of nutty tones, sweetness and hints of coffee. Neither the coffee nor the nutty tones were too overwhelming- which can be a fatal flaw to mole sauce.

We also ordered a Hawaiian Torta (pineapple, cheese, ham, chipotle), $8.50.  The sandwich was huge.  The bread was soft, the cheese was melty (and American), and the vegetables were fresh and crisp. The bread seemed fresh enough to wonder if it were sourced from the adjacent bakery (Durango). A generous slather of refried beans and fresh slices of avocado really cemented the whole sandwich together.

Update 4/14/14:  Taco Riendo has moved locations!  They are right next door to their old location but the new place is much larger and more “restaurant like.”  The menu has stayed the same and you still order/pay at the counter without a server.  The space is clean, bright and large so come visit again and check it out!

taco riendo mpls
taco riendo northeast

Best Bets: mole enchiladas, tacos, tortas, burritos, chicken with potatoes in green sauce

Cuisine: Mexican
Bar: No
Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free: Yes / No
Entree Range: $2-11
Waiter Service: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Free Street
Good for Groups: Yes

El Taco Riendo
2416 Central Avenue Northeast Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-3000
Neighborhood: Northeast
Mon-Thu, Sun 10 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 10 am – 11 pm

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