Cinco de Mayo is coming up on Sunday, and if you’re looking for a way to celebrate in a way that loves our neighbors well, I highly consider supporting a local Mexican-owned business. If you live in the Twin Cities, there are so many great options. Here are our favorites.
–Marissa’s– Traditional Mexican pastries. Soft and sweet conchas, marranitos, and so many other pastries I don’t know the name of. On Dia de Los Reyes, the line for a Rosca is out the door and down the block! You don’t get that way without being the best.
Toddler Pick: Classic Concha
–Hamburguesas El Gordo– Hamburgers may not be your first thought when thinking of Mexican food, but maybe they should be. Mexican hamburgers are NOT like American hamburgers. They are loaded with deliciousness. Ham, bacon, avocado, and so many other savory toppings. You will feel “gordo” when you leave.
Toddler Pick: Gordo Jr.
–Que Taco– This is another fav you will see me post about a lot. Their tacos are simple, but oh so good! My favorite are their pastor, and barbacoa. Vale loves their tacos de lengua. You really can’t go wrong.
Toddler Pick: Tacos de Lengua
–Taco Libre– Looking for a luchador-themed restaurant? This is it! With taco fillers like flor de calabaza and huitlacoche, you need to try this place. If you’re extra hungry, opt for a machete!
Toddler Pick: Kids Street Taco
–La Hacienda– This was our go-to spot when Fabian and I were dating. But when we got married, our late-night taco runs slowed down, and so did our visita to La Hacienda. That is until they put one down the street from our house! Now this favorite date-night place has become our family favorite.
Toddler Pick: Tacos del Pastor
–La Loma-These are by far the BEST Tamales in the city. Elote, pollo, puerco, piña…you really can’t go wrong. Don’t mish their half-off Tuesdays! They may turn your Taco Tuesday into Tamal Tuesday.
Toddler Pick: Tamal de Elote
– La Michoacana– Mexican ice cream shop? Yes please. La Michoacana Purepecha has American favorites like vanilla and strawberry, but you’ll probably want to pass those up for a gansito or cajete.
Toddler Pick: Gansito or Bubble Gum
Dulce Mex– Get all of your Mexican candy needs at this sweet dulceria. From pinatas to walls of Duvalín, Pulparindo, De la Rosa, Pelon Pelorico, Bubu Lubu….well you get the picture. You’ll feel like a kid in this candy store. The service is amazing, and their offerings are simply the best.
Toddler Pick: Paleta Payaso
As Seen on TV
Andale Taqueria-If you watch Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, you will know all about Andale. The restaurant is delicious, and their grocery store is another excellent option for pan dulce. Vale likes to visit just to see the piñatas.
Toddler Pick: Taco de pollo
Taqueria Victor Hugo-This is my favorite Taco Truck, and therefore the best! So excited that they are opening a brick-and-mortar shop as well!
Toddler Pick: Taco de cabeza
– El Burrito-Finally, El Burrito is a local treasure. Shop around the store, grab some pan dulce for later, and enjoy an elote on their deck.
Toddler pick: Elotes!