Minnesota Taco Atlas Update: Big-time fusion at Umami Fries, an ambitious upgrade at Colonial Market, and new family favorite Cuco’s

We’ve added 17 new entries to our Minnesota Taco Atlas, bringing the grand total of spots on the map to 98 restaurants, markets, and trucks around the Twin Cities metro and beyond. A few thoughts on some of our recent additions: Umami Fries is about as far out of the box as it gets for … [ Read more]

Minnesota Taco Atlas Update: Prieto’s tempura, El Kevin’s tripas, and the existential quandary of the Lone Spur Grill

We’ve added 12 new entries to our Minnesota Taco Atlas—bringing the grand total in this compendium of carnitas and barbacoa to 82 spots around the Twin Cities Metro. A few thoughts on our recent additions: Prieto Taqueria Bar, Lyn-Lake Minneapolis We didn’t know that Alejandro Castillon could come up with a better shrimp tempura taco … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Beef Pastor Taco at Las Tortillas

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. One of the wonderful things about compiling a massive compendium of taquerias is that, time and time again, you keep encountering new twists on dishes you thought you understood. Take for example, the beef pastor taco of Las … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Jackfruit Taco at Mean Miner’s Smoke Street Tacos

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Everything about the branding for Mean Miner’s Smoked Street Tacos suggests that you’re going to be in for a competent, if at least partially commodified experience—the restaurant has all the slick, professional allure of a Chipotle or R … [ Read more]

Behold: The Minnesota Taco Atlas!

It can be easy to lose sight of the fact that we live in a taco paradise. Legitimate taquerias—shops that make soulful, beautiful, ravishingly delicious food—are scattered all over the metro area and beyond, but they have a tendency to blend into the background. Their marketing and decor aren’t always as polished as the food, … [ Read more]

Centro is testing tacos from the Wyn65 truck

We spied the Wyn65 food truck out last Saturday, vending on Quincy Street outside the future home of Popol Vuh and Centro. The dual-concept restaurant from Lyn65 chef Jose Alcaron is targeting an October opening. For now in the Winnebago, they’re testing out tacos—we inhaled a couple lamb barbacoas—and papas chingonas, fries smothered in chipotle mayo and queso fresco. … [ Read more]

Minnesota Spoon: Tacos and timing with chef Jorge Guzman

At some point early on Sunday afternoon, I looked up from my work as enthusiastic-but-mostly-unskilled sous chef, and felt a pang of concern. This was not coming together. We were all over the map. Jon Wipfli, The Growler’s resident chef, was downstairs fussing with his new smoker on the sidewalk. Somebody was out on the … [ Read more]

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