VENUE DETAILS

El Mariachi Restaurant

Price:

$$

Cuisine Type:

Mexican

Serves:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

REVIEW

It's Friday night at El Mariachi, and the joint is jumping. The mariachi band has finished its break, and now it's time for the the hora de los aficionados -- amateur hour. The band leader works the crowd for volunteers, in Spanish and halting English. Joaquin from Veracruz reluctantly steps up to the mike, cheered on by his friends, who are drinking Corona and Dos Equis at a table near the stage. Joaquin works his way through a pop tune, backed by the five-piece band, and then gets a big hand of applause before returning to his seat. Half an hour, and two contestants later, Joaquin claims his prize -- $50 for second place.

Walking into a restaurant can sometimes be like opening a window on another world. That's the way I've felt on recent visits to El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant, Jazira Somali Restaurant, and El Trapiche Colombian restaurant, all in Minneapolis.

El Mariachi caters to a mostly Mexican and Mexican-American clientele, with a menu that ranges from quesadillas and tacos to dinners of steak Tampico style, chicken in mole sauce and whole fried fish. I've had good luck with nearly everything I have sampled on the menu, including the moist and fresh fried tilapia ($11.25/$13.25/$15 depending on size), a tasty tenderized steak Tampiquena ($12.95), and a starter of tostadas topped with marinated shrimp. The only disappointment was a lifeless sopa de mariscos ($14.95), a meal-sized soup of shrimp, mussels, octopus, fish and squid.

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Where:

El Mariachi Restaurant
2750 Nicollet Av. S.
Minneapolis, MN
612-871-5200

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