Cinco de Mayo: Top 5 Mexican restaurants (plus bonus pick)
If you can't make La Fiesta mas Caliente de Minnesota--Minnesota's spiciest celebration--this weekend in West St. Paul's District del Sol (Friday 4-9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., includes a parade, low-rider car show, music, dancing, and more) you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with a Mexican meal. Here are a few of our favorites:
5. El Burrito Mercado
The Silva family's restaurant-market El Burrito Mercado is the cultural anchor of St. Paul's District del Sol. El Burrito celebrates the Silva's 30th year in business with a 2010 win for Best Mexican Restaurant, due to the sprawling offerings of its cafeteria--everything from breakfast burritos and tortas to tamales and escabeche. As a bonus, you can swing through the market to bring home a case of Mexican coke, a few bakery items, and some Dia de los Muertos decor.
4. Los Ocampo
It's all about the Best Tacos at Los Ocampo, though we're also big fans of the burritos and, well, the food in general. But let's just focus on the tacos for now: $2 gets you access to, like, a dozen meat fillings, from carne asada and al pastor to tongue and tripe! Ordered "Mexican style," they'll arrive on tortillas with the full treatment: diced onion, fresh cilantro, sliced radishes, and lime wedges.