Boca Chica celebrates 50 years with $1 tacos

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In celebration of their 50th anniversary, Boca Chica offers $1 tacos
It's not too common these days to see a restaurant reach the half-century mark, but clearly Boca Chica is not your average restaurant. Since opening its doors in 1964, this family owned and operated spot has been delighting diners on St. Paul's West Side with scratch-made Mexican cuisine. Today, Boca Chica is celebrating 50 years in business by offering $1 dine-in-only tacos to all its loyal customers.

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Boca Chica is easily one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in the Twin Cities. Jose Frias, grandson of the original owners, tells us that there's a little competition for the title, but Boca Chica first opened its doors in the spring of 1964 and that later in the same year, two other Twin Cities Mexican staples also opened up shop: Little Tijuana's and La Cucaracha. Frias tells us that even before Boca Chica opened its doors, his grandmother's side of the family had several restaurants in the Twin Cities under the name Coronado's. 

Boca Chica has been serving authentic, scratch-made Mexican cuisine in the same building on Cesar Chavez since it first opened its doors, though that building has been through multiple expansions over the years. In addition to the one main location, the family opened a smaller sister spot, the Boca Chica Taco House, just across the street in the 1980s. When we asked about the possibility of a future Minneapolis location, Frias said they tried once, but want to wait to try again until some of the other younger members of their family are old enough to step into leadership roles.

In addition to the $1 celebratory tacos, Frias also tells us that they're planning a much larger celebration this summer which will include live music, dancers, and of course, lots of delicious food.

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Perhaps my fave restaurant in the cities. Won't make it up there tonight, but they deserve this call out. Great food, and for me it's important that they're very respectful to vegetarians. The Taco House is also awesome for a quick lunch. :)


I was a waitress at Rosie Coronado's, La Casa Coronado in downtown Mpls during the late 1970s. Many of the local radio and TV personalities used to eat lunch there often as it was the best Mexican food in the downtown Mpls area. Mel Jazz, Dave Moore, Chef Hank and lots of other local celebrities. They were not the best of tippers as I remember, lol. The cook was named Moose and he had me try Menudo one day. I thought it was just beef soup. Then he told me it was made with tripe (lining of a cow's stomach) and I darned near threw up!  I believe Rosie Coronado is Jose's Grandmother's sister.

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