2539 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540444.955987 -93.277734
10am - 2am
Neighborhoods: Whittier, Powderhorn
Great customer service – There were five of us and we requested to sit outside on the "patio" (actually on the sidewalk in the space in front of the building). Even though there were only two-person tables set up, the waiters quickly catered to our needs and pushed some tables together - even kindly asking a man to move down a spot (my apologies to the kind man).
However, the food and margaritas did not meet my expecations. I thought the margaritas were a tidbit salty, and the food was somewhat dry (I had a combo plate with an enchilada, tostada, and taco). I suppose I would go back again and try something else.....it could have been an off day.
The prices were very reasonable, especially with the 2-4-1 margaritas. My bill totaled to $12 and change.
Holy Cow. – Yes, its that good. Casual, cheap drinks, and AMAZING food. They have a patio area to sit but inside is nice too. Best hole in the wall joint you will find in that neighborhood.
Awesome Tacos, Awesome 2-4-1's! – This place, for the last 4 years, has been my favorite Mexican restaurant. The food is delicious, some of my favorites being the the carnitas (roasted pork) and lengua (beef tongue) tacos. The carnitas is fantastic; slow cooked tender pieces of pork that's roasted until the fat in the meat crisps up, the taste and texture combination will make your lengua cry, it's so good! You can either get them the authentic way, with chopped cilantro and onions on two small thin soft stacked corn tortillas or you can get them durazo style, a more familiar hard corn shell with tomatoes lettuce and sour cream. I'm a big fan of the former, but I've never tried it durazo. Another favorite is the caldo de siete mares (soup of the seven seas) which is a rich seafood stew. Highly spiced (but not too hot) and hearty with chunks of potatoes carrots and lots of shrimp fish and crab pieces, it reminds of chigae, which is a spicy Korean stew, if you're familiar with that cuisine. I've often split the stew with friends (2-3 other people) and the waitresses will split it for you into separate bowls, and make sure you each get the same amount of shrimp and crab legs! That's great service!
Their happy hour is, I believe, all day long, with two for one drinks being their special. They have a huge tequila selection, so that you can try something that's not just Cuervo or Patron.
The restaurant itself is huge and is split up into two rooms. If you bring 6 friends on your birthday, you eat for free!
Most of the wait staff don't speak a ton of English, but they'll forgive us for not speaking Spanish as they are friendly and sweet, so don't forget to leave them a fat tip as you'll probably being going back to Pancho Villa again!
Cheap and Tasty – VERY CASUAL & cheep décor (good place to wear the sweatpants). They do have great Mexican food and the drink specials are amazing!!! It was $4 for two margaritas and $2.75 for two beers!!! The staff was also very nice.
Can't go wrong with this place. – If you're a fan of the real deal, you'll find it here. Big flavors and fresh food is on the menu. We did not have one dud in our meal tonight!
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