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Mexican fast food can get a bad rap, but there's nothing like a freshly made taco or burrito as a quick comfort meal. El Taco Riendo offers more than a dozen varieties of tacos (at $2.10 an order), along with burritos, tamales, chimichangas, and even a full plate of nachos. If you're looking for a more complete meal, combination plates include traditionally prepared beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp dishes along with rice, beans, and tortillas. ($8.50 to $12). If you're feeding a bigger group, you can get carry-out of meats, rice, and beans by the pound.
It would be easy to pass by El Taco Riendo without taking notice. Located in a modest storefront in northeast Minneapolis, the Mexican restaurant is small and unpretentious. But those who have ventured in know the secret. El Taco Riendo (the Laughing Taco) offers an excellent selection of tacos at a bargain price. Your meal is made fresh right in front of you, and you have plenty of meat options to choose from, including slow-cooked barbacoa, tinga de pollo (chicken), and, for the brave taco... More »
When Twin Citians need their taco fix, they tend to think of Lake Street. But you'll actually find the Cities' best tacos in that other bastion of ethnic eating, Central Avenue in Northeast. El Taco Riendo (The Laughing Taco) has been around for only a couple of years, but the unassuming little storefront has one of the largest selections of taco fillings anywhere. You can choose from a dozen types of meats--from popular carne asada, pastor, and carnitas to more exotic tongue and... More »
I've been going to this place for two years and can't figure out why it hasn't been discovered. It is truly wonderful, the tacos are great but the burritos--carnitas my favorite--are the best I've had in the Twin Cities. Bravo for City Pages for finding this and rating it Numbero Uno.
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