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The textural differences of various dishes at Los Ocampo are riveting: The tlacoyo ($3.50)--in which the masa is combined with pinto beans and cheese, griddle-fried, and topped with radishes, lettuce, and crema--is rustic and rough-hewn. Meanwhile, the gordita ($4) has almost polenta-like swaths of creaminess. The quesadillas at Los Ocampo are so different from those at other places it's like comparing chicken nuggets to a whole roast chicken. Order one here (solo, for $4, or with rice and beans for $8) and one of the many women behind the line molds some fresh masa into a disk, claps it into a press that flattens it into a pancake, griddles it, flips it, folds it around any choice of meat (or mushrooms and cheese for a vegetarian version), then tucks in fresh radish slices, lettuce, crema, and queso fresco. This Los Ocampo also offers several versions of fancy, such as the huarache de costilla ($6.54), a long, flat, masa cake topped with a three- or four-bone section of pork ribs that have been cooked so long they are utterly gelatinous and meltingly tender. The kitchen here is well equipped for takeout and is ringed by easy parking.
TAQUERIA LOS OCAMPO #4 809 E. Lake St., Minneapolis 612.825.4978 I had been to the newest, shiniest Los Ocampo half a dozen times and was pretty well smitten, yet still afraid to bring friends there. The problem was this: I knew they would ask... More »
Unlike the extreme couponer in pursuit of the next haul of mouthwash, the burrito junkie isn't driven by quantity but by quality, and maybe a little bit by good carne asada. Everyone always talks about the tacos at Los Ocampo in the Midtown Global Market (though all the locations are just as good), which are indisputably outstanding, but the burritos -- thickly layered with your choice of over a dozen fillings, including tongue, pumpkin flower, and a super spicy Mexican-style chicken... More »
Think of a tortilla as a hand, and all the meat and onion and cilantro and salsa held inside it as a bouquet of protein, flavor, and spice. See, eating tacos is sort of like getting flowers, and it's spring every day at Los Ocampo. The taqueria makes the freshest, most vibrant tacos around. Don't worry, you can work your way up to tongue and tripe. For perfection, there's no need to even venture beyond the basics. The asada, ordered "Mexican-style," comes with a tight little pile of grilled... More »
The best way to judge a Mexican restaurant is by its tacos. Are the tortillas small, pliable, and doubled up? Is there a harmonious amount of cilantro and onion? Enough limes? How's the salsa? If a place passes the taco test, you can pretty much order anything else with reckless abandon. Los Ocampo, which has four Twin Cities locations, has tacos down, which means you could play Pin the Tail on the Donkey with the menu and leave happy. For just under $2 a taco you can choose from nearly a... More »
Choosing the best burrito is a daunting assignment, since there are many worthy competitors, including perennial favorite El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul. But this year belongs to the robust burritos of Taqueria Los Ocampo. First, these bad boys are huge, so you'll likely get two meals out of one, and their flavor is equally super-sized. Los Ocampo offers a variety of fillings, including chorizo, steak, roast pork, and veggies, but the best choice is the zesty Mexican-style chicken (with... More »
Choosing the best burrito is a daunting assignment, since there are many worthy competitors, including perennial favorite El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul. But this year belongs to the robust burritos of Taqueria Los Ocampo. First, these bad boys are huge, so you'll likely get two meals out of one, and their flavor is equally super-sized. Los Ocampo offers a variety of fillings, including chorizo, steak, roast pork, and veggies, but the best choice is the zesty Mexican-style chicken (with onions, tomato, and chiles). The filling not only offers a kick-start to the taste buds, but the chicken is fresh and pairs well with the creamy rice and beans. Los Ocampo doesn't skimp on the cilantro (a plus in our book), and the cheese, while present, doesn't smother the other tastes. The smooth green sauce, applied liberally, offers yet another layer of flavor. While at Los Ocampo be sure to sample their other excellent dishes, including the delicious huarache de costilla (featuring homemade masa cake) and the fragrant pozole, a traditional spicy soup served with tostadas.
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