El Mariachi

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Mexican restaurant and bar on Nicollet

Restaurant, Bar

This spacious Mexican restaurant has a full bar and lots of parking as it is in a strip mall on Nicollet. Vegetarians and vegans have to specify what they're looking for, but the food here is authentic and not overly Americanized.

Added by conde.kedar on Dec 19 08 (last updated Dec 20 08)

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El Mariachi caters to Mexicans (most of the signage is in Spanish, as are the printed receipts) and accordingly has no labeled vegetarian food on the menu. You can have them construct a taco or tostada but it won't be anything you couldn't have done at home with lettuce, tomatoes and a tortilla. Avoid the beans and rice, as the former is cooked with lard and the latter with chicken broth.

Given their location on Nicollet, I'm surprised they don't even attempt to attract a more diverse crowd with vegetarian options or even a token "vegetarian" section on the menu with cheese enchiladas and avocado.

While they do serve free chips and salsa, I found the chips to be overly salty and the salsa was more like a thick marinara sauce, rather than a fresh and light pico de gallo with tomatoes, onions and herbs.

Come here for the bar and the music (which can get pretty loud, by the way). Their mixed drinks are tasty but quite expensive at $7-9 a piece. Better stick with a Corona next time.

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Eat Street (Nicollet)


Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • American Express Discover MasterCard Visa


  • Mexican


  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Live Music



noon - 8pm
noon - 10pm
10am - 10pm

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