Terrific Twin Cities Tacos

Restaurant recommendations from MnMo food critics Jason DeRusha and Joy Summers.

Joy’s Picks

The beauty of a taco is the blank canvas of a tortilla. There are so many things that could go inside. You’re limited only by the imagination of the chef.

Los Ocampo: This is my winner for classic. The tender carnitas are perfectly topped with snappy onions, chopped cilantro, spritz of lime, and a swipe of the insanely hot, flavorful green salsa. (Multiple Minneapolis and St. Paul locations)

Vellee Deli: The melding of all things wonderful land on a corn tortilla that comes from Vellee Deli: tender, spicy, sweet barbecue pork, crackin’ slaw, and creamy aioli. (Downtown Minneapolis)

BBQ Tacos from Vellee Deli. Photo by TJ Turner.

Jason’s Picks

Sometimes I like a fancy taco, but usually I like a dirty taco: greasy, loaded, spicy.

Sonora Grill: They call them caramelos, but these are basically Sonora-style tacos, some of which come with melted cheese. I love the spicy red tempura battered shrimp, and the fried eggplant with roasted red peppers and pickled onions. (East Lake Street)

El Rodeo: People complain that there’s no good Mexican in town. Go to Maple Grove! Seriously! It’s family-owned, and the tacos de carne asada have deep flavor and a bright pico de gallo salsa. (Maple Grove)