Curbside Takeout: Centro in Minneapolis

Popol Vuh may be closed, but Centro is still Jason’s no. 1 pick for takeout during the pandemic
Getting takeout at Centro
Getting takeout at Centro

Photos by Jason DeRusha

Centro has become my no. 1 spot for takeout during the pandemic. Ordering is easy, pick-up is a breeze in the small parking lot behind the restaurant, and the food makes the trip from Minneapolis to Maple Grove so easily. (In case you missed it: Centro’s more upscale sister restaurant Popol Vuh, housed in the same building, closed a month ago.)

Take-and-bake nachos from Centro
Take-and-bake nachos from Centro

Let’s hope take-and-bake nachos is a concept that sticks around. Sure, making your own nachos at home isn’t that hard. But why not choose the perfect chips from Centro, with beautifully tender and flavorful meat (pick between chicken, beef, and pork) sitting in your oven for 15 minutes?

Chef Jose Alarcon makes these nachos pop with pickled jalapeños, cotija cheese, and smoky green salsa. A meal for one (or a great starter for a family) is $15.

Take-and-bake tacos for four, from Centro
Take-and-bake tacos for four, from Centro

The take-home tacos for four ($30) made it easy to reheat the carnitas when we got home, keeping the rice, beans, and tortillas separate. Great house-made chips and salsas, too.

Centro's cocktail kit
Centro’s cocktail kit

And some of the most enjoyable cocktail kits, too: We loved the Morelos Sour (just add bourbon at home) and the easy instructions. We also quickly devoured the Micheladas, complete with spices to rim the glass. Just add the Tecate beer that we also picked up curbside.


1414 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis

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