The state of Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline and none of it is on the Rio Grande. We may be better known for lutefisk than carne asada, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate a deal, even if it is on a spicy little wrap from south of the border. If you want a taste of Mexico and don’t want to renew that passport, hop in your Vanagon, throw on your serape and take the Taco Tuesday tour.
Mr. D’s Bar and Grill
5622 Grand Ave.
Duluth, MN 55807
If you’re starting your Tuesday taco trip in the northland, your best bet for an authentic “Minnesota Taco” at a Tuesday price is at Mr. D’s on Grand Avenue in Duluth. D’s has both Michelob Amber Bock and Killian’s Irish Red on tap, live music daily and starting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons, three hard-shell tacos for 99 cents (with the purchase of a beverage).
11073 Minnesota 37
Hibbing, MN 55746
While you’re up north, you might want to head over to Dylan Country and check out The Airway on Highway 37 in Hibbing. You can sign up for a beer pong tournament, sing some karaoke, and if it’s Tuesday, take advantage of the hard- or soft-shell beef tacos served with lettuce, tomato, cheese and sauce, all for two bucks a piece.
Bierstube Steakhouse and Grill
233 Withers Harbor Drive
Red Wing, MN 55066
If all of this northern southern fare is too bland for you, hop in the vee-dub and putter down to Red Wing for a German take on the taco at the Bierstube on Withers Harbor Drive in Red Wing. There’s a dollar discount on Rachels, Rubens and brats every Tuesday night, but the real draw is the tacos. They are served hard or soft, come with sour cream on the side and sell for a dollar and a half each. According to the bartender, most patrons slap down six, eat three and leave the change (that’s a six and a half peso tip).
McGoon’s Taxi Co. Pub
7 2nd St. S.W.
Rochester, MN 55902
Fill the tank, grab a Bravo Mexico energy drink and point the raft south because McGoon’s Taxi Co. Pub in Rochester has the taco Tuesday deal of the day. Beef, chicken, fish or shrimp tacos are served all day long in this 2nd Street hangout located below Goony’s Comedy Club. These guys are funny; the Facebook page states a 36-taco-per-person minimum, but the management claims they’ve never seen anybody eat more than five at a time.
1511 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
To finish off your tour, turn around and the Mississippi River to Minneapolis, where it is Tuesday every day at Carlos and Hector Lopez’s Taco Taxi. Parked on Lake and Bloomington on the edge of an Auto Parts parking lot, the Taco Taxi food truck is the neighborhood go-to for authentic Mexican tacos: asada, pastor, cabeza, langua, carnitas, pollo or tripa (steak, pork, beef, cow tongue, shredded pork, chicken or cow tripe). They are all a dollar and a quarter, and you can wash them down with an ice cold Jarritos Mandarina. There are no tables, no roof and no entertainment, but at Taco Taxi, you’re finally getting the real thing, even if you are 2,000 miles from Jalisco.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.