MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — But after getting votes for more than 50 restaurants across the state, WCCO viewers chose Boca Chica as the best Mexican restaurant in Minnesota.

Located on St. Paul’s west side in the District Del Sol, is the location of the oldest Mexican restaurant in the Twin Cities.

The Frias family is practically Mexican food royalty in Minnesota.

If the photo on the wall with former U.S. President John F Kennedy isn’t enough to convince you, the fact that they’re directly responsible for bringing this style of food to our state should do the trick.

“My mother comes from a tradition — her family opened the first Mexican restaurant in 1945 in Minnesota,” Alfredo Frias said.

Gloria Coronado kept that tradition going when she married Alfredo’s father, Guillermo, and opened Boca Chica in 1964.

Back then, they had enough room for just six tables.

Since then, they’ve added on more than a few times, but have stayed the quintessential family restaurant. Alfredo does the accounting while his son, Jose, is at the front of the house.

The high-quality dishes go well with the award-winning margaritas.

“We don’t sell huge margaritas, we sell quality margaritas,” Frias said.

Boca Chica also has live Mariachi music on the fourth Saturday of every month.

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