Taco Review: La Huasteca


With its obnoxious flashing neon lights, La Huasteca is a small family run taqueria off South Nicollet across from the infamous Quang’s and behind Shuang Hur Asian market. I’ve been to both Quang’s and Shuang Hur more times than I can count but overlooked this remarkable taco spot until some amazing Tacopalooza2015 followers and Redditors recommended it to me. After doing this blog thing for a year now, I had still not heard of this place but after it was recommended 3 times in 1 week as one of the best authentic places in Minneapolis, I knew I could not hesitate in tasting it for myself.

Best decision ever.

Not only is La Huasteca incredibly authentic but they have goat and lamb options which I have yet to see offered anywhere else. I got one each of goat, lamb, and chorizo tacos with a pork tamale on the side. The pork tamale did not look incredibly appetizing but it was served in the banana leaf in which is was steamed so that is a positive sign. My first cut into the tamale did not seem hopeful as it was all masa but I was pleasantly surprised once I got to the pork. The pork was insanely tender and juicy and once you eat it with the masa you realize that its thickness compliments the meat of the tamale wonderfully. I personally could have used a bit more chile rojo sauce on/in mine but the tamale was still one of the best I’ve had. I wonder if I can buy a catering sheet of them?


The chorizo was pretty average: not overly greasy but a tad on the salty side. The goat and lamb tacos were definitely the stars of my meal. Moist, chunked goat meat in a (I’m guessing) mojales sauce was served on a taco. The meat plus sauce combo was a gorgeous deep red color and actually sort of sweet. Sweet and savory is how I’d describe it. And mouth-watering. My favorite though of the meal had to be the lamb taco. Moist, tender, shredded lamb graced the corn tortilla with a spicy orange sauce and traditional cilantro and onion garnishes. I don’t really know what was in the orange sauce on the lamb but I know my tongue liked it. Spicy and light, a perfect compliment to the delicate gamey flavor of the lamb.

From left to right: chorizo, goat, lamb (I botched the photo by not arranging the tacos better, sometimes I just get too excited and want to eat rather than take photos.)


Taco Rating: 5 out of 5! I’m for sure going back to try the stews they make… and for tacos again… and probably a tamale… don’t judge me. I have to eat all this for science.


Taco Review: Tavial Grill

Long story short, go to Tavial Grill for tamales instead of tacos.



I had 1 carne asada taco which was the definition of “blah” and 1 chorizo taco which was very dry. I’ve mentioned before how I like crispness to my taco meats but these both were on the overcooked side- too much crisp is definitely not a good thing. There was little flavor to the meat and even their house salsa couldn’t cover up the taste. I give both of these tacos a 2 out of 5. They did have pretty tasty beans though.

The tamale was the saving grace of the meal for me. It was well packed with a good masa exterior. While it may have been just a little on the light side in terms of meat, it had great flavor. I still argue that Los Loma has the best tamales but these are also worth a try if you are in the neighborhood of West 7th street and Tuscarora in St. Paul.



I give the tacos at Tavial Grill a 2 out of 5.  The tamale was solid, otherwise for tacos, you’d be better off going down the road to taco bell.

Taco count: 198-199