Renee Steve

El Taco Riendo

2416 Central Ave NE

(612) 781-3000

Date of Review
January 16, 2011


Entree Price:

Our Total Bill:







Pepper: none

Kid Friendliness: Excellent

Kid Menu:Yes

High Chair: ?

Quick Service:Yes

Noise level: Moderate/High

Crayons/Toys: No

Takeout Available:Yes

Renee's Side Steve's Side

  • Shrimp Fajitas $11

El Taco Riendo is one of my favorite places in NE. We have gone there to pick up lunch many essentially has become our Chipotle. But this is the first time I had eaten in the restaurant. Because I was eating in I had the fajitas which just seem more like an eat in meal to me. The were great as expected. In fact the best I have had. Usually when we get lunch there I order three tacos. I have yet to have one I have not liked. There burritos are chipotle size, but much better in my opinion. And I was a big fan of Chipotle until El Taco Riendo opened.

  • Quesadilla Gringo $7.50

We have been to El Taco Riendo for lunch several times, and we finally tried it out at dinner time. The place itself is little more than a storefront on Central Avenue less than a block south of Lowry Avenue. The décor reflects little has been done in terms of leasehold improvements, but the bench seating and tables are comfortable even if well-worn. The service is good, but equally humble; you order at the counter, and they deliver food to the table (they could use a high chair and maybe a booster seat).

The food itself is worth a trip from further afield. The quesadilla gringo contains a spicy, juicy, tender, succulent pork. I cannot guarantee the actual preparation, but there is a mouthwatering description at The large tortilla filled with pastor and pineapple, delicious even if it is on the greasy side. The side tomato-onion-cilantro salsa was fresh and delicious. The guacamole was also fantastic. On prior visits, I have never been disappointed by their tacos and burritos.

El Taco Riendo is a sure-fire second date place, when you want to impress your date that you are worldly and value-minded.

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