Renee Steve

HOMI Mexican Restaurant

864 University Avenue W
St Paul

(651) 222-0655

Date of Review
December 26, 2009


Entree Price:
$5 - $10

Our Total Bill:







Pepper: na

Kid Friendliness: Good

Kid Menu:yes

High Chair: Yes

Quick Service:Yes

Noise level: Moderate

Crayons/Toys: No

Takeout Available:Yes

Renee's Side Steve's Side

  • Empanadas plate – Choice of four empanadas with beans and rice (2 chicken/cheese, 1 beef/cheese, 1 chorizo/potato) $9.75

As happens once in awhile, we picked a restaurant out of the basket that was closed. You would think we would call ahead, but no, I guess that is part of the adventure. Usually we just drive up the road until we find one in our basket that is still open, but in this case Steve said let's just go here. I was not at first sure about that decision, since there was clearly no one else there and I had never heard of it. I am glad we followed Steve's lead on this one.

Homi has only been open two months, but it was one of the best meals I have had this year...the best Mexican for sure. My empanadas were a light pastry dough wrapped around very flavorful fillings and deep fried. They were wonderful and even though when they sat the plate in front of me, I thought there was no way I can eat all that...I did. Which ok, honestly is probably not saying too much, since I often eat too much, but these were totally worth the subsequent too full feeling. I really liked Steve entree as well and our son had a nice quesadilla for FREE. Kids under 5 eat for free. Crazy. They also say that if you are not full, just say so and they will give you more. Which seems impossible, but perhaps true, as I was too full to even pretend I was not full to test them.

I am not sure this is worth a drive across town, but for sure half way across and if you are even close, I would check it out.

  • Emoladas with beans and rice $9.75

We encountered HOMI quite by surprise. We were expecting to go to Red Pepper Café, but it has closed. Other times, we we’ve driven further to find an empty, desolate building. So we were surprised to see HOMI.

HOMI accommodates about 20 people total. The atmosphere is, well, homey. That, combined with the newness of the restaurant, makes service very personal.

The emolada was billed as something unique. HOMI also bills the mole sauce itself as unique. The emolada is simply a chicken enchilada in mole sauce. The combination is devilishly simple. I’m not a mole sauce connoisseur, but it seemed a little sweeter and thicker than normal mole sauce. The chicken was also tender and flavorful. The portion was generous, and it included standard beans and rice (which could use a little work, but maybe they’ll improve over time). If you’re in the area, try this place out.

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