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Teasing the Tongue

Viva Mexico Cafe (612) 781-3890
1900 University Av NE, Minneapolis, MN

Fajitas, Flautas, Enchiladas, Quesadillas... Mexican food is almost as much fun to pronounce as it is to eat. But at Viva Mexico Cafe in NE Minneapolis, the food is definitely the entertainment. According to the owner, Carlos Herrara, the recipes are straight from Mama's kitchen. Mexican food is anything but dull and to quote Carlos, "If you know how to season Mexican food, you get great taste!

Carlos is a local artist who has lived in the United States for over thirty years. He grew up selling tacos on the streets of Acapulco and learned the value of fresh ingredients and homemade taste. At Viva Mexico Cafe, the tortillas, chips, shells and tamales are all made in-house. And they exclusively use shredded beef because the seasoning works into the meat better.

A featured item is the Chimichanga, a popular entree in North America. Carlos claims his special uncooked tortillas and expertise with seasoning sets his Chimis apart from the corporate restaurants that dominate the landscape. Carlos sets his restaurant further apart from the corporate giants by his willingness to work with the customer to make their meal unique. "Nothing is set in stone," Carlos asserts. "Anything can be changed to satisfy the customer." Viva Mexico Cafe offers a wide assortment of traditional meals including seafood and an enticing selection of soups.

Two unique refreshments on the menu are Jarritos, a popular brand of Mexican soda, and Horchata, a delicious homemade drink of ground rice, vanilla, milk and a little sugar. Horchata is a dessert-like staple of Mexican homes, but relatively unknown amongst Gringos. It's an inexpensive treat that delights children and adults equally.

Viva Mexico Cafe tantalizes the locals at the corner of University Avenue NE and 19th Avenue NE in Minneapolis. Lunch and dinner are served Monday through Saturday from 11:00am until 11:00pm and Sunday 11:00am through 8:00pm.

Submitted by Robert W. McClain