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Zanz Mexican Restaurant

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1041 E Madison Ave, Mankato, MN 56001-6143
507-388-4789
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10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Hometown favorite

Been going to Zanz since I was a kid. Now I bring my kids in to enjoy the delicious burritos and chilitos. The building is old, the staff is ever changing, and the roof leaks when it rains. But all of this oddly adds to the charm. For my family, Zanz is a rite of passage and we love it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
SoulJahGyal
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Minnesota
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went here first time about 5 years ago, but not impressed. Today i stopped in again to give it another try and try the chilitos. I guess they were okay...messy and nothing special. I will say however that the 4-5 young ladies working were extremely loud and obnoxious. Seriously to the point of making the experience quite unpleasant. They were... More 

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Thank 626KD
Mankato, Minnesota
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An absolute establishment of Mankato known mostly for only one menu item the all mighty Cheese Chilito.

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Thank KTMmanSAM
Kings mills
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Wish I could get cheese chilitos everywhere I live so stop a lot when I come back to visit Mankato...have been eating them for forty years!

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Thank Sc2sd2oh
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Been going to Zanz since I was a kid. Now I bring my kids in to enjoy the delicious burritos and chilitos. The building is old, the staff is ever changing, and the roof leaks when it rains. But all of this oddly adds to the charm. For my family, Zanz is a rite of passage and we love it.

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Thank SoulJahGyal
MN
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We have recently found ourselves back at Zanz and nothing has changed. The food still tastes great and the building still looks the same. Since the Mexican Village closed Zanz has the best Tex-Mex style food in town. We're back to being regulars, and loving it. I have been there many times when customers are purchasing items in large quantities... More 

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Thank Moparjim
Mankato, Minnesota
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

If you've never had a cheese chilito you are in for a treat. The food is made fresh and is a good value. The menu isn't large and the decor is very dated. It's a rare treasure that is a local legend!

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Thank 296rk22
Des Moines, Iowa
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My family tries to hit at least one unusual restaurant each time we travel to a new city, and so Zanz was our experiment for Mankato. It was great. The facade looks like an old A&W Drive In (or something along those lines), and hasn't had much updating in years, from what we understand. This makes the experience that much... More 

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Thank AverageGuy999
MANKATO
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158 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Older local fast food place with excellent food--the tacos are superior to Taco John or Taco Bell. Unfortunately, no drive through--you have to go inside to order. Decor from the 60s and 70s.

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Thank 110kitty
Mankato, Minnesota
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

I doubt there has been any money invested back in the restaurant for 30 years, I literally witnessed tin foil routing a leak in the roof to a five gallon bucket one time. they clean up once a year whether it needs it or not. But I keep going back for the hot chilitos, tacos and disinterested teenager service?,???.

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1 Thank Somndude
Mankato, Minnesota
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Zanz is legendary, just make sure you order the right thing! Pros -The Chilitos are Legendary -The Tacos are the Best I've had -The Taco Burritos are Heavenly Cons -The enchiladas are so bad -No soft shell tacos for really picky kids -The "meals" are pretty skimpy and the side salad has french dressing -It's pretty expensive compared to other... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1041 E Madison Ave, Mankato, MN 56001-6143
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Mankato
  • Phone Number: 507-388-4789

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?