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Zanz Mexican Restaurant

1041 E Madison Ave, Mankato, MN 56001-6143
507-388-4789
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Ranked #17 of 120 Restaurants in Mankato
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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English first
Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I've been eating here since the mid-80's. The restaurant itself is kind of a dive, but the mild cheese chilitos are simply amazing. Highly recommended.

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Armstrong, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

we always called this place Taco Eddies, because their food would come in plain wrappers. we would pick up a whole bag of tacos and share with everyone at school. everyone loved the food but could never find Taco Eddies well it was just Zanz. great quick Mexican food. no the secret is out.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Here is a quiet, under-the-radar taco stand that uses little advertising and doesn't have a bold bright sign in front. Zanz, although changing names a few times over the decades, has been chugging out the same delicious food from a hardly changed menu year after year. Locals know where to go for great taste and Zanz has been a favorite... More

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Minnesota Nice
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

I have eating here since 1989. Yeah, it's a bit greasy and cheesy. Definitely a knockoff and throwback to the old Zapata and Zantigo chains. Not a whole lot of flavor and the hot sauce comes in packets. A throwback treat if you have ever eaten at the now defunct Mexican chains. everything is reasonably priced. Old style booths at... More

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Go for Tostada Thursdays...I could eat two, but should only eat one cuz I'm trying to preserve my figure (not really). Honestly, a nice place for a quick appetizing lunch. And, by the way, the hardshell tacos, of which my son eats six at a time are damn good, too. We've been coming back here for 20+ years. Keep up... More

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Ormsby, Minnesota
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59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Way back in the 1980's we used to go to the Zanz for the cheese chilitos. They were awesome then and they still are today. I don't think the restaurant inside has changed any since the 80's. Is could really use some updating but, we just stop in to get what we want and go on to our destination. So... More

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Mankato, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

You must try the Cheese Chillitos. The Tostadas are great also. The layout and atmosphere has much to be desired.

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Waseca, MN
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Have eaten the cheese chilitos through childhood, college and have now introduced them to my kids! They're on sale on Tuesdays!

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Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Some other locals are little upset about the rankings this place can get. Understand that this is fast food not high end dining. Decades ago this was a Zantigos, a franchise that vanished but has returned in the St. Paul, MN area. The place was so popular with locals that the place endured despite a mandatory name change. It is... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2011

The "Cheese Chilito" is the greatest fast food item ever created!!!!!

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