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El Minuto Cafe

354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
520-882-4145
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Ranked #273 of 1,687 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $6
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Frankfort, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

I couldn't wait to get back to El Minuto for their Chimichunga but this time, it wasn't as wonderful as last May (2013). I ate out in the patio, with birds on all the chairs waiting for droppings. The patio is well-screened but very close to sidewalk and cars, so not really an "atmosphere," but it is what it is.... More

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

My daughter and I ate at this poor- excuse-for a Mexican restaurant yesterday (10/31/14). The place was packed. Apparently, these people don't have any "taste" (pun). To start with, the salsa was a joke!Tomato sauce with a "kick". They give you a small dish of OK chips. I ordered a tostada (Topopo) $10.95. I was presented with a mound of... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It had been a few years since I last came here. Nothing has changed. The combination of its nifty location at the edge of the historic barrio just south of the Convention Center, it's decor, and excellent menu all work together perfectly. The salsa is mild like a tomato sauce with some powdered chile in it. The bottled sauce on... More

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We were told about this restaurant by some local people at the airport. Driving to the place we were wondering where in the world have they sent us, this is not an elegant restaurant by any means but oh my goodness is the food delicious! This is some of the best Mexican food I have ever eaten. You must try... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Since I've started doing this, more apt to follow thru on writing up a bad experience than giving credit where it's due. That is certainly the case for El Minuto in downtown Tucson, my go to Mexican lunch restaurant in a town famous for it's Mexican restaurants. We average eating here at least once a week. Never disappointed. Although the... More

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Davison, Michigan
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74 reviews 74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is one restaurant I do not miss whenever I am in Tucson. They have the best cheese crisp anywhere. Often I try to hit this restaurant a least twice when I am in town

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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171 reviews 171 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We went to El Minuto's because I like their refried beans. The food was very good and the service is top-notch. There is inside and outside seating and the outside seating is great because it's completely covered.

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USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We always visit El Minuto at least twice on each trip to Tucson. They have a great menu the food is always good. Steak Mexicana is my favorite dish.

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

Reminiscent of what Tucson was like 50 years ago with a quaint family Mexican cafe. Colorful interior, friendly family service, and good Mexican food. Worth the visit to have a taste of Classic Tucson and the barrio historico. Easy parking, large servings, and good food.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Nestled out of the way on the edge of a quiet neighborhood. The restaurant is bright and smells inviting. Service was quick and the food was pretty good. We had a cheese crisp the size of a large pizza with lots of cheese and two bowls of soup: menudo and albondigas. So, I can't speak for their tacos or enchiladas... More

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Additional Information about El Minuto Cafe

Address: 354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
Phone Number: 520-882-4145
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 6 - 6
Cuisine: Mexican

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