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El Minuto Cafe

354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
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Ranked #192 of 1,682 Restaurants in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $6
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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Tucson, Arizona
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66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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22 reviews 22 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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144 reviews 144 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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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
14 helpful votes 14 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Houston, Texas, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Stopped in at the El Minuto Café in Tucson for some Mexican takeout. Choose from the Combination Plates, ordered an El Minuto Special and a Chili Rellenos. Both were delicious and portions are large. Waiters were friendly and efficient. Prices are a little high, but food and atmosphere are wonderful.

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Chandler, Arizona
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The El Minuto has terrific Mexican food, and such a variety! They catered to our rather large group, and assigned us our own wait staff. Orders were promptly taken, drinks delivered, and food served rather quickly. The wait staff was very attentive and the food delicious! I will return here!

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