It will almost always take more than un minuto to get a table at this busy downtown Mexican eatery, but people don't seem to mind waiting. The dining ... More
El Minuto Cafe
It will almost always take more than un minuto to get a table at this busy downtown Mexican eatery, but people don't seem to mind waiting. The dining room is comfortable, colorful and convenient to all downtown venues. Its consistently good Sonoran-style Mexican food is a favorite with downtown workers and attendees at the Tucson Convention Center. The menu includes Tacos, Enchiladas, Burros, Chimichangas and the local favorite, Topopo salad. Everything is homemade and hearty.
I went to El Minuto for the first time the other day. I can't say enough about how quick the service was and good the food. Excellent. My party was working with a time constraint b/c of our children performing at TCC Music Hall. We were back with lots of time to spare and NO STRESS. El Minuto was simply the best.
The food served at this establishment is bland. One might as well order a table cloth and eat it to get the taste of the entrees found on their menu. Their hamburgers are fair. However, if you want Mexican food with taste go to El Charro.
This is one of Tucson's best original Sonoran-style restaurants located at the edge of the historic townsite known as the Barrio Historico. Sonoran style food, with its fresh ingredients and careful attention to spices and sauces is what makes Tucson the undisputed king of Mexican food around the world.
The food at El Minuto is 100% tasty and original, with fresh and slightly stretchy homemade tortillas, slightly crispy and very tasty meats, savory and complex sauces, tasty cheese crisps, and real homemade table salsa with a slightly garlicy chile flavor.
This place is unassuming, and you can almost always find a table immediately, unlike the more popular but comparable Mi Nidito which requires a 1-2 hour wait, and the prices are a couple of bucks cheaper per plate.
After dinner, walk south around the live Ocotillo fence to visit one of the most famous wishing shrines in the world, El Tiradito, to light a candle and make your wish come true.
We just returned for a meal at El Minuto last week after a couple of years away and nothing has changed, thankfully!
Just a mile or two from the most famous carne seca in Tucson (at El Charro), El Minuto's is, to my taste, better. The rest of the menu tends toward the basic and a little bland, but good and filling. The service is usually good and sometimes excellent, the decor is pleasant, and the values are great.
Pros: Beef tacos, tortilla soup, salsa, chicken enchiladas, margaritas, beef burros...EVERYTHING is good here. Great $5 lunch specials during the week. Consistently good for 20+ years for me. Cons: They are no longer open till 2am on weekend nights. Overall: My first choice for Mexican food, for a regular meal or to take out of towners. The best in Tucson, second only to Los Olivas in Scottsdale.