Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Saguaro in south Minneapolis
Saguaro has a taco that is eminently cravable. Comprising only two or three bites of buttery, crisp-edged braised pork belly rubbed with fennel and coriander served with a crunchy jicama slaw on a homemade tortilla, it’s representative of what the owners of this south Minneapolis restaurant refer to as Arizona-Mexican fare. The menu features seven varieties of tacos (including fried chicken, roasted carrot, and lamb sausage), an honest-to-goodness chimichanga, braised pork shank, and hanger steak with tomato adobo sauce.
When I factored in the made-from-scratch philosophy and family-friendly ambiance, I sensed the makings for what could be a new franchise. Considering that Saguaro, built on the footprint of an old Caribou Coffee, was created by the Abdo family—best known for their quick-service My Burger locations, the Nicollet Island Inn, and a couple of State Fair concessions—I predict that’s what the future holds.
5309 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-886-2083, saguarompls.com