Photos by Caitlin Abrams
World Street Kitchen
Snacking and drinking at World Street Kitchen
No need to bemoan the lack of funds for a beach vacation. For some reason, there's been a taco invasion in the Uptown area. What better way to staycation than staging a taco and margarita crawl amid the party central of Minneapolis?
**Yes, we know you can find a whole host of authentic tacos just a hop-skip down East Lake, but that's like a cover story (hint, hint: August).
THE VIBE: Great, creative, global food reigns at this counter-service spot. The only bar is along the kitchen, but you can still get a drink.
THE TACO: The Kingston 12 with jerk beef brisket is topped with chimichurri and fresh cheese. Fast runner up is the La Panza lamb belly with jalapeño pickles and "secret sauce."
THE MARG: There's no tequila here, but the Mango Masala Situation is made with sake, mango juice, a kick of garam masala, and is so very transporting.
THE VIBE: Spring break. The patio bar is great, they do a community Tequila Sunset shot every night when the sun goes down, and there's no pretention here.
THE TACO: Stick with the basic chicken tinga or carnitas, topped American-style with lots of lettuce and shredded cheese. Two for $5 at happy hour.
THE MARG: The Pink Grapefruit Margarita is bright and zingy, and not too cloyingly sweet. Otherwise, have the bartender make you something special; they're good at riffing.
THE VIBE: Laid-Back Beach House. Nothing moves very fast at Nico's, and if the sun is out, your time on the upstairs porch will be well spent.
THE TACO: The pescado with battered cod is crisp and delightful, but the camaron with shrimp in chile de arbol sauce is the best. Spend the $1 and add avocado to anything.
THE MARG: Medicine Man margarita is made with reposado tequila that's been infused with smoked sage, plus Spanish Licor 43, fresh lime, and organic agave nectar. It's an all around smooth and healing concoction.
THE VIBE: Day of the Dead. The former Boneyard space has been turned even further south, but the patio is still huge and welcoming. Lots of packs of women here.
THE TACO: This is where you go for chorizo or grilled steak tacos, because they won't overcook it into charred oblivion.
THE MARG: The Pink Cadillac is a refreshing bite with cranberry, while the El Camino is much pinker and sweeter.
THE VIBE: Club Taco. We don't mind using our outdoor voice at this thumpy nightspot—the tacos are worth it.
THE TACO: Tio Pepe's Taco Hole is a giant platter of fixings so you can make the perfect taco selfie. Stretch and go for the braised lamb leg or the chorizo-style ground duck. Good for a group: 10 tacos for $27.
THE MARG: Ofrenda de Catrina is a tasty hibiscus-lime concoction, but the Passionate Eruption is loaded with booze and serves two.
THE VIBE: New Kid on the Block! Just opened, this modern newbie has fresh Latino ideas and a zingy zest for life.
THE TACO: Chicken pibil has the added bump of basil and spiced almonds, and pork belly tacos come with smoked cheese and pepitas for a smashing change of pace.
THE MARG: The basic margarita here is simple and straightforward, but the Habanero Margarita has a spicy-salty rim and can be kicked up or down depending how you feel.