As a 3rd generation Tucsonan, my family has been going to this long-standing Sonoran restaurant for many years and we consider it one of the best in Tucson. It has pleasant, simple decor, an extensive menu and some of the best carne seca in town. On our last visit, we were seated right away and my wheelchair bound mother was easily accommodated. The margaritas were mediocre (tasted like a mix) but loaded with tequila. I had my usual carne seca tacos - 2 hard shell tacos filled to the top with flavorful, succulent carne seca. The accompanying beans were authentic frijoles and tasted like the traditional ones made with lard (don't know if they use it but it has that too-good taste of lard). The rice was light and fluffy and perfect. My platter was huge and my mother's combination plate was so big she had leftovers for the next day. The menudo was also quite good - full of plump hominy and tripe and came with plenty of cilantro, onions and lemons to garnish. The tamale was OK...we just have never found a restaurant that makes tamales better than my own family does. Prices are still reasonable although creeping up but I know costs of everything are going up everywhere. Whenever I come back home to Tucson, a visit to El Minuto is always on the list of things to do.
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