The Taster and I carpool everyday to work. Or, I guess I should say we did. But everyday for many months, as I drove to the Best Buy Corporate Headquarters I saw the process of a new restaurant and market being remodeled.

Once it was open I had to stop in! I also needed masa flour so it really was necessary. ;) I was instantly taken back to the time I spent in Mexico as a child. The taqueria serves traditional Mexican food (complete with tongue and tripe tacos, tortas, alameres) and the adjoining market contains aisles of all the Mexican food you want (lime mayonaise, fanta, bimbo bread). I love these kinds of field trips.

Once I saw that the taqueria had tortas, which are traditional Mexican sandwiches, I added Andale Taqueria to our “must-visit” list and when we finally made the trip, I was a little obsessed. I had heard about this sandwich, but never tried it and never really even seen it around.

I ordered a carnitas torta with everything on it – beans, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, avocado, queso fresca and mayonaise. I proclaimed it the best sandwich I’d ever had and that I wanted to eat one every day for the rest of my life. Seriously. The taster thought that was stretching it a bit, but the sandwich was sooooo good! So many flavors going on and obviously, very filling.

The Taster went with the burrito pollo (chicken) which was Chipotle-sized and stuffed with rice, beans, salsa, sour cream and chicken. Yum! It definitely had a more authentic flavor to it than Chipotle Burritos.

I felt obligated to order a Mexican Coke – does anyone know the difference between them and regular coke? I originally thought Mexican coke was made with real cane sugar, but it was made with high fructose corn syrup. Hmmm.

The market is an experience in itself – it made me feel like I was in Mexico and I always love ¬†perusing new-to-me foods. A lot of memories came flooding back from the time I’ve spent in Mexico.

For all of you Minneapolis readers – try out Andale Taqueria – it is a gem! And if you try the tounge, tripe or other interesting tacos I’ll be really proud. ¬†I’m way too scared. :)

Andale Taqueria & Mercado

7700 Nicollet Avenue South

Richfield, MN




12 Comments (Reply )

  1. MyPeaceOfFood
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    Okay, I have been craving Mexican food all week…not sure if I can resist it now for another day! Even for my birthday party on Sunday I’m making shredded (hopefully organic) chicken tacos, homemade chips as long as they turn out alright, guac and a natural cocktail.

    I’ve always wanted to try a torta, and I think it’s funny that in Argentine Spanish, where my husband’s from, that means cake! Some of them are drunken, right? (I mean, dipped in sauce?)

    I thought the same thing about the Coke…did the bottle actually say Made in Mexico? Maybe they faked you out! Or Maybe Mexico has switched to HFCS too!


    • Emily
      Sep 15, 2011 @ 9:38 am

      The bottle did say “Made in Mexico” because there was a special sticker on it with everything in english….

      I didn’t notice that any of the tortas they had were “drunken” but I’ll keep my eyes out for that! :)

      Happy Birthday!


  2. Anna Johnson
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    We drive by this all the time too and want to check it out! Brian and I will add that to our list. See you tomorrow beautiful bride! :)


    • Emily
      Sep 15, 2011 @ 9:37 am

      Eeeeek!!! I’m ready. :)


  3. Bill Roehl
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    I recently reviewed Andale as well. Great menu items which you won’t find anywhere else but they are missing some touches which really need to be improved to make it stellar. For example, they’re fond of using jarred jalapenos on the tortas. Blech.


    • Emily
      Sep 15, 2011 @ 10:26 am

      Oh interesting, I didn’t even notice, whoops! :)


  4. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    I’ve been there! Such a cool place!


  5. Mellissa
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    I need to check it out, I had been there before the remodel so I am glad that they are making some updates.


  6. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    Sep 17, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    Looks like lots of places here in San Diego…but it’s in…my hometown!

    Nicollet Ave and Richfield. <– blast from the past

    I used to live in Uptown and some of my childhood friends live…in Richfield and Bloomington!


  7. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    Yay, I love new restaurant recommendations! This looks so good, we will have to give it a try!


  8. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    Yum, that torta looks really good! You know, I think Coke tastes different from every country! I think the syrup is just made with slightly different proportions to suit that country’s tastes…but then again, I usually have no idea what I’m talking about. ;)


  9. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    Love authentic places like this!


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