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El Minuto Cafe

#130 of 1,574 Restaurants in Tucson
₹₹ - ₹₹₹Mexican,
354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
+1 520-882-4145
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good35%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“cheese crisp” (30 reviews)
“carne seca” (20 reviews)
“enchiladas” (20 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
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Reviewed yesterday

Family owned and operated. I love the crisps with guacamole and carne seca! Located in a former home, with a small outdoor patio outside just south of the Tucson Convention Center it is a barrio gem! Not ffancy just plain and simple good food in...More

Thank Roger C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

El Minuto Cafe has excellent Chile Rellenos! A great way to differentiate between good Mexican food restaurants, is to compare their Chile Rellenos. El Minuto Cafe starts with meaty full flavoured green chilies, stuffs them with white Mexican cheese, uses a light egg batter and...More

Thank Bob K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fun little place close to downtown. Great service and a full menu of Mexican specialties. Family friendly colorful interior. Sometimes a wait during prime evening hours. Parking in back but only about 25 spaces.

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were referred to this 80 year old restaurant by a local store owner. The food was good. It was old time Mexico. The decor is a little dated, but, would recommend this.

Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service was fast. I had a chicken salad... chicken wasn't seasoned, and the lettuv4 was iceberg, so the salad was pretty bland. My husband had a smothered beef burrito (red sauce), and thought it was ok. Didn't have anything to make this restaurant stand out.

Thank Michele H
Reviewed 30 January 2018

Fantastic Sonoran style Mexican food. Come to Tucson often but missed this one. I had two entrees it was so good. The carne seca enchiladas and the beef tamales were fantastic. Great sauce, great beans, careful preparation and great prices and service. If this was...More

Thank Mlleron
Reviewed 9 January 2018

This place is pricy in that you spend around $15 for combo plates. However, they are huge with 4 items. They have small and large soups for $5 or $9 dollars. However, there isn't much of a size difference between the two. The menudo was...More

Thank waterdance
Reviewed 4 January 2018

hosted a large group (30) for a pre Roadrunners happy hour. Between cheese crisps, some other apps and margaritas and beer, not sure what else you need. It had been years since been here and for sure it wont be that long again. It is...More

Thank sccrref
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Located immediately south of the Tucson Arena and Convention Center this has become my go to place for dinner before hockey games and other events. Generous portions of well made Mexican dishes and very good service.

Thank Tom R
Reviewed 19 November 2017

I'd wanted to take some friends to the 'Bill Clinton Was Here' restaurant. It turned out that this wasn't it, but I discovered the best-tasting Mexican food that I've had here. I had a dish from the 'Combination Plates' column, aptly entitled 'Combination Plate". All...More

Thank Chris B
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Bill B
19 November 2016|
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Response from arzcasey | Reviewed this property |
I was there only once recently, and honestly probably won't go back. I am unsure if they have the options you are asking about, since it is Mexican food, I would think not too many options there.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 6
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 354 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2226
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-882-4145
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