This location is now closed.
Back in February when I attended the EDAM meeting where Burnsville and the BPAC Executive Director, Jon Elbaum, misrepresented faulty data as truth, I decided to do my part to bolster local businesses prior to a BPAC-hosted event by eating at Taqueria Hidalgo located in the strip mall across the street. While not the famed Subway which did its best day of business ever due to the BPAC, I figured it was worth spending a few dollars there than eating food catered from a restaurant which exists in its current location solely due to the strong economic incentives provided at great taxpayer expense.
I walked in to a nearly empty store. It was me, two women working the counter/grill, and a friend chatting with the woman cooking. While being mostly ignored I finally shouted my order out over their chatting and eventually the cook got to work assembling my most favorite lunch item to order at Hispanic restaurants–a Cuban Torta. The menu board gave a few hints as to what was included but the open counter format allowed me to watch as the cook grilled my meat, heated up the bread, and assembled my sandwich.
When I eat a torta from a taqueria I expect a few things:
1. A good amount of tasty meat.
2. Fresh and abundant veggies such as sliced jalapenos–not from a can/jar.
3. Soft, warm bread which does not fall apart when you hold it in your hands.
4. Bright green avocado freshly scooped from the skin.
Unfortunately the torta from Taqueria Hidalgo missed each and every single one. The meat was flavorless, overcooked, and dry. The veggies were disappointing scarce and while I got my requested “extra jalapenos” they were salty and gross and carried a distinct metallic taste. The bread was dry, almost toasted instead of warm and pliable, and fell apart as I ate it leaving my hands covered in pieces of tasteless cheese and avocado. It came out of a large plastic bag on the counter and if it had been shipped in that day it certainly wasn’t fresh when it was. The avocado, which was scooped from one of the many stainless containers behind the glass of the counter, was dark and clearly had been exposed to the air for far too long.
I tried and tried and tried to enjoy the sandwich and even slowed down and took my time to see if there was some little thing I was missing but overall I was extremely disappointed in the torta I tried at Taqueria Hidalgo. While I’m certain they have some specific menu item I was clearly missing out on, being that the service was less than friendly, it is unlikely I would have found out what those special items were.
The price for my sandwich and bottled soft drink came to $7.99. Certainly nothing outrageous but definitely overpriced for the quality of the ingredients and the overall product I received. I probably would have been better off at Subway for one of their $5 footlongs. That said, I wouldn’t recommend anyone seek out Taqueria Hidaglo and in fact, if you’re in the mood for a torta, I suggest you head down Burnsville Parkway to CR-5 and try out Tacolmeca instead.
Have you ever eaten at Taqueria Hidalgo in Burnsville before? If so what did you think? What did you order and would you recommend that item as something to try instead? Compared to other local Hispanic restaurants around the area how would you rank Taqueria Hidalgo? Whatever you have to say about TH in Burnsville go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
12609 Nicollet Ave
Burnsville, MN 55337