This afternoon, following numerous suggestions by MSPD on other posts across the site, Kim and I headed over to Taqueria La Hacienda #3 (they have two locations on Lake Street in Minneapolis as well) in Burnsville, MN for lunch. While MSPD has given some great recommendations in the past, I was still a bit leery of trying authentic Mexican food with Kim in tow as you never know what she’s going to like and what she’s going to really hate me for later.
We pulled into the tiny parking lot, with narrow spaces, just before noon and walked in. The restaurant was pretty crowded and we found that we were the only people that weren’t of Hispanic descent inside. We took this to mean, improperly I suppose, that this was truly authentic cuisine and figured we were in for a real treat. After taking a look at the menu hanging on a large board overhead (I wasn’t able to find any website so I scanned their menu and put it in PDF format here for you) we made our choices and sat down and waited for our orders.
The restaurant itself is fairly small and definitely fits your typical South Metro strip mall look and feel. There was a simple deli style counter to order at and plenty of simple tables and chairs to enjoy your food. While I find Chipotle to be more or less ridiculous, plenty of you seem to feel that it’s the best thing since sliced bread and this is more or less just like that–except they make everything, including the tortillas fresh before your eyes. Being that they do everything right there the service was a bit slow but it only added to the overall experience (smells mostly) and made me only that much more excited to eat the food once it was in front of me.
When ordering Kim went with their $6.95 Carne Asada Platillos (combination plates) which included rice, beans, salsa, and corn tortillas. She ordered a bottle of Mexican Coke ($2.25) to drink and also picked up a hefty piece of their Pastel De Tiramisu (Tiramisu cake at $3.95) for dessert. I was a little more adventurous and went with their Lengua taco (beef tongue) to which Kim said, “don’t even show it to me” and to which Mrs. Marcos posted to Twitter, “beef tongue taco…I feel queasy” for $1.80. In addition I picked up a Al Pastor Platillos (BBQ pork, Mexican style) also for $6.95 and a small cup of their rice water for $1.75.
While we were waiting I tried a sip (I don’t drink caffeine as many of you know) of Kim’s Coke and was pleased as how excellent it tasted. Fortunately for Kim I liked my rice water even more and Kim later admitted that when we return (sorry, gave it away a little bit there) that she would go with it as well. I was quite impressed with the rice water except until the very end when I ended up with the gritty cinnamon which had sunk to the bottom. Honestly, it was so fucking good that I will definitely be back if not just to stop in for one of those on a hot summer day.
Eventually our food came out and we dug in. Kim’s carne asada was tasty. She isn’t a fan of cilantro and will be sure to ask that they not include it next time but had absolutely no problems in eating nearly every last little bit on her plate. My beef tongue taco was quite tasty and if I hadn’t told Kim what it was, I’m sure she would have enjoyed it as well. My BBQ pork platter was also very good although I would definitely go with a different meat next time. The salsas they came with were spiced well even for someone who likes to eat raw habaneros and I was glad that I got two containers to slather all over my meal. The beans were different than the refried concoctions you normally see at Americanized Mexican restaurants and were quite tasty. The tortillas were nice and quite small (they are described in the menu as being palm sized) but were plentiful enough that I didn’t run out. My sole complaint comes with the rice. It wasn’t that it wasn’t good, it was. It’s just that it wasn’t as good as everything else we tried today. Honestly, if that’s the worst of it, well you know you’re in good shape ;-)
Kim’s dessert was fantastic, although a bit frozen to start but had thawed enough by the time she was ready to eat it. I don’t eat tiramisu due to the espresso but I did take a little taste and thought it was one of the best I’ve had in some time. Kim didn’t seem to have any problems eating it all so I have to assume that it was quite good for her as well.
Overall, an excellent lunch and one that I hope to repeat in the very near future. Our lunch, with the drinks, food, and dessert came to $25.25 which is a bit on the high side when you think of a typical Mexican restaurant but when you factor in the excellent drinks available and dessert, I don’t think it was overpriced in the least and I know you could eat for as little as a few dollars and be quite pleased with the result.
Taqueria La Hacienda #3 in Burnsville comes highly recommended by both Kim and I and if you’re into Mexican food I suggest that you immediately change your dinner plans and get your ass over there right now to eat some of the best food I’ve had in a very long time. Yum.
Taqueria La Hacienda #3
2000 Williams Dr Suite #105
Burnsville, MN 55337
Mon – Sun 9 AM – 11 PM
Check out all of the pictures from Taqueria La Hacienda #3 on Flickr here.