Mexican: This affordable, casual Mexican restaurant is an unmissable fixture for those looking to dine among the many restaurants of East Bay Street downtown. With James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock at the helm, they've done their research into authentic Mexican cuisine. The restaurant name itself is a tribute to the mineros, or miners, of Mexico who are credited by some as having invented the taco, modeling it after the dynamite bundles used in mining. Expect everything on the menu to be as fresh as it can be, as the chips and tortillas handmade in house each morning. The drink list is just as dedicated to authenticity with a full page of tequila, piso, mezcal, and rum cocktails and shots. Crowd favorites include the Shrimp & Masa Grits, Chilaquiles, Valentina Charcoal-Grilled Chicken Wings, and Pork Carnitas Taco. Tacos range between $3.50 - $4, with other entrees falling between $8 and $9.50.
Local Expert Clare Sweeney Says:
Mexican: "This popular East Bay restaurante doesn't take reservations, so get there early or plan to wait during peak weekend dinner hours!"
Best for Mexican Because: Minero's well known, James Beard award-winning chef brings in a crowd, as do the fresh salsas, handmade chips and tortillas, and reasonable prices.