This week La Loma Tamales opened in the former "El Burrito" location in the Northstar Tower food court in downtown Minneapolis. It's on the ground floor, but skyway accessible by escalator.
Today I ordered the Oaxacan tamale for 3 bucks and change (that's the most expensive tamale on the menu). It came wrapped in a banana leaf with a side of an (not terribly hot) orange colored salsa. It might be the best "3 bucks and change" meal I have ever found downtown. I wasn't blown away by it compared to a five star meal. But this was cheap. It was genuinely good. It was from a lunch counter. And... it was interesting. Did I mention I paid three bucks and change?
I am no tamale expert, but this seems like pretty unique stuff in the world of downtown skyway cuisine. In an arena of Taco Bell and Taco John's type "Mexican" (both of which are nearby in the skyway), this seems the real thing. However I'm no final judge after tasting one tamale on their opening week. What do others think?
(This is apparently an expansion of the Mercado Central La Loma Cafeteria and Midtown Exchange La Loma Tamales restaurant locations, neither of which I have any experience with. Please chime in if you do.).
La Loma Tamales
920 E Lake St Ste 160, Minneapolis, MN 55407
La Loma Restaurant
1510 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
1515 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407