17 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540444.955405 -93.277112
Wed - Sunday 6PM to 3AM
Neighborhoods: Whittier, Powderhorn
BEST CHIPS!!! BEST FOOD!!! – So i drive from the sub-burbs to eat at this great place, it is entertaining, and eveything is wonderful! I recommend the Chimichanga and deep fried chips. Their guac/salsa is homemade and compliments the meal, of course there is an extra charge for guac and sour cream, I dont know why there wouldn't be cause I'm sure they dont get their avacados for free...I read lots of reviews on here and it just goes to show the tough job the wait staff has trying to please everytype of person that enters through their front door. The thing I laugh about is "NO FREE REFILLS". 1QUESTION, DO YOU REALLY NEED A REFILL ON A JUMBO 32oz POP? I really do recommend going to Little T's, you'll enjoy yourself.....and leave with a full belly....
Unless your wasted – The great thing is it's open late and your pretty much surrounded by your fellow creatures of the night crowed as apposed to a dennys or perkins. But unless your drunk and out late it's not worth the price and the food is super greasy and over priced. I found that on E Lake street almost all of the Mexican joints are open all night on weekends, and the food is way better and allot cheaper.
Get 'Em Oiled – People were talking shit about the service but we got our food real fast and our waitress was friendly and down with the conversation. Tamales were tubular, the corn tortillas sent the taste buds on a journey. The dirty funk playing through the stereo was a nice change of pace for a Mexican restaurant. Overall, it was not your typical Mexican eating experience but totally worth the trip.
P.S. Get your chips oiled.
Great food and friendly service! – I love the food here and the service is super friendly! Their homemade spicy salsa is actually spicy and very good.
Ew, I would not go back, EVER. – I went here with my good friend who has been there before. She told me it was great and her and a bunch of others liked it. I was fairly excited. I walked in and the host (some 20 something year old guy) was walking out for a cigarette and somewhat complained that we were interrupting his "break". I'm a hostess at a nicer restaurant and I am ALWAYS friendly. He wasn't much so. After we sat down he rushed us into ordering (we were the only ones there at the moment...) and he would not SHUT UP. He kept talking to us and kept coming to the table and annoying us/complaining about his sorry life. My friend and I were obviously trying to converse among ourselves. I ordered the Nachos Grande and it was DRIPPING in grease and I felt like I was going to have a heart attack afterward. I also ordered a chicken quesadilla that was also extremely greasy and was falling apart. Way too much chicken. I did not want to take my leftovers home hence I thought it was disgusting and he wouldn't NOT let me take it home because he said the cook thinks it's a waste of food. I threw it away right afterward. I did not care for the food at all and the bill was almost $30 for 2 people. It was NOT worth my time, money, or my poor organs! Don't eat here unless you like paying to ruin your health and be annoyed by the waitstaff.
Best in town – This owner makes his own tamales from scratch each morning. The fagitas are outstanding. Salsa choices are excellent and delicious.
a great late night place – Little tijuana has been around for 40 plus years for many good reasons.
It’s one of those places that people talk about enough that it has a nick-name: lil t’s, and that doesn’t happen for just anybody. The menu is pretty affordable, and the portions are certainly too big for me to finish alone, and for anyone complaining that it’s not master chef quality food... really, what do you expect when you look at the place? I don’t even mean that in a bad way at all- it’s greasy, cheesy mexican comfort food- and at 2 am after a few good hours of drinking, could anything be better? probably not.
Little t’s isn’t a restaurant to go to if youre looking to have the staff bowing and scraping to your every whim- and that’s part of the fun. To anyone complaining that there are rules, well, you saw the signs when you sat down. If you can’t abide by them, then this isn’t the place for you. And you know what, if you just take their word for it, the food really is pretty good. Think of it this way: if you are trying to make all these modifications and have the cooks create you something new that they haven’t made 80 times already that night, chances are it’s not going to be awesome and it will be sent back and cause way too much chaos for everyone. They are well practiced in what they do serve, don’t ask them to experiment.
And as for the servers- they’re amazing. The number of people that pass through that restaurant every day is staggering- and they do a pretty great job staying on top of it. And they do a lot more than just run your food- they’re comedians, interpreters, psychiatrists, bouncers, diplomats, food allergy experts, toxic waste handlers (some people sadly just can’t hold their drinks), baby sitters and much more. And most of them do it for ten hours at a time in high heels. And every piece of information about pricing and what sides cost are on every single menu. Knowing that sour cream or guac cost extra, that’s your job.
And sodas? seriously? Theyre something like 32 ounces- my boyfriend and I can’t even finish one when we split it. And if you do manage to finish one, and are offended by the idea of not getting a free refill- they will bring you water for free if you ask, you don’t HAVE to sit there parched!
Always a home away from home – I've been coming to Little Tijuana for many years and it is consistently my all-time favorite for Mexican comfort food. While other restaurants in the neighborhood also feature Mexican cuisine, Little T's will always hold a very special place in my heart. The atmosphere is always a little edgy, which is a breath of fresh air in an age of so many boring, contrived concept restaurants. Whenever I've gone there, I've been impressed with the freshness of the ingredients and the generous portion sizes. Whether I've ordered the 'small' Greek salad, which could be an entire light lunch itself, or the magnificent chicken chimichanga or any of the traditional sandwiches (yay, BLT!!!), I've never been disappointed.
Frankly, I'm baffled by the spate of recent bad reviews. Judging by the reviews, I'm inclined not to take them at all seriously since they're snipy, poorly-written and seemingly vendetta-filled.
Little T's is a neighborhood institution that always draws an eclectic crowd from Whittier and far beyond. Here's to another 45 years!!
Employee – I once worked at Little T's. From reading everyone's reviews the one thing I can agree with is management. I didn't work there long because there were a lot of back of house issues and the owner/manager did run an odd business that seemed quite fishy to me. You won't see much of her being she lives upstairs and doesn't feel the need to see how customers are doing, or employees. The employees keep it alive and she is just there for the ride.
As for the not splitting bills there are reasons why. This restaurant is not located in a great area therefore many customers leave without paying, short the servers, or give fake money. Also the place gets very busy and splitting 1 table 15 ways is not convenient for anyone. Some people have to ruin it for all. It is only common sense...if there are 3 people at a table...pay for the meals on 1 card. Split the rest at another time, obviously you are friends and can work it out. This is a restaurant not chemistry. No need to complain about a simple process for professional reasons.
Food is great. Large portions. Authentic. Chips either come dry or fried. Fried chips are FRIED. Greasy fried. If you don't like this order dry. Both are awesome though. Sour cream and guac are not free. People use these condiments up fast and these are expensive food items. Food costs are like gas; they go up and down. The menu is huge and offers many vegetarian and vegan items along with all the meats. No liquor but a great assortment of Jarritos. Sodas don't have free refills but by the size of the glass you won't need one anyways.
Atmosphere is punk, edgy, and fun. This is not fine dining restaurant so walk in expecting to feel relaxed and have fun. Color on the tables, admire the tacky art.
Strange reviews – I keep seeing negative reviews for Little T's and I don't get it. We've been going there for 10+ years. The food is still very good. Sure, it's not as cheap as it used to be, but what is? Prices go up, that's what happens. And complaining that they don't offer "free" refills? The glasses are huge.
We've never once encountered rude service. In fact, most of the service we've received has been quite good. Better, on average, than your normal chain restaurant.
It seems like half the reviewers show up there thinking they're going to Don Pablo's and are surprised that it's not. If you want fake smiles and lots of flare, that's your place. If you want something different and better food, go to Little T's.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Little Tijuana Restaurant on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.