5. Centro

The gist: Centro is a colorful spot by chef Jose Alarcon housed in a former factory featuring flavorful street tacos and Viv!r is its new sibling—a Mexican cafe, market, and bakery.
The food: At Centro, we recommend the Nopales (cured cactus, mushrooms, kale) and Carnitas en Adobo (pork shoulder, pineapple, salsa verde) tacos. Viv!r’s got chilaquiles, tortas and empanadas as well as Mexican sweet bread and mole chocolate cupcakes.
The cost: Centro: $3 - $5 per taco, $6-9 for entrees. Viv!r: $3 - $22, depending on what you order.
How to order: No reservations needed. You can dine in or sit on the newly-expanded patio. Or, order curbside takeout.

6. CHX

The gist: This spot run by three high school friends started serving fried chicken from a walk-up window outside The Pourhouse during COVID. Now, CHX has its own address off Hennepin in Lowry Hill and will be opening once again on June 11.
The food: Chicken, duh! Hand-breaded crispy tenders with an impressive secret sauce are served in quantities of three, four, or six. The homemade honey buttermilk biscuits are some of the best you’ve had, too.
The cost: Chicken ranges from $11 - $15 per order.
How to order: CHX is on a brief hiatus during the move, but June’s just around the corner.

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