Acapulco Restaurante

Since it was just National Margarita Day, I thought I would give you a place to go that makes a pretty good one. Oh! Fun fact: this #mnbucketlist stop is also a favorite hangout for my Dad.  Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano, although sounds like a chain, isn’t. Owned by the Leon family, Jesus and Maria Leon and their nine children, Maria, Jose, Carlos, Alex, Sam, Veronica, Martin, Jesse and Lupita (I know, right?!), Acapulco has eight locations including Blaine, Coon Rapids, Maplewood, New Brighton, Ramsey, Stillwater, Woodbury and Ham Lake. They are known for their Chilaquiles and Churrasco Chicken but I went straight for the house made queso. I can’t help it, it’s one of the best. They are really fun too, and aren’t afraid to jump right in to conversation and keep you having a good time. All that, and margaritas the size of a fishbowl? I mean, what more can you ask for?

Cheapo

CheapoIf you are a music aficionado like myself and you love shopping local, then you should be out celebrating record store day! RSD15, created for neighborhood music and record stores to give exclusive special events, have performances and video releases. I spent mine at Cheapo Applause in Uptown. Cheapo has locations in Minneapolis, St Paul and #Blaine and originally open their doors in 1972. They sell new and used VHS, CD’s, Vinyl, DVDs… you name it. I can’t recommend stopping in enough!

Tavern on France

Tavern on France Oh Tavern on France, I love you. If you haven’t been there you need to stop. It’s on France Avenue in Edina and it is the place for quintessential American comfort food. The Tavern has a great atmosphere along with a rich, dark and inviting setting. Outside there are even bonfires. My favorite part is all is the build-your-own dining options. Pizza, burgers and salads – they really do like to give you options.

Wild Bill’s

Wild BillsToday’s stop on the #MNbucketlist is Wild Bills, which I can only describe as rustic Texas bar and grill. Think over the top; its website ‘moos’, seriously. Wild Bill’s is a Midwest chain with five locations in Minnesota with others in North Dakota and Wisconsin. They have a ton of options for carnivores, not as much for vegheads. They also have a selection of craft beer and limitless troughs of ballpark peanuts you can snack on and then shuck the shells on the floor (not my thing, my OCD was running amuck in this place). Frankly, there’s not a lot to write home about. The service decent and the food was ok, not great. It was still worth a trip, and especially worthwhile for me, as I went with my littlest bucketlister (who is my cousin). Seriously, how adorable is she?!