2916 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408-1954
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Chino Latino

Neighborhoods: Uptown
Cuisine: Asian, Casual dining, Mexican

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  • 5/18/2015

    A diner from Chicago, IL tried it.

Gayot
Rating:
14 / 20
Price:
$$$$$
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BananaWoo

 Minneapolis, MN
 

Trendy, but Spendy

I’m no hipster, so when it comes to trendy restaurants it’s sort of a hit or miss sort of deal for me…what I’m trying to say is I’m not cool, but I do like good food. While I prefer the quiet and local there’s nothing wrong with the scene in Uptown or at Chino Latino. I’ve actually been several times.

The outside is sparkly, big plus for me (ooo, shiny things). Kidding. The outside is indeed shiny, but I like how it adds a little flare to Lake and Hennepin. The exterior design alone is enough to make you want to stop. There is valet parking (at least on the weekends) for those of us to either like to feel fancy, actually have the money for valet, or are just lazy (there’s a parking ramp across the street and half a block down). The entire restaurant front opens up to reveal a street patio where the people watching is superb.

Enter and you’ll find yourself in a mix of neon colored lights, some Asian décor and lots of happy customers. There is high energy and noise, but good noise if you’re not looking for an intimate and quiet evening. The 2 floors of Chino house several tables, the downstairs area made especially for large parties, and a great bar. The staff is very attentive and helpful. I’ve always had a good experience with the service. The menu is diverse and interesting, but also a little spendy. Happy Hours go from 4:30pm-7:00pm daily and again at 10:30pm-12:00am Sundays through Thursdays. Taps are $3.50, which is reasonable and they had a couple discount apps. While Chino claims to serve ‘street food’ you won’t find street food prices, dinner is going to set you back a bit.

My favorites are the Bulgogi Lettuce Cups ($12.00, yikes!) which include the always traditional Korean kimche and BBQ beef served with lettuce for wraps. The Big Kahuna Polynesian Pupu which includes shrimp rumaki, five spiced ribs, fried calamari, dumplings, chicken wings and grilled fruit satay. Really fun, a good amount of food, but still a little high in price at $35.00, but enough to share. The Tuna Tataki is also great, but I know I can get the same dish at Sushi tango for $7 while at Chino it is $12. All of there items are delicious and fun. My only advice would be skip the sushi and try some of their other fun signature dishes. Their sushi is decent, but over priced and nothing much to write home about.

Chino Latio is definitely something out of the ordinary and worth a try. Just remember price, noise and don’t forget to make reservations especially on the weekends!

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wi_cheese_lover

 Plymouth, MN
 

Fun experience but SO loud!

Chino has great food and great drinks! It’s a fun place to be with a lively atmosphere that makes it difficult to hold a conversation. Some of my favorite things to eat there are the Queso Fundido, the Black Bean Soup and the Chicken Burrito. All of Chino’s items are for sharing. There are small plates and large plates to share. The Chicken Burrito mixes Mexican flavors with a MN cream of chicken soup casserole. It’s warm and gooey and huge and delicious. The specialty drinks are tasty and they’re fun but I do think they’re a tad bit overpriced. The food on the other hand seems reasonable to me. Oh, and try to same room for dessert – it’s also outstanding. One other side note: Chino doesn’t have a kids menu. Not that you would really expect it to be kid-friendly but just a word of warning… :)

Chicken Burrito

 

Mexican Corn

You only get 1/2 an ear of corn! Mine was too chewy and overdone. Not worth the money.

Black Bean Soup

Yum! One of the best black bean soups I’ve had. Plus you get a lot of soup for about $5.

Queso Fundido

Ooey, gooey cheese with sautéed mushrooms and chips to dip in the wonderful concoction. Need I say more?

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shmapples

 Minneapolis, MN
 

Uptown Exotic Nightlife

Chino Latino is an unbelievably fun and exciting restaurant to hit up for a night out on the town. It’s fairly pricy, but if you’re looking for somewhere uptown on Hennepin to go with friends or for a special event the food and drinks here are unreal. I’d say the only downfall is trying to find parking in the area, so be careful if you’re in a large group driving separately. The entrance doesn’t advertise the name and the wait can sometimes be fairly long on a weekend night, but really, it’s well-worth the wait. The atmosphere of the entire restaurant is unlike anything else in the Twin Cities and everyone should go there at least once to see what it’s like. The food is delicious (a little pricey and gourmet style, but still filling). Their food has always been fresh and they use hot and spicy ingredients, so make sure you can handle the heat they dish out! Chino also has the option of ordering larger dishes to share around the table, so you get a little taste of everything. The portions are plenty and the hardest part is just deciding what to get because everything is really good.

Chinatown Lo Mein

A huge portion of your not so everyday lo mein. Try it out but only with a group. It’s enough to feed four with leftovers (depending on how hungry you are I suppose). One of the “cheaper” prices on the menu for group portions.

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Pros
My niece loved the tofu scramble. I had rice with steamed veggies, which was perfectly cooked but lacked seasoning/sauce. I added sriracha and that helped.
Cons
My Mom’s haystack was very salty, while my food didn’t seem to be seasoned much.
Comments
The music was bad. Bad. I can’t even describe it. It wasn’t edgy or mysterious or cultural. Not meditative or catchy or interesting or intense or even boring. It was just bad and at times annoying.
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Pros
They discriminate against people that don't have the same political views. No discrimination is OK period. I will never step another foot in there again.
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