First City Paper took a brief look at Mexican-influenced Minero, then The Local Palate visited, Post and Courier told us the communal silverware drawer at the restaurant would surely be the death of us, and now Charleston Scene sends notoriously tough critic Hanna Raskin to weigh in. She first ponders if Charleston needs another taqueria:
Granted, most of those unanswered questions are shouted down by deliciousness, but the conundrums make the restaurant - as opposed to the excellent food served there - feel slightly flimsy. That's not necessarily a bad thing; perhaps it's best to think of Minero as Brock's Christmas album.
Who doesn't love a Christmas LP though? Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is the best-selling single of all time. And, just like the holiday, tacos seem to have an appeasing effect on the masses, and Raskin doesn't have many negative comments on the food other than her disappointment in the lack of offal offerings.
She goes back to her question of "Why?" in her conclusion:
None of the ensembles are revolutionary. Ultimately, Minero is not an essential addition to the local culinary canon. But it's a fun distraction, which is sometimes what serious chefs and eaters need most.
If the tacos are good, does Charleston need a reason?