Partners Chef Hector Ruiz and Restaurateur Erin Ungerman took over El Meson in June of 2003. Their objectives were clear: honor the spirit of South Minneapolis’ beloved locale and work to make it even better. A “meson” is a typical Spanish place, rustically decorated, serving hearty food and wine. Today El Meson Bistro is a warm and earthy restaurant with a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. The fare is authentic Spanish and Caribbean cuisine that matches that of any meson in the famed Cava Baja neighborhood of Madrid. The produce is fresh and all the food made from scratch every day. Try some of the signature dishes like Paella or Camarones Al Ajillo in one of the little “caves”; enjoy live flamenco music and dance; escape to a pleasant Latin world of flavors.