Minero is a casual Mexican eatery from The Neighborhood Dining Group located in Charleston, SC; Atlanta, GA; and Johns Island, SC (Coming in 2020). Minero offers a collection of affordable dishes inspired by the flavors and cultures of Mexico in a fun and lively environment.
Named after the Spanish word for “miner”, Minero represents the storied history of the taco, which supposes that Mexican silver miners named the dish in the 18th century. The word “taco” referred to the dynamite miners used to excavate the ore in the mines, which was made of pieces of paper wrapped around gunpowder and inserted into the holes carved in the rock face.
The Minero team tasted over 40 varieties of corn from different producers before choosing their favorites: Masienda and Geechie Boy Mill. Using a traditional nixtamalization process to make fresh masa every day, Minero grinds the corn in house, which results in a truly authentic corn tortilla.
One of the types of corn Minero uses comes from Masienda, a company operated by Jorge Gaviria. Masienda’s goal is to connect with small independent farmers in Mexico who are growing single origin landrace varieties of corn to import to the United States. Minero uses a version of white bolita corn grown in the Michoacan region. By utilizing this amazing company and their unique products, we are able to create an incredibly delicious tortilla.
Effective March 17, 2020: Minero Charleston is temporarily closed. Nothing is more critical to The Neighborhood Dining Group than the safety and health of our guests, our staff, and the communities in which we serve. Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, we feel that it is our civic duty to do all we can to help confine the spread of the virus. We feel it is impossible to operate our businesses knowing our staff and guests are at risk, even with precautionary measures such as limiting guests and tables and extensive sanitation.
We want to do our part to help put this worldwide crisis behind us, so that we may swiftly resume serving you, our valued guests. We are a compassionate and resilient community, and we will get through this life-threatening pandemic by working together.