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Dec 16, 2009 02:30 PM

Good Tex Mex or Mexican in Metro Detroit area

Just moved here from Houston and am craving real fajitas and enchiladas, a tamal or two would be good too. Where do y'all get your Mex on??? I'm not opposed to driving for the real deal!

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  1. Haven't been there in a while but a bunch of great restaurants on Clark Avenue in "Mex Town" west of I-75.

    1. Vernor in Southwest Detroit is the hub of Detroit's Mexican community. The most common place that people visit down in that area is Xochimilco Restaurant, but in my opinion it is just that..."Common". Just a few steps down the street is your best bet for the low budget. Now do not let the words low budget scare you...this is good stuff.

      Taqueria Lupitas
      3443 Bagley St
      Detroit, MI

      Moving on up to the middle range of cost would be...Excellent Mole

      El Barzón
      3710 Junction Rd. Detroit, Michigan 48210
      313-894-2070 <---oddly that is the address Google gave me.

      For higher end Mexican you need to get your driving gloves on...
      Cinco Lagos
      424 North Main Street
      Milford, MI 48381

      Also I have been visiting a new little Taqueria that makes the best damn taco's I have had in a long time...

      Taqueria Alameda
      906 S Wayne Rd
      Westland, MI 48186

      As for the Best Taco truck in the state...Lansing

      El Oasis
      2501 E Michigan Ave
      Lansing, MI 48933

      Best in the Detroit area would be the El Toro Truck on Michigan Ave.

      Also keep a eye open for the Acapulco trucks...they serve up Ceviche that is tasty with Limes, Hot Sauce and Chips. Some of the Taco trucks will just Ketchup on the fish and this is just a crime.

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      1. re: JanPrimus

        Just went to Taquería Alameda. Tinga de pollo ... yes, yes, yes! Can't wait to go back.

        1. re: Jim M

          Glad to share....nice little hole in the wall joint. Tell me when you go next and we can get a table to fill with it all!

          1. re: Jim M

            Jim I ended up trying the Tinga de Pollo and it is a very nice way they do chicken. I was thinking it would have much more of a kick, but I would not be afraid to serve that to my kids. I am slowly working my way threw all of the meats there and have yet to find one that is a loser. Matter of fact I am having a hard time finding a clear winner...not due to the fact that they are all average...but most of them are just that damn good.

          2. re: JanPrimus

            And Evie's Tamales in SW Detroit for great ...uh..tamales. The Honey Bee grocery story is also a big find... their tamale take outs are great, best guac you can buy, all kinds of resources for great Mexican cooking.

            Evie's Tamales
            3454 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216

          3. For fajitas and enchiladas (and margaritas) in Mexicantown, I suggest Los Galanes. Also, in the next block there is Evie's Tamales. I can't speak for anything in the 'burbs. Whenever we're craving good Mexican, we just make the trip to Detroit.

            Los Galanes
            3362 Bagley Street
            Detroit, MI 48216-1632
            (313) 554-4444

            3454 Bagley Street

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            1. re: tokyo

              Hearty second to Los Galanes. Less of the cheesy/refrieds/rice mass quantity plate philosophy than El Zocalo/Xochomilco/Mexican Village.

              While you're in the 'hood, check out La Colmena Market for your ingredients. And welcome to Michigan! It will get warmer...eventually!

              1. re: coney with everything

                I and a few others ended up going to Los Galanes before a Red Wings game and we ended up having sadly a typical as you say cheesy/refried/rice mass quantity plate experience.

                I know for a fact that Mexico has more than just two side dishes (but you would not know that from 95% of our Mexican establishments)...this is the biggest weakness of most Mexican places I visit. There is not even that much difference between the rice and the beans place to place.

                Please give us more Esquites, Pinto beans, Camote, Pickled Peppers and veggies, Candied Pumpkin.....etc etc...

                I am gonna go back and try to order more of the apps and soups (which did look good) was just the typical entrees that we got that ended up being average.

                1. re: JanPrimus

                  I don't think of Los Galanes as 'authentic' Mexican cuisine -it is more of the tex-mex variety-, but since the OP asked for fajitas and enchiladas, I do feel that Los Galanes does these better than most. It depends on what you are in the mood for. That being said, I would like to hear if the OP has found what he is looking for...

            2. I come from LA, so I can completely empathize with your discerning Mexican cravings.

              Besides el Barzon, you have to try a place called Senor Lopez. Its not directly IN Mexicantown. Small, hole in the wall place on Michigan Ave. Still very clean and respectable though. Their food is phenomenal. The menu is a "real" mexican menu with greats like menudo. Last I went there, had some lengua tacos and a shredded pork in green sauce. the Lengua was thick, and very flavorful, rivaling of the better street vendors in Cali. the pork was extremely tasty as well.

              Check it out and report back!


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              1. re: donbui82

                Howdy: I hope you are well.

                Do you know of Senor Lopez is still open? I called the Ann Arbor number and it was disconnected, I then called the Detroit number and got no answer. It would be a shame as I loved the Pibil.

                Best regards, tony

                1. re: aea6574

                  I have seen on other boards that Senor Lopez in Ann Arbor is closed. But the Detroit location *is* still open but has very very strange hours, something like 8:30am-4:30pm.