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!
Haven't been there in a while but a bunch of great restaurants on Clark Avenue in "Mex Town" west of I-75.
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.
3443 Bagley St
Moving on up to the middle range of cost would be...Excellent Mole
3710 Junction Rd. Detroit, Michigan 48210
http://188.8.131.52/ <---oddly that is the address Google gave me.
For higher end Mexican you need to get your driving gloves on...
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...
906 S Wayne Rd
Westland, MI 48186
As for the Best Taco truck in the state...Lansing
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.
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.
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.
3362 Bagley Street
Detroit, MI 48216-1632
3454 Bagley Street
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)...it was just the typical entrees that we got that ended up being average.
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...
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!