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Feb 15, 2012 04:46 AM

Looking for good Mexican in Novi/Farmington Hills [DTW]

Hi Chowhounds - I'm looking for a good Mexican place in the Novi/FH area. I know a good place in Waterford, but that's a little too far. Any suggestions will be welcomed.

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  1. What place in Waterford do you like, so we know what kind of Mexican you like?


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    1. re: BobRe

      Bob, I don't know the name of the place - but it's in a little strip mall on Elizabeth Lake Rd. across from a golf course. It's Taqueria -----(something) and patronized by Mexicans. They have an all Spanish menu and every day have specials which are great. I believe it's authentically Mexican rather than tex-mex because of all the Mexicans eating there.

        1. re: MARISKANY

          San Jose is not in a strip mall, it's a standalone bldg. IIRC, the bldg is bright green:

          The one in the strip mall is La Michoacana ... recently took out a few tables to add a mkt section:

          Both serve authentic Mexican; not gringo, not Tex-Mex. Take cash. Speak Spanish or Spanglish.

          1. re: rainsux

            You're right. I love it and it' been too long since I've been there.

      1. I can't say it's "good" Mexican, but should you end up at Rojo, I did enjoy the chili rellenos. And margaritas. NOT the tacos.

        1. Ahhh, OK..... I don't know of a place serving that style in the area you're interested in.

          I enjoy El Nibble Nook though. There's one at Grand River and Eight Mile Road, and another one at Haggerty and Pontiac Trail. It's more Tex-Mex than the Taqueria San Jose however


          1. For good greasy spoon Mexican take out check Burrito King - 30950 Beck Road Novi, MI 48377

            There is also La Casita Taqueria at 49070 Pontiac Trl, Wixom, MI 48393

            I like both of them.....neither are Tex-Mex but closer to the real thing.

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            1. re: JanPrimus

              Love greasy spoons! Both places are on my list to try. Thanks

              1. re: MARISKANY

                At first when I saw Burrito King I though it was gonna be run by some Gringo's that were going to offer me a Burrito as big as my head, but nope....I found a little hole where a good chunk of the clientele are hard working Hispanic men and women.

                1. re: JanPrimus

                  That sounds like the Burrito King we have in Dayton. It's located where a former Dairy Queen-type place used to be, drive-thru window and all. But they make great tortas and have a nice menu.
                  I'll check out the Novi Burrito King, for sure.

                  1. re: JanPrimus

                    This was really good. Tried it today and the food was very good and fresh and the staff was friendly. Wife and I ate and had two sodas for under $15 including a good tip.

                    Will go back.

                2. re: JanPrimus

                  Not sure if La Casita is connected to the similarly named resto in Ypsilanti, but if yes it's quite good. Simple Mexican, but with some unusual dishes including huitlacoche on occasion.

                  1. re: Jim M

                    It is connected....they also have a Ford Road (Westland) location. No store at the Wixom location, just restaurant.

                    1. re: JanPrimus

                      There's a La Casita in Westland ? Or are you thinking of Dos Hermanos ?

                      1. re: moose734

                        Well I think the Dos Hermanos in Westland was first owned by the La Casita crew. I saw a few of the original employees from the Westland location show up at the Wixom location. Westland did change hands at one point.

                      2. re: JanPrimus

                        La Casita in Wixom is so much better than its sister restaurant in Ypsilanti. The tinga de pollo was excellent. Very exciting to see huitlacoche, flor de calabaza , & five kinds of aguas frescas on the menu.

                  2. Two I have tried recently, El Patio on Grand River and Haggerty and Ole Ole on Fourteen Mile and Lake Road, were underwhelming. Which is what I get, I suppose, when I have friends whose first criteria for Mexican is "good" chips and salsa.
                    For "gringo" Mexican, El Mariachi on Pontiac Trail in Walled Lake isn't bad. But maybe I was just too impressed with the Emanuel Steward autograph/endorsement across from the cash register.