Detroit is home to little Mexicantown and, as one might expect, some of the best taco eateries. A number of places here serve a variety of delicious and healthy tacos. Discover the best places to crunch and munch. If not as a hat tip to the Cinco de Mayo holiday, do it for your taste buds. No gracias necessary.
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28 S. Broadway St.
Lake Orion, MI 48362
You can spot Sagebrush Cantina’s iconic signs featuring a green cactus man wearing a sombrero from the highway. The restaurant touts that it is “The Best Mexican Restaurant in Michigan” and serves customers in three different locations around the state. Its taco menu consists of traditional items, fajita taco hybrids, taco salads and jumbo shrimp add-ons. Diners can occasionally enjoy live acoustic entertainment while eating a meal. Ambiance is a key seller for the new and return customers alike.
22828 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
The vegetarian and adventurous taco lovers will be in luck at Imperial in Ferndale. One of the newer menu items at this eatery is a root vegetable taco which consists of agave roasted carrots, grilled celery root and jalapenos, topped with a golden beet salsa — certainly not your everyday taco. Imperial carries other adventurous if not usual tacos like the pho beef taco that blends Vietnamese and Mexican cuisine and the wild mushroom taco with ‘queso fresco’ and grilled scallions. It’s a whole different kind of yum that everyone should give a try at least once.
Taqueria Lupita’s interior is homey and old fashioned looking which may be why some deem the place “The House of the Original Mexican Taco.” The flavor, prices and taco selection are hard to beat. Customers rave about the al pastor tacos, carne asada tacos and chorizo and egg tacos, and the fact that you can buy a filling meal — which includes four tacos, rice and beans — for only $6. Stop in for breakfast since Taqueria Lupita is open early and has breakfast tacos.
5644 N. Telegraph Road
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Deluxe tacos that pack so much meat that you’re asked to “use caution while lifting” is what you’ll find at Dearborn’s Del Taco. Here you’ll get delicious fast food-like tacos with competitive prices. Del Taco’s guacamole, green burrito, desserts and flatbread taco options are said to be fantastic. You can even fill just a bit better about downing down a milkshake since they are made with real milk. An added bonus is that this company supports local charities, so with every purchase, customers are helping to assist others live a more comfortable life. Contributing to charity and eating meaty tacos is a win-win.
Throughout Royal Oak
This list wouldn’t be complete without a food truck or, if you think about it, tacos on wheels. Jacques’ Tacos food truck drives to an area near you to deliver great food. The company even offers catering if you schedule and request any unusual menu items in advance. The flavor of the food and use of fresh ingredients are said to be the main pull for customers. Another appeal is the truck’s use of authentic corn tortilla taco shells and homemade salsa.
El Asador Mexican Steakhouse
Detroit, MI 48209
“This slightly upscale Mexican restaurant boasts a strong selection of tasty tacos. Fans like the seafood versions best including the lobster and scallop options,” according to DetroitEater.com.
Taqueria Nuestra Familia
7620 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
DetroitEater.com recommends the carne asada, which is considered some of the best in town.Tacos range from $1.25 to $2.75. Add beans and rice for a $4 lunch.
Pancho’s II Mexican Restaurant
3860 Biddle Avenue
It’s not fancy, but what it lacks in pretension it makes up with fresh, authentic Mexican fare — all the classics — in an unassuming location across from the Detroit River.
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