Exposed beams and the glow of warm lights warm up the already spacious dining room at El Asador Steakhouse, which was recently added to Eater Detroit's "March Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now" section. Here, guests can dine on Mexican favorites like tacos, flautas, and chili rellenos. Specialties include shrimp, lobster and scallop tacos, rib-eye steak, a great selection of sides, to name a few.
Known as “The Mariachi House,” Las Brisas Mexican Restaurant fills the streets of Mexicantown with the scents of sizzling fajitas and the sounds of feet stomping to music provided by mariachis, bands, and live DJs. Shredded cheese entangles steak, pork, chicken, and seafood within steaming tacos and enchiladas as imported pints of Corona, Dos Equis, Tecate, Sol, Bohemia, and Modelo bubble forth from the bar. Margaritas composed of eight different tequilas raise spirits at weekday buffets, weekend dance parties, or weeklong snipe hunts.
Although the Detroit location of Las Cazuelas Grill is housed in the same building as a BP gas station, the cuisine was never meant to be road food. Maria Cristina Aldana began by learning her husband's recipes for iconic Mexican dishes and she named her restaurant after the traditional terracotta dishes used in Hispanic kitchens. These home-style touches demonstrate Maria's commitment to creating familiar, satisfying meals. She makes grilled steak, marinated pork, and chicken mainstays throughout the menu, and she uses them in everything from tacos and burritos to tortas and quesadillas. Three salsas can add a fresh dose of spice to any meal, and diners can customize their tacos by ordering them with corn, flour, or a taxpayer identification number spelled out in tomatoes. Those looking seeking a sit-down dining experience can visit the Melvindale location and savor Maria Cristina's same authentic Mexican recipes.
You can check off a lot of groceries and errands from your list at Prince Valley Market. The market specializes in Mexican- and Latin-American groceries—there’s an in-house tortilleria that turns out handmade tortillas, for example. There’s a substantial produce section with locally raised veggies, as well as a bakery where you can order custom-made birthday cakes. Beyond standard grocery shopping, though, you can also take advantage of in-store convenience services such as cashing a check, buying stamps, sending packages, or converting loose coins into bills and coupons for shoulder massages.
The market is a one-stop shop for parties: colorful, custom-made cakes and treat-stuffed piñatas are available. You can even stop by the Baja Mexican Grill for a tasty lunch of carnitas, enchiladas, and rotisserie chicken.
In the restaurant which tied for Best Mexican Restaurant in 2009 by HOUR Detroit, head chef and owner Norberto Garita blends his Mexican heritage with experience in Italian kitchens to craft El Barzon's menus of Italian and Mexican dishes. Diners can embark on the culinary excursion with the zuppa di vongole brimming with clams and shrimp swimming in tomato broth ($12) and the chilies rellenos packed with beef or cheese and drizzled with homemade tomato sauce ($7). Ham and cheese snuggle like a knight and his chain-mail blanket inside a lightly breaded chicken breast in the pollo El Barzon ($16), and Mediterranean-imported sea bass rests under a layer of fresh herbs and garlic ($25). Guests can also sample classic international dishes such as homemade italian pastas ($12+) and mexican tortas ($5+).
Growing up with eight siblings, Rafael López came to value the nights when the whole clan gathered around meals. Using recipes from his homeland, the Mexican native now re-creates such feasts at Señor López Mexican Restaurant. Rafael's culinary team showcases their talents with specialties such as housemade tamales and cheese-filled fried poblano peppers covered in special ranchera sauce. The rest of Señor López's enormous menu spans the spectrum of classic Mexican flavors, from vegetarian fajitas and beef-tongue tacos to breakfast burritos filled with chorizo and eggs.