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.
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.
The Detroit River's international waters stretch out for miles in either direction, winding along the Detroit skyline and kissing the Canadian border. As ships snake their way through the current, they pass lighthouses on small green islands, bridges stretched across overhead, and workers milling about on the riverside docks. Building on 20 years of boating, the captains of the Diamond Jack, Diamond Belle, and Diamond Queen let passengers take in these sights to the tune of guided narration as their ships' white and sea-foam green hulls slice through the water. The three ships have proven impervious to squalls and Poseidon's road-construction crews since their maiden voyages in the mid- to late 1950s, and safely gather up to 250 passengers on their panoramic upper decks or in protected lower cabins. Today, passengers on these storied steel decks can sip beer, wine, and soft drinks or nibble on snacks from an on-board snack bar during tours. Captains also pilot each ship on private group excursions, as well as school field trips past the river's ships, yacht clubs, parks, and docks.
If your family opened an upscale restaurant, it would likely feel like Giovanni’s Ristorante. This is because Giovanni’s is a family establishment that treats its patrons like they are family also. The Old-World style Italian restaurant makes its pasta from scratch and grows many of its ingredients in its community garden. The dining areas are kept small and private - perfect for hosting formal events. Formal dress isn’t required at Giovanni’s, but you will not feel out of place if you show up in a suit. You should, however, make reservations. Because of the intimate atmosphere and made-from-scratch menu, they often remain booked to capacity.
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.
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.