At Taqueria La Casita, Mexican dishes arrive hot from the kitchen accompanied by an spread of colorful sauces, from tangy red salsa to creamy guacamole. The restaurant's chefs deploy fiery grills and sizzling pans to create traditional classics using an array of crisp vegetables, tender meats, and flavorful spices. They shower handmade corn quesadillas in crumbled fresh cheese before adding in spicy chicken and pressed pork. The chefs smother steak and chorizo burritos in piquant ranchero sauce, and layer gorditas with marinated roasted pork.
As chefs bustle about the kitchen, diners soak in the vibrant colors of the bright dining room, where multi-hued strings of lights dance along the walls. The warm space is flush with whimsical accents, including bright Mexican paintings and an magical sombrero that gives people the ability to smuggle left-overs out of the restaurant.
Burgers, pasta, and Mexican creations pile onto plates at Duke's of Highland before sailing out into the spacious dining room or patio. In the booths, at the bar, or outside, diners indulge in favorite foods and complement their meals with expertly mixed cocktails. The atmosphere is friendly and casual, encouraging large groups and intimate dinners alike.
With such colorful surroundings?a vibrant abstract flower pattern snaking along the floor, and bright images of villages and fish adorning the seats?it's easy to get distracted inside Bandito?s California Style. But you'll need to focus to select a meal from the eatery's extensive menu of California-style Mexican classics, all made in-house daily. Bandito's massive burritos can be stuffed with everything from beef and cheese to beans and vegetables. They can also be deep-fried to create mouthwatering chimichangas or filled with swimsuits to create luggage for an impromptu vacation to Hawaii. Other specialties include cheese enchiladas, chicken tostadas, and Mexican pizzas topped with tomatoes, onions, and melted cheese. Bandito's Colombian coffee and horchata flavored with cinnamon stand out on the beverage side.
The menu at Camelia’s Mexican Grill is stocked with genuine Mexican flavors made fresh every day with a tasty melange of meats and veggies. The eating frenzy begins with four deep-fried flour tortilla chips hiding beneath chorizo, refried beans, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes, and jalapenos ($6.49). Try three soft corn or flour tacos de lomo inflated by ribeye steak sauteed with onions and served with pico de gallo ($8.49), or fill your cheeks with carnitas, a specialty dish of tender pork chunks highlighted by avocado, pico de gallo, and tortillas ($9.49). Vegetarians can opt for three pan-fried quesadillas whose internal organs have been replaced with scrumptious cheese and guacamole ($8.49). Horchata ($1.79), Jarritos ($1.79), and coffee ($1.49) line throats with sweet lubrication, and a variety of margaritas and liquors await customers at the restaurant’s full bar.
At Baja Fresh, spice-yearning patrons can swing by to sample comforting casual fare without the hassle of building a catapult powerful enough to reach Mexico. Grab a burrito or taco served inside the stuffed blanket of a tortilla, or get a bowlful of delectable insides with the shell-less version—or get a combination. The meats that make up each meal are never frozen and are all-natural. Optional ingredients to lay the groundwork for handheld feasts include fire-grilled or charbroiled chicken and steak, slow-roasted pork carnitas, black or pinto beans and cheese, and specialty seafood options; a vegetarian-friendly version includes peppers, chilies, and onions layered with freshly simmered black or pinto beans, cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo.
Tim Castañeda's culinary education began at his family's dinner table. Nourished by the fresh salsas and flavorful meats, Tim developed a deep appreciation for and understanding of the traditional flavors of Mexican cuisine. After cooking in his family's restaurants during his youth, Tim continued to perfect his recipes and spice blends in Mexican eateries throughout the country. He brings his years of experience to Zumba Mexican Grille, where he whips up freshly made tacos, burritos, and quesadillas reminiscent of the authentic dishes of his childhood.
Named for the Spanish slang word for "energy," Zumba bustles with color and zest—from its shiny stainless-steel counters and rainbows of wooden chairs to the skirt steak, red-chili pork, and fresh vegetables sizzling on its grills. When customers walk in, their first step is to pick meats, toppings, and black, pinto, or magic beans. Then the servers behind the counter begin building Mexican specialties—including the burritos, named the city's best by Real Detroit Weekly. After receiving their orders, guests stroll over to the fresh salsa bar, where six different housemade varieties in various spice levels await them.