Detroit’s Mexican cuisine is largely from Jalisco
All of those tamales, tacos, and tortillas you can find in Southwest Detroit primarily get their flavor from the traditional cuisine of Jalisco, a mountainous state in central Mexico from where the majority of Detroit’s Mexican immigrants hail. Because of this, you can find authentic street tacos, pan dulce (sweet bread), carne asada (grilled steak), and lots more without needing to renew your passport. There’s even a few mariachi brunches across town (try La Terraza). Mariachis are a cultural export from all of Mexico, but specifically related to Jalisco where you wash your hangover away with a michelada and some caldo de camarón (shrimp soup).
You'll find the most delicious curry in town in a basement
A favorite gathering spot for professors and students from Wayne State University and College for Creative Studies, the basement of the International Center is sparsely decorated and, at times, downright empty. But the family who runs the cafeteria downstairs has provided Detroit with its best curry (of the three-bean and chicken variety) for more than a decade. They do their best to make the regulars and newbies feel at home among old copies of National Geographic fading under fluorescent lights.