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The definitive Mexicantown dining guide: 10 essential stops

Published On 04/30/2014 Published On 04/30/2014
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1. Taqueria Lupita's 3443 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216 (Mexicantown)

Get your taco fix with this reputed "House of the Original Mexican Taco". Pony up and throw down your cash (only) for a quick in-and-out (pro tip: ask for extra spices), or sit back and get ready to gorge on their various sauces with the expectedly warm chips.

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2. Taqueria Nuestra Familia 7620 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209 (Mexicantown)

Punch up your taco experience by opting for the lomo (shredded pork loin) or steamed beef tripe, beef heart, or beef tongue varieties at this Mexicantown spot. Spritz on the provided limes for a welcome accent.

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3. Taqueria Mi Pueblo 7278 Dix St, Detroit, MI 48209 (Mexicantown)

Mexican beer -- or tequila, as this taqueria's bar is well stocked -- will square off perfectly with botana (chips with chorizo, fried beans, melted cheese, and basically a garden of toppings) and any three tacos for a cheap and filling dinner.

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4. Los Galanes 3362 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216 (Mexicantown)

While you could take the easy way out and go with a few tacos wrapped in doughy flour tortillas, take our advice and order the wet burrito, which comes grilled instead of baked and doused in mole. One (or many) of the 11 Mexican beers and the dozen tequilas on the menu will keep you company through the night.

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5. Xochimilco 3409 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216 (Mexicantown)

Xochimilco is a great spot for a late night taco and a margarita. It's open until 2a, so after a night at the bar you can make a game out of trying to pronounce the name (so-she-mil-co).

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6. Mexican Village 2600 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216 (Mexicantown)

As the oldest Mexican restaurant in Mexicantown -- and according to them, the oldest in Detroit -- this 50+ year old institution is a behemoth, with six dining rooms and an upstairs bar. Try their Caldo Can-Cun (spicy chicken and rice soup topped with avocado and cheese), which hails back to the motherland (even more so if you hold the cheese).

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7. Evie's Tamales 3454 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216 (Mexicantown)

Although you can find really good chilaquiles and huevos rancheros at this unassuming Mexican eatery, their claim to fame are the 99 cent breakfast burritos. Load one or 15 up with chorizo, ham, potatoes, and anything else you like. Other cheap eats include half a dozen tamales -- for under $5!

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8. Armando's 4242 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209 (Mexicantown)

Armando’s has a lunch buffet featuring botanas, bean burritos, and cheese enchiladas, and also keeps their party patio open until 4am, serving margaritas, mojitos, daiquiris, and sangria.

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9. El Asador Steakhouse 1312 Springwells St, Detroit, MI 48209

El Asador proves that finding authentic Mexican food is as simple as heading to southwest Detroit. El Asador serves an array of approachable Mexican dishes, like crispy quesadillas overflowing with melted cheese and shredded chicken; three-cheese enchiladas dipped in house-made sauce; and soft shell tacos filled with fried or grilled mahi mahi. However, you'd be remiss not to order one of the speciality steaks, like the immaculately char-grilled filet mignon with three-chile butter sauce or the New York steak topped with homemade ranchero sauce. Don't forget to bring along a six-pack of your favorite cerveza, as El Asador is BYOB.

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10. Mexicantown Bakery 4300 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209 (Mexicantown)

Empanadas, cornbread muffins, and cannoli make this bakery a must-visit on any trip to Mexicantown -- morning, noon, or night. Sugary pastries, cheesecakes, and even savory Mexican staples (like beans and rice) are easily found here.

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