Restaurants that Give New Meaning to Taco Tuesday
By: Michael Fossbakk
February 6, 2017
Tacos. Everyone loves tacos. We’ve seen a lot of places pop-up in metro Detroit, serving smaller sized tacos that can be ordered ala carte so you can mix-and-match a little bit. Chorizo. Steak. Carnitas. While these are all great traditional tacos, we thought we’d take a look at a few tacos that you may not have tried, let alone heard of.
A foremost leader in the sitdown, taco truck-style, Mexican fare in Ferndale, Imperial knows how to kick things up a notch. The California-inspired eatery has a constantly rotating menu with new styles of food truck tacos on offer every week. Head over to Imperial’s Facebook page and you’ll see what you can expect to chow down on next time you stop by. This month, expect new options, like taco de bistec (marinated flank steak, grilled artichoke, lemon-chile aioli & crumbled feta) and taco de pierna de cerdo (bbq pork shank, red cabbage chow-chow & green onion).
Headed up by chef Zack Sklar, Mex in Bloomfield and Great Lakes Crossing has become a destination for the area for standout Mexican dishes and great atmosphere. A couple of unique tacos on the menu are the Gogi (Korean-style marinated pork, spicy peanuts & radish slaw) and the curried veggie (potato, peas, spaghetti squash, salsa de arbol & queso blanco). The perfect complement to the tacos at Mex? An unbelievable selection of tequila.
Located in Royal Oak, Mesa Tacos and Tequila is like Imperial in that it also features a new taco of the week. Last week, that honor went to the beer battered snapper with Chipotle sauce, lettuce, pico and queso fresco. A couple other tacos to be sure to check out from the regular dinner menu are the mole verde brisket taco (mole brisket, corn pasilla salsa, crema and queso chihuahua) and the panceta de cerdoy taco (tasso rubbed & smoked pork belly, black beans, white onion escabeche & Mesa BBQ).
Iron Horse can also be found in Royal Oak, this time next door to the Royal Oak Music Theatre, making this a perfect destination before or after a show. Take a look at its menu and Iron Horse’s taco selection looks like your run of the mill styles (chorizo, chicken, steak, etc.). But, head over to its Facebook page and you’ll find the good stuff, like these steak and egg tacos (served Sat-Sun, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) for brunch.
This gem in downtown Plymouth puts the ‘A’ in authentic with delicious signature tacos, enchiladas, margaritas and more that are only matched by its entertaining decor. The fried avocado taco caught our eye with its tempura-fried avocado, paprika aioli, escabeche, queso fresco and lime. Keep an eye on Barrio’s Facebook page for rotating specials.