Sometimes, skipping the tablecloth and going straight for “the good stuff” is the right way to enjoy a meal. That’s where street food or street food-inspired eateries come into play. There are plenty of them across southeast Michigan and we’re here to cover a few. So, grab a bib, strap in and chow down.
While this taco chain gets its name from a California town bordering Mexico, Calexico is actually based in Brooklyn, New York. Recently, however, Calexico opened their first Michigan location in downtown Detroit. This new location was made possible by restaurateur Randy Dickow, who owns Freshii, Lunchtime Global and Sweet Lorraine’s Mac n’ Cheez. In addition to serving tacos, salads, burritos, nachos and rolled quesadillas, Calexico has a full bar with house margaritas and more.
Located in Troy, Estia is a Greek street food restaurant, serving gyro wraps, gyro bowls, salads, soups and more. This Greek restaurant was founded by two cousins that wanted to bring healthy, Greek-inspired food to the masses. Estia does well by its consumers by offering plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options to munch on.
Getting its name from the longitude and latitude of the Mediterranean and the Middle East (29N/41E), 2941 Street Food serves food from across the pond. At 2941 Street Food, ordering your food is a five-step process. First, pick your style (mini bowl, samoon sandwich, honest bowl or bazaar meal), then pick your protein, followed by your choice eight sauces, then your choice of pickled vegetables, and finally, if you ordered an honest bowl or bazaar meal, the fifth step is choosing what kind of salad you’d like. There are also plenty of sides and extras to choose from.
Isalita is a Mexican-style cantina in Ann Arbor that takes its cues from the markets of Mexico City, a confluence of different culinary styles that meet to create something unique. To say nothing of the Mexican fare on offer at Isalita, the space is warm and inviting, inciting the age-old mantra: mi casa es su casa. Not only will you find your fix of tacos, sandwiches, quesadillas and more, but Isalita features a selection of bar drinks to match the culinary style of the kitchen.
Popular for its Korean fried chicken, Seoul Street makes its fried chicken from fresh, never frozen chicken with no antibiotics or growth hormones. The store opened in 2011 and has continued to wow customers and food critics with how it prepares its fried chicken and housemade sauces. Beyond the fried chicken, Seoul Street also has BiBimBop (mixed rice bowls), fried rice dishes, Doshirak (boxed meals), Korean tacos, kimchee fries and more.