Your Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers and the Detroit Free Press are proud to once again team up to support our local restaurants with the Top 10 Takeout series, a celebration of the 2020 Top 10 Best New Restaurants of the Year.
We will be highlighting each of those restaurants as tickets to their respective Takeout event go on sale. This week, we’re dining on tacos and seafood sushi at Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado. Don’t forget that you can enter our giveaway for a chance to win a virtual cooking class with the chef of 2020’s Restuarant of the Year and other prizes!
Mention traditional tacos, and an image immediately pops into mind. But Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado amps up that picture with color, texture and scale.
Picture a plate bright with red onions, green avocado sliced perfectly and a flour taco tortilla that looks as golden as a summer sun. The photo’s texture comes from the rough chop on the cilantro, the cheese crumbles and the ample portion of meat. The scale is easy to judge – just envision a taco that fits ideally into the palm of the average adult’s hand, its warmth radiating from the freshly grilled ingredients.
Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado is the kind of restaurant that honors its food by highlighting what makes it special – that is, every aspect of its tacos, seafood sushi and gorditas are made in a way that shows off the chef’s care and time putting it together. The resulting dish is a feast for eyes and the palate.
Drooling yet? That’s the idea. The atmosphere may be laid back, but there is a fervent need to communicate through food that runs through Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado. It comes from the coat of arms, proudly displayed. It comes from the bright orange décor. It comes from the soulful sauces, housemade tortillas and tender shredded beef.
In other words, Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado is the kind of place where loyalty both to the food and to the neighborhood are rewarded with delicious food. It is a classic neighborhood joint, giving Southwest Detroit its well-deserved reputation for easy eats that you can only find within these areas of the city.
The overflowing plates at Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado are found both inside as well as in carryout orders. It is the kind of generosity that indicates the mindset of the chef and the owners alike – they want to fill people up with their signature street foods. The goal, it seems, is to not only invite newcomers to learn about Sinaloa, Chihuahua and Durango, but to also remind people from northwestern Mexico of the food they know and love.
That area of Mexico is called The Golden Triangle – so maybe you need to try at least three dishes to ensure you understand it all. There’s lots to try, but there’s the tacos to start, the mariscos to dabble in as well as the flautas, burritos, quesadillas…well, you get the point.
Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado is owned by husband-and-wife team Santiago Torres and Rocio Karina Rocha. They have created quick loyalty to their restaurant for both their regular dishes as well as their willingness to experiment. That’s where the seafood sushi comes in, getting attention from local media from Tostada Magazine to Eater Detroit to the Detroit Free Press.
Santiago Torres wanted to bring something unique to Detroit’s widely appreciated food scene, and he truly did with this dish and others on Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado’s menu. He encourages that kind of experimentation with the foods he serves as well as the preparation. Whether you eat it there because the scent forces you to sneak a taste or take it home, you’ll understand his passions for eating well and eating his favorite foods within a few bites.
Investigating what makes Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado and its tacos so memorable is a worthy task. It shouldn’t be taken lightly. But it should be done often, and it should be considered your duty as a Metro Detroit food lover. But just one more piece of advice, which comes from experience: Make sure you put a napkin on your lap once you get into the car to make sure you can go back home or back to work with some respectability.