I don't know where to begin here, but this is the big Mexican restaurant in Southwest Detroit by which all the others are judged ! It's my favorite of the 20 or so that I visit, and deservedly so. Two floors, and it gets really crowded on the weekend, but you can wait at the bar upstairs with a Margarita or a Dos Equis and a shot of Sauza. There are many things that I could mention, but consistency leaps to mind. In all the years since 1978 that I have visited this place, I can only remember having one or two bad experiences. The place is a little dark, and a little loud sometimes, but that is tempered with hot tortilla chips fresh from the fryer, better than average Margaritas, again better than average service, and many outstanding dishes. I'd be shirking my duties as a reviewer not to mention the Tacos Al Carbon, marinated steak tacos served with chopped tomatoes, onions, and diced jalapenos. The corn tortilla is just fried in oil until very hot, not crunchy, and you need to ask for them double wrapped. They are arguably the best entre in Mexicantown ! You really can't go wrong here, no matter what you order. The Botana is a meal, not an appetizer, and a delicious array of fresh vegetables loaded on top of thick refried beans on chips covered with a generous amount of melted cheese. They don't skimp on the portions here ! The Enchiladas, Quesidillas, and Chimichangas are worth a stop too, not to mention the Fajitas or skirt steaks. Go NOW....if you don't like it I'll buy :D...Tom
I've been frequenting all the Mexican restaurants in Southwest Detroit since about 1978 or so, and Evie's is one of my favorites. You might not find what you're looking for if you love flour tortillas and sour cream, but if you like fresh, authentic, home style Tex-Mex then this is a gem. First of all the Tamales. Fresh daily are pork, spicy pork, and chicken tamales. Served as a dinner, a lunch, or by the dozen @ $5.99 with salsa to go :). I found this place years ago when a native Mexican guy at work brought in tamales from Evie's. Next I could mention the menudo (tripe soup) which is outstanding, or the caldo de res (beef rib and vegetable soup) which is to die for ! There are daily specials at about $5 including Carnitas (fried pork) and beef fajitas, pork in red or green sauce, and other staples with rice and beans. Don't forget to try the pico de gallo, a chunky mix of tomatoes, onions, chilis, cilantro and garlic, served in the natural clear juice as a salsa for $2. Not to be missed ! Evie's opens early, about 8 am I think, and closes early as well. It's almost entirely staffed by family, from Diana the Matron-Domo to Joey the nephew waiter. They treat you well because it's their family livelihood, and their reputation is at stake. Last time I was there in the early morning for Caldo the owner of the BIG restaurant across the street shared my table for breakfast burritos ! What does that tell you ? Go....try something new...ENJOY !!!!!!!!!!
I live in the north subs of Detroit and when it's time for me and my girls to decompress we head to El Rancho's. Authentic mexican food made by authentic mexican people! How can you not love that?? They don't blow you away with ambiance but when you're with great company who cares?? It is fun to notice that most, if not all the paintings on the wall are of the BACKS of people. We find that amusing. We make the 1/2 hour/45 minute drive to El Ranchos instead of Xochimilco's or any other of the beaten path places for many reasons: 1). The food is better 2). We never have to wait in line or wait to get good service...even on a weekend night! & 3). It's simple mexican and NOT overpriced!! Menu: If you have never had flour tacos (they are FRIED!) then it could be argued that you haven't lived. These things are the CRACK of mexican food. Don't bother with the chicken or the bean flour tacos, just go for the ground beef. El Ranchos also has the best darn refried beans I've ever tasted. Nice and sweet. I could do without the rice but my BFF Rose raves about it. Sadly, I've never made it there for breakfast but the breakfast menu looks YUMMY!! Also, I am sorry to hear about the 1 star review because of the price thing. A situation like that has to be frustrating, but I have frequented El Ranchos for at least the past 10 years and have never had a problem like this. Jen in Troy