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
I have eaten here twice in the last 3 days and am considering eating there again today. They're right next door to Xochi's, and on Sunday I went down to Mexicantown to eat. I love Anthony Bourdain and was looking for a taqueria-and found it. The interior looks like a diner, they don't take credit cards, and they don't serve alcohol. There's an hispanic music jukebox for atmosphere. It was busy but not full. All the menu items are pictured on the wall, so you can see what you're getting. I ordered 6 tacos-beef tongue, beef head, pork, egg and sausage, and beef. I enjoyed every one of them, but it was too much to eat! My teenager got soup with shrimp and vegetables, and she loved it-it was 5.00, and a huge bowl of soup with at least 5 shrimp. They have a variety of soups, including menudo. They serve 4 kinds of salsa with every meal-pico de gallo, red salsa, a spicier one, and guacamole. They also serve limes with each meal, and chips. I had the ceviche on Tuesday-this is the only place I've found that serves a proper ceviche. This place is as authentic as it comes, and the pico is the best I've ever had, even in Mexico. It's easy to get to now that the bridge project is finished, and I won't be going anywhere else in Mexican town. I really, really love the service, excellent food, and authenticity, not to mention the prices. Discover it-it's really that good!
Xochimilco is hands down the best Mexican restaurant in Michigan. I have been eating at Xochimilco's for over 16 years and still, no other Mexican resturant compares. We live in Canton. We have several Mexican resturants within walking distance or short driving distances. These resturants are pretty good. However, we still drive to Southwest Detroit everytime we want Mexican food. The drinks, the amount of food and the pure deliciousness is worth it.
Great food, not tex mex, authentic soups and dinners, no bar but great cocktails nun the less. Fajitas are real and tasty, shrimp squires are tasty and always cooked perfect. When we go there is about 80% locals that frequent the place so you know you are in the right place. I've been to all the mexican joints in the area and this is by far our favorite.Service can be iffy (we ask for the same waiter when we go) but the food makes up for it.
The food is off the hook, been there many times with a friend, who turned my on to the place, I can't stop going there. The food is great and the service is to you will get adiccicted to the little mexican hole in the wall, once you go you will not stop, they will have to role you out lol lol I give it three thumbs up up up , roddydee, detriot Mich.......I'm goin now the prices are good too.
I especially crave the botanas from Armando's. I can not wait to eat this generous combination of the soft and crunchy morsels of beans, taco chips, advocados and onions with the melted swirl of mouth watering cheeses. I have not experienced this satisfaction at no other mexican restaurant! When I do dine else where I compare every meal to Armando's. And Armando wins hands down!
I tried their reuben yesterday, and made it a deluxe. That gave me a pretty large sandwich, one of the best I've had. Also had lots of french fries and a cup of their bean soup. Wow, what a great meal!! :) Then I went back today for a club sandwich. It's a monster!! :D Not to mention great tasting too. :) Give it a try, you won't be sorry.
Los Galanes has the best Mexican food in Detroit ! The servers are friendly and helpful, and the buffet has absolutely delicious choices - try the posole !!- with good variety and a homemade taste to the food , like the cook really cares. A plus is going at a time when the flour tortillas can be bought by the bag ! They're great.