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Under-The-Radar Institution Taqueria Valente Shutters

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The Fort Street hole-in-the-wall has closed its doors.

Taqueria Valente.
Taqueria Valente.
Brenna Houck
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Located in an unassuming building on Fort Street called El Roble ("The Oak"), Taqueria Valente was the essence of hole-in-the-wall. But to the small community of fans that frequented it, the hidden gem was legendary for its al pastor tacos. Acting on a tip, Eater reached out today through Valente's listed number and confirmed the restaurant has shuttered permanently.

Taqueria Valente's owners opened the restaurant in 2010, according to a 2013 Hour Detroit profile of the Southwest dining scene by Martina Guzman. Owner Arturo Leon ran the restaurant with the help of his children. Leon perfected his recipe in Mexico City before bringing his authentic recipe to Detroit.

When Eater recently requested recommendations from readers with leads to the city's best tacos, one anonymous tipster fondly wrote, "Their al pastor are best. [The] reason is how they handle their tortillas. They start with white corn, then apparently steam them a bit to make them kind of fluffy, then grill for just a second. The result is a light, soft tortilla that makes all other places taco shells (even the tacos trucks, El Rey, Camino Real, etc.) seem like shoe leather."

LOVELAND, an application that searches properties and land parcels, shows the property is in foreclosure.

Taqueria Valente

6426 W Fort, Detroit, MI 48209 (313) 445-5081