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Just one of the many ways to taco at Mi Pueblo, the popular taqueria in Southwest Detroit
Michelle Gerard

21 Top-Notch Spots for Tacos in Metro Detroit

Where to find quesabirria, tacos chihuas, and more

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Just one of the many ways to taco at Mi Pueblo, the popular taqueria in Southwest Detroit
| Michelle Gerard

A lot has happened in Detroit taco culture over the years. For decades, the taco at a typical Mexican American restaurant in the region was fried and crispy or utilized a soft flour tortilla. But along with waves of migration of Mexican immigrants over the years came what many of us know today: small corn tortillas, filled with marinated meats, and accompanied by cilantro and onions. More recently, the ubiquitous taco in Detroit has displays even more regional distinctions, with seafood offerings, quesabirrias, specialities traditional to northern Mexico, and even halal options. In Southwest Detroit and throughout the greater metro area, restaurants and trucks are creating their own takes on this affordable and satisfying meal. From food truck slinging al pastor tacos to restaurants serving barbacoa, below find 21 excellent taco spots in metro Detroit to try right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Carnival Market

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1101 E Walton Blvd
Pontiac, MI 48340
(248) 276-0500
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This popular Mexican grocery store is also one of Pontiac’s favorite spots for tacos. Customers can choose from several proteins including barbacoa, al pastor, and grilled chicken and customize their tacos with the market’s fresh salsas. The beloved mercado expanded in 2021 with a stand-alone restaurant at 23019 W Outer Dr. in Allen Park, offering many of the spot’s favorites for the Downriver crowd.

2. Tienda Mexicana

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31642 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI
(248) 589-1607
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One of Oakland County’s finest taquerias is located inside a Mexican market off John R. Road. Tacos here are served on corn tortillas with standard cilantro, onion, and lime accoutrements. The restaurant’s enormous tortas are also worth the trip. Dine-in or carry out.

3. O.W.L.

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27302 Woodward Ave #0927
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 808-6244
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This 24/7 Royal Oak diner puts a creative spin on Mexican American comfort food. On top of its popular breakfast menu featuring chilaquiles made with green tomatillo salsa, chorizo and egg sandwiches, and choco flan, O.W.L. features a taco of the day, including chicken, chorizo and potato, steak, carnitas, and beef barbacoa.

4. Imperial

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22828 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI
(248) 850-8060
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Diners and bar hoppers swear by this Ferndale restaurant's tacos. Imperial keeps its menu fresh with a selection of fillings that rotate weekly. Specials have included roasted cauliflower masala, blackened shrimp, and roasted butternut squash, complementing the menu’s standby carnitas, adobada de pollo (chicken marinated in a chile-based mixture), and beef barbacoa. Vegan options are also available, as are the California-style bacon wrapped Sonoran hot dogs and quality margaritas.

5. Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen

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201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 268-3915
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Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen is Ferndale’s newest option for tacos, ushering in a much-needed boost to Oakland County’s Mexican food world. While the bar emphasizes 30 different types of agave spirits, the spot also features an impressive lineup of tacos, including birria, fish, campechano (a blend of chorizo and carne asada), and alambre — with bacon, chorizo, melted cheese, and choice of chicken or steak.

6. Dos Locos Tacos

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10337 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

This Hamtramck shop inside the former Campau Tower offers carne asada and shredded chicken tacos as well as halal beef chorizo, ground lamb, and marinated mushroom tacos. As an added perk, Dos Locos stays open until midnight for the neighborhood bar crowds.

7. El Charro St. Clair Shores

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24401 Harper Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 779-5060
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The cult of the Tex-Mex puffy taco is alive and well in metro Detroit thanks to local chain El Charro. This San Antonio-style taco features a hefty, deep fried corn tortilla with a choice of filling, plus plenty of shredded cheese, lettuce, and chopped tomatoes.

A puffy taco on a white plate. El Charro [Official photo]

8. El Taco Veloz

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4614 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
313-833-1193

This Southwest Detroit taco spot located on Toledo Street has a serious following that only grew after it expanded to a counter inside Midtown’s Marcus Market. The restaurant’s menu features steak, chicken, chorizo, and marinated pork tacos topped with grilled onions and cilantro. The meal is often accompanied by grilled peppers and lime.

Tacos in a takeout container lined with foil and surrounded by white onions and grilled jalapenos. Brenna Houck

9. Antojitos Southwest

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2100 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 854-5239
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The buzz-worthy Antojitos Southwest food truck landed on the corner of Wabash and Bagley in 2021 and with it, its popular quesabirrias. Using halal beef, these griddled, these tasty tacos are available with consomé for $1 extra. The truck is open for operation from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

10. La Jalisciense Supermercado Y Taqueria

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3923 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 551-0522
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It’s a supermarket with a bountiful butcher’s counter. But La Jalisciense is also a notable dining destination in Southwest Detroit. In addition to its quality Mexican breakfast menu, chicarrones prepared daily, and full-service bar, diners can nosh of plates of tacos with birria de chivo (goat stew), carnitas, beef tongue, and other traditional protein fillings.

11. Taqueria El Rey

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4730 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI
(313) 357-3094
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Southwest Detroit’s wildly popular Taqueria El Rey was sadly damaged in a fire earlier this year, however, fans can still enjoy its offerings at a twice-a-weekly popup at Batch Brewing Company at 1400 Porter St. in Corktown from opening time until supplies run out every Monday and Tuesday. El Rey fills tacos with a generous helping of meat, cilantro, and onion with sliced limes and radishes. The restaurant offers more than 10 options for filling the tacos (the buche and pastor are particularly tasty). Newcomers with a big appetite should also be sure to order a whole grilled chicken, which comes with a side of tortillas for a build-your-own taco experience. The house salsas help to amp up the flavors.

12. Loncheria El Parian

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4814 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

With multiple locations dotting Southwest Detroit, El Parian may be the most prolific fleet of taco trailers in the area. Tacos al pastor (marinated pork shaved from a spit) is the standout at this restaurant, though customers can also savor lengua (beef toungue), pollo (chicken), and more. The mobile restaurant also serves up a mean cheese quesadilla in a grilled and folded flour tortilla and massive tortas topped with sauce and sliced hot dogs. During the pandemic, the ownership expanded to include a brick and mortar location, La Palapa Del Parian at 1633 Lawndale St in Springwells, where the tacos are freshly prepared on the outdoor comal. On Taco Tuesday at the restaurant, order five tacos for $7 or 30 for $30.

The trailer for Loncheria El Parian on a sunny day on West Vernor. Brenna Houck

13. Las Cazuelas Grill

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4000 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI
(313) 361-1100
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Gas stations food culture is definitely a thing in Detroit and Las Cazuelas Grill in Southwest is among a cohort of metro Detroit restaurants that upholds that tradition. The restaurant’s tacos come with a choice of protein including steak, chicken, or marinated shredded pork. Everything is prepared on the flat top grill behind the counter. It’s also a great spot for breakfast burritos.

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14. Los Altos

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7056 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI
(313) 841-3109

The taco offerings at Los Altos are plentiful, ranging from al pastor, tripas, asada, and chorizo to egg, fish, shrimp, and chicharron. They’re available with corn for $2.50, flour for 50 cents more, and for another 50 cents, they can be prepared with handmade tortillas. Make it a meal and get three tacos with choice of meat, rice, beans, and lettuce and tomato on the side. The spot’s extensive bar menu features margaritas and margarita-adjacent cocktails, micheladas, and Mexican beers.

15. Taqueria Mi Pueblo

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7278 Dix St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 841-3315
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This family-owned institution in Southwest serves an expansive menu with options like Detroit-style botana and menudo, but many customers simply spring for the tacos. Mi Pueblo’s selection of fillings includes options like chicharron en salsa roja (pork rinds in red sauce), lengua (beef tongue), and lomo (shredded pork loin). The establishment also recently opened an express restaurant for patrons in need of a quicker, carryout meal.

16. Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado

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8065 w Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 652-5247
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Focusing on cuisine typical of the northern Mexican states of Sinaloa, Durango, and Chihuahua, Triángulo Dorado offers a variety of regionally unique tacos, with an emphasis on incredibly flavorful carne asada. Among the specialties are the tacos chihuas are filled with beef cheek and tongue, the crispy Sinaloa-style tacos dorados come with shredded beef and potato, while the taco molote features steak and shrimp in a flour tortilla. Also recommended is the taco discada, a meaty medley of griddled ham, chorizo, bacon, ground beef, and pico de gallo.

17. La Terraza

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8445 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 843-1433
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This restaurant and live music venue in Springwells is known for Mexican seafood dishes as well as soups, and, of course, plenty of tacos. For a crisp, golden shell meal order the quesabirrias, filled with tender beef birria and pull-worthy melted cheese. Another unique-to-Detroit offering, the taco gobernador, featuring spiced Baja California-style griddled shrimp and melted together with mozzarella cheese, available with a corn or flour tortilla.

18. Tacos El Caballo

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Longworth St, Detroit, MI 48209
Detroit, MI
313-989-8426

This popular truck in Springwells is a mecca for many local taco connoisseurs. Choose from corn or flour tortillas and a selection of meats ranging from chorizo to beef tongue and pastor. Don’t forget to bring cash.

19. El Asador Mexican Steakhouse

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1312 Springwells St
Detroit, MI
(313) 297-2360
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This slightly upscale Mexican restaurant boasts a strong selection of tasty tacos. Fans like the seafood versions best including the shrimp diabla option. The tacos are served with soft, fried, and hard-shell flour or corn tortillas. Reservations are not required, however, they are recommended.

20. M Cantina

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13214 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 399-9117
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M Cantina’s chef-owner Junior Merino’s Nuevo Latino street food restaurant dishes up halal trios of enticing tacos such as mole braised short rib, duck carnitas, and chile relleno. Each tortilla receives a generous amount of filling and customers can dress them up even more with the restaurant’s extensive selection of salsas. Meals can be paired with Merino’s signature cocktails and non-alcoholic libations.

soft tacos loaded with meat, lime and guacamole M Cantina [Official photo]

21. The Taco Stand Taqueria

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5038 Allen Rd
Allen Park, MI 48101
(313) 724-6221
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Downriver’s Taco Stand serves five types of tacos with either corn or flour tortillas. Don’t miss the extra spicy chorizo or the campechano — a blend of griddled chorizo and steak. The tacos are filled generously and topped with onions and cilantro.

1. Carnival Market

1101 E Walton Blvd, Pontiac, MI 48340

This popular Mexican grocery store is also one of Pontiac’s favorite spots for tacos. Customers can choose from several proteins including barbacoa, al pastor, and grilled chicken and customize their tacos with the market’s fresh salsas. The beloved mercado expanded in 2021 with a stand-alone restaurant at 23019 W Outer Dr. in Allen Park, offering many of the spot’s favorites for the Downriver crowd.

1101 E Walton Blvd
Pontiac, MI 48340

2. Tienda Mexicana

31642 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI

One of Oakland County’s finest taquerias is located inside a Mexican market off John R. Road. Tacos here are served on corn tortillas with standard cilantro, onion, and lime accoutrements. The restaurant’s enormous tortas are also worth the trip. Dine-in or carry out.

31642 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI

3. O.W.L.

27302 Woodward Ave #0927, Royal Oak, MI 48067

This 24/7 Royal Oak diner puts a creative spin on Mexican American comfort food. On top of its popular breakfast menu featuring chilaquiles made with green tomatillo salsa, chorizo and egg sandwiches, and choco flan, O.W.L. features a taco of the day, including chicken, chorizo and potato, steak, carnitas, and beef barbacoa.

27302 Woodward Ave #0927
Royal Oak, MI 48067

4. Imperial

22828 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI

Diners and bar hoppers swear by this Ferndale restaurant's tacos. Imperial keeps its menu fresh with a selection of fillings that rotate weekly. Specials have included roasted cauliflower masala, blackened shrimp, and roasted butternut squash, complementing the menu’s standby carnitas, adobada de pollo (chicken marinated in a chile-based mixture), and beef barbacoa. Vegan options are also available, as are the California-style bacon wrapped Sonoran hot dogs and quality margaritas.

22828 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI

5. Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen

201 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen is Ferndale’s newest option for tacos, ushering in a much-needed boost to Oakland County’s Mexican food world. While the bar emphasizes 30 different types of agave spirits, the spot also features an impressive lineup of tacos, including birria, fish, campechano (a blend of chorizo and carne asada), and alambre — with bacon, chorizo, melted cheese, and choice of chicken or steak.

201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

6. Dos Locos Tacos

10337 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

This Hamtramck shop inside the former Campau Tower offers carne asada and shredded chicken tacos as well as halal beef chorizo, ground lamb, and marinated mushroom tacos. As an added perk, Dos Locos stays open until midnight for the neighborhood bar crowds.

10337 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

7. El Charro St. Clair Shores

24401 Harper Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080
A puffy taco on a white plate. El Charro [Official photo]

The cult of the Tex-Mex puffy taco is alive and well in metro Detroit thanks to local chain El Charro. This San Antonio-style taco features a hefty, deep fried corn tortilla with a choice of filling, plus plenty of shredded cheese, lettuce, and chopped tomatoes.

24401 Harper Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

8. El Taco Veloz

4614 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Tacos in a takeout container lined with foil and surrounded by white onions and grilled jalapenos. Brenna Houck

This Southwest Detroit taco spot located on Toledo Street has a serious following that only grew after it expanded to a counter inside Midtown’s Marcus Market. The restaurant’s menu features steak, chicken, chorizo, and marinated pork tacos topped with grilled onions and cilantro. The meal is often accompanied by grilled peppers and lime.

4614 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

9. Antojitos Southwest

2100 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216

The buzz-worthy Antojitos Southwest food truck landed on the corner of Wabash and Bagley in 2021 and with it, its popular quesabirrias. Using halal beef, these griddled, these tasty tacos are available with consomé for $1 extra. The truck is open for operation from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

2100 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216

10. La Jalisciense Supermercado Y Taqueria

3923 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48216

It’s a supermarket with a bountiful butcher’s counter. But La Jalisciense is also a notable dining destination in Southwest Detroit. In addition to its quality Mexican breakfast menu, chicarrones prepared daily, and full-service bar, diners can nosh of plates of tacos with birria de chivo (goat stew), carnitas, beef tongue, and other traditional protein fillings.

3923 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48216

11. Taqueria El Rey

4730 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI

Southwest Detroit’s wildly popular Taqueria El Rey was sadly damaged in a fire earlier this year, however, fans can still enjoy its offerings at a twice-a-weekly popup at Batch Brewing Company at 1400 Porter St. in Corktown from opening time until supplies run out every Monday and Tuesday. El Rey fills tacos with a generous helping of meat, cilantro, and onion with sliced limes and radishes. The restaurant offers more than 10 options for filling the tacos (the buche and pastor are particularly tasty). Newcomers with a big appetite should also be sure to order a whole grilled chicken, which comes with a side of tortillas for a build-your-own taco experience. The house salsas help to amp up the flavors.

4730 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI

12. Loncheria El Parian

4814 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
The trailer for Loncheria El Parian on a sunny day on West Vernor. Brenna Houck

With multiple locations dotting Southwest Detroit, El Parian may be the most prolific fleet of taco trailers in the area. Tacos al pastor (marinated pork shaved from a spit) is the standout at this restaurant, though customers can also savor lengua (beef toungue), pollo (chicken), and more. The mobile restaurant also serves up a mean cheese quesadilla in a grilled and folded flour tortilla and massive tortas topped with sauce and sliced hot dogs. During the pandemic, the ownership expanded to include a brick and mortar location, La Palapa Del Parian at 1633 Lawndale St in Springwells, where the tacos are freshly prepared on the outdoor comal. On Taco Tuesday at the restaurant, order five tacos for $7 or 30 for $30.

4814 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

13. Las Cazuelas Grill

4000 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI
Brenna Houck

Gas stations food culture is definitely a thing in Detroit and Las Cazuelas Grill in Southwest is among a cohort of metro Detroit restaurants that upholds that tradition. The restaurant’s tacos come with a choice of protein including steak, chicken, or marinated shredded pork. Everything is prepared on the flat top grill behind the counter. It’s also a great spot for breakfast burritos.

4000 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI

14. Los Altos

7056 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI

The taco offerings at Los Altos are plentiful, ranging from al pastor, tripas, asada, and chorizo to egg, fish, shrimp, and chicharron. They’re available with corn for $2.50, flour for 50 cents more, and for another 50 cents, they can be prepared with handmade tortillas. Make it a meal and get three tacos with choice of meat, rice, beans, and lettuce and tomato on the side. The spot’s extensive bar menu features margaritas and margarita-adjacent cocktails, micheladas, and Mexican beers.

7056 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI

15. Taqueria Mi Pueblo

7278 Dix St, Detroit, MI 48209

This family-owned institution in Southwest serves an expansive menu with options like Detroit-style botana and menudo, but many customers simply spring for the tacos. Mi Pueblo’s selection of fillings includes options like chicharron en salsa roja (pork rinds in red sauce), lengua (beef tongue), and lomo (shredded pork loin). The establishment also recently opened an express restaurant for patrons in need of a quicker, carryout meal.

7278 Dix St
Detroit, MI 48209

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16. Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado

8065 w Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

Focusing on cuisine typical of the northern Mexican states of Sinaloa, Durango, and Chihuahua, Triángulo Dorado offers a variety of regionally unique tacos, with an emphasis on incredibly flavorful carne asada. Among the specialties are the tacos chihuas are filled with beef cheek and tongue, the crispy Sinaloa-style tacos dorados come with shredded beef and potato, while the taco molote features steak and shrimp in a flour tortilla. Also recommended is the taco discada, a meaty medley of griddled ham, chorizo, bacon, ground beef, and pico de gallo.

8065 w Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

17. La Terraza

8445 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

This restaurant and live music venue in Springwells is known for Mexican seafood dishes as well as soups, and, of course, plenty of tacos. For a crisp, golden shell meal order the quesabirrias, filled with tender beef birria and pull-worthy melted cheese. Another unique-to-Detroit offering, the taco gobernador, featuring spiced Baja California-style griddled shrimp and melted together with mozzarella cheese, available with a corn or flour tortilla.

8445 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

18. Tacos El Caballo

Longworth St, Detroit, MI 48209, Detroit, MI

This popular truck in Springwells is a mecca for many local taco connoisseurs. Choose from corn or flour tortillas and a selection of meats ranging from chorizo to beef tongue and pastor. Don’t forget to bring cash.

Longworth St, Detroit, MI 48209
Detroit, MI

19. El Asador Mexican Steakhouse

1312 Springwells St, Detroit, MI

This slightly upscale Mexican restaurant boasts a strong selection of tasty tacos. Fans like the seafood versions best including the shrimp diabla option. The tacos are served with soft, fried, and hard-shell flour or corn tortillas. Reservations are not required, however, they are recommended.

1312 Springwells St
Detroit, MI

20. M Cantina

13214 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
soft tacos loaded with meat, lime and guacamole M Cantina [Official photo]

M Cantina’s chef-owner Junior Merino’s Nuevo Latino street food restaurant dishes up halal trios of enticing tacos such as mole braised short rib, duck carnitas, and chile relleno. Each tortilla receives a generous amount of filling and customers can dress them up even more with the restaurant’s extensive selection of salsas. Meals can be paired with Merino’s signature cocktails and non-alcoholic libations.

13214 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126

21. The Taco Stand Taqueria

5038 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101

Downriver’s Taco Stand serves five types of tacos with either corn or flour tortillas. Don’t miss the extra spicy chorizo or the campechano — a blend of griddled chorizo and steak. The tacos are filled generously and topped with onions and cilantro.

5038 Allen Rd
Allen Park, MI 48101

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