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Birria tacos dorados at La Terraza.
Michelle Gerard

20 Top-Notch Spots for Tacos in Metro Detroit

Where to find crispy shredded beef tacos dorados, spit-roasted chicken tacos arabes, and more

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Birria tacos dorados at La Terraza.
| Michelle Gerard

One of the original street foods, tacos are simple from the outside but the potential for fillings and flavor combinations is nearly limitless. 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 tacos arabes, below find 20 excellent taco spots in metro Detroit to try right now.

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1. 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 chorizo and steak. The tacos are filled generously and topped with onions and cilantro.

2. 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 barbecue short rib, marinated shrimp, and duck carnitas. 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 non-alcoholic libations.

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

3. 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 lobster and scallop options. Drop in during the lunch hour and get them for a meal or a la carte. The tacos are served with soft, fried, and hard-shell tortillas. For dinner make sure to secure a reservation in advance.

4. Tacos El Caballo

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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.

5. 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 tacos dorados filled with tender, stewed beef.

6. Taqueria Nuestra Familia

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7620 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI
(313) 842-5668
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This family-owned, sit down restaurant in Springwells Village is a favorite destination for tacos with fillings like carne asada, al pastor, and chorizo with eggs. The tacos are served with a generous sprinkling of cilantro and chopped onions.

7. Los Altos

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

Los Altos and its sister restaurant Lupita’s in Mexicantown serve tacos topped with onions, cilantro, and meat (steak, chicken, pork, beef head, tongue, and tripe). While both taquerias are excellent, Los Altos offers beers and margaritas.

8. 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.

9. 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.

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

10. Taqueria El Rey

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4730 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI
(313) 357-3094
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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 the 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.

11. Las Cazuelas Grill

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4000 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI
(313) 361-1100
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Gas stations food doesn’t typically scream “fresh and delicious,” but Las Cazuelas Grill in Southwest is among a cohort of metro Detroit restaurants that upends those expectations. 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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12. La Noria Bistro

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5517 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 338-3545
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This corner bistro on Junction and Michigan Avenue serves an eclectic combination of Mexican and Italian dishes including a variety of tacos. One of La Noria’s specialties is tacos arabes — a Pueblan taco prepared with a flour tortilla and meat sliced shawarma-style from a rotating spit.

13. Peso Bar

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2547 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 974-6197

This modern Mexican restaurant offers an expansive list of burritos, tortas, and margaritas, but don’t overlook the tacos doraditos appetizer — crisp, fried tortilla shells filled with tender, shredded beef birria.

14. Brujo Tacos and Tapas

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474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48226

This Detroit Shipping Company food stall rotates its menu regularly, but customers can always count on there being a few interesting tacos in the mix. Expect tacos filled with things like lamb chorizo or seared perch with spicy cabbage slaw.

15. 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

16. 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, vegan soy chorizo, and black bean tacos. As an added perk, Dos Locos stays open late for the neighborhood bar crowds.

17. 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]

18. 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 rotating selection of fillings including al pastor, chorizo-potatoes, and even seitan. Don’t miss out on the California-style bacon wrapped Sonoran hot dogs and quality margaritas.

19. Tienda Mexicana

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31642 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI
(248) 589-1607
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One of metro Detroit'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.

20. 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.

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1. 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 chorizo and steak. The tacos are filled generously and topped with onions and cilantro.

5038 Allen Rd
Allen Park, MI 48101

2. 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 barbecue short rib, marinated shrimp, and duck carnitas. 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 non-alcoholic libations.

13214 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126

3. 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 lobster and scallop options. Drop in during the lunch hour and get them for a meal or a la carte. The tacos are served with soft, fried, and hard-shell tortillas. For dinner make sure to secure a reservation in advance.

1312 Springwells St
Detroit, MI

4. 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

5. 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 tacos dorados filled with tender, stewed beef.

8445 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

6. Taqueria Nuestra Familia

7620 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI

This family-owned, sit down restaurant in Springwells Village is a favorite destination for tacos with fillings like carne asada, al pastor, and chorizo with eggs. The tacos are served with a generous sprinkling of cilantro and chopped onions.

7620 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI

7. Los Altos

7056 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI

Los Altos and its sister restaurant Lupita’s in Mexicantown serve tacos topped with onions, cilantro, and meat (steak, chicken, pork, beef head, tongue, and tripe). While both taquerias are excellent, Los Altos offers beers and margaritas.

7056 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI

8. 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

9. 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.

4814 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

10. Taqueria El Rey

4730 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI

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 the 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

11. Las Cazuelas Grill

4000 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI
Brenna Houck

Gas stations food doesn’t typically scream “fresh and delicious,” but Las Cazuelas Grill in Southwest is among a cohort of metro Detroit restaurants that upends those expectations. 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

12. La Noria Bistro

5517 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210

This corner bistro on Junction and Michigan Avenue serves an eclectic combination of Mexican and Italian dishes including a variety of tacos. One of La Noria’s specialties is tacos arabes — a Pueblan taco prepared with a flour tortilla and meat sliced shawarma-style from a rotating spit.

5517 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210

13. Peso Bar

2547 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216

This modern Mexican restaurant offers an expansive list of burritos, tortas, and margaritas, but don’t overlook the tacos doraditos appetizer — crisp, fried tortilla shells filled with tender, shredded beef birria.

2547 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216

14. Brujo Tacos and Tapas

474 Peterboro St, Detroit, MI 48226

This Detroit Shipping Company food stall rotates its menu regularly, but customers can always count on there being a few interesting tacos in the mix. Expect tacos filled with things like lamb chorizo or seared perch with spicy cabbage slaw.

474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48226

15. 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

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16. 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, vegan soy chorizo, and black bean tacos. As an added perk, Dos Locos stays open late for the neighborhood bar crowds.

10337 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

17. 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

18. Imperial

22828 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI

Diners and bar hoppers swear by this Ferndale restaurant's tacos. Imperial keeps its menu fresh with a rotating selection of fillings including al pastor, chorizo-potatoes, and even seitan. Don’t miss out on the California-style bacon wrapped Sonoran hot dogs and quality margaritas.

22828 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI

19. Tienda Mexicana

31642 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI

One of metro Detroit'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

20. 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.

1101 E Walton Blvd
Pontiac, MI 48340

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