It’s tough to find someone who doesn’t enjoy the taste of a delicious taco. With a perfect combination of cheesy goodness, hearty meat, and just the right amount of salsa and spice, a taco satisfies several cravings at once. Here in the Motor City, we’ve got our fair share of awesome taco joints, and your taste buds will surely thank you for visiting these nine best-of-the-best eateries.
1. Taqueria Mi Pueblo (7278 Dix St)
With three levels of seating and a detailed menu full of delicious Mexican food to indulge in, it’s safe to say that you’ll be satisfied when you visit Taqueria Mi Pueblo. It doesn’t matter what sort of taco or other delightfully spicy flavor you’re craving: you’re sure to find it here.
2. Alley Taco (4614 2nd Ave)
Looking for tacos to go? This is the spot for you! Alley Taco serves up some of the most delicious tacos in the Motor City from inside Marcus Market. Select your meat and load it up with fillings, from pico de gallo to sour cream to cilantro and onion. Did we mention the homemade chips? Be sure to grab some before you chow down on your taco dinner.
3. Señor Lopez Restaurant (7146 Michigan Ave)
There’s no better place in Detroit to enjoy tacos in a cool, casual setting. The menu here at Señor Lopez is decidedly traditional, but that doesn’t mean it’s anything less than delicious. It doesn't matter how many times you’ve enjoyed a taco or other Mexican classic here — your taste buds will always crave more.
4. Taqueria El Rey (4730 Vernor Hwy)
This is no ordinary taco restaurant. At Taqueria El Rey, you’ll find a delightfully simple set-up (they only accept cash) — but the range of food options is anything but typical! Indulge in a goat or pork taco and wash it down with a delicious pint of beer. Not in the mood for a taco? This eatery also features some of the best grilled chicken around, which we featured in
5. Jose’s Tacos (218 E Grand River Ave)
Sombreros grace the walls of this modest eatery, which delights Detroiters of all ages with its mouthwatering taco options. Whether you enjoy your tacos on soft corn tortillas or you prefer deep-fried crispy goodness, Jose’s has you covered. It’s one of the Motor City’s hidden gems, and you simply have to give it a try.
6. Hot Taco Detroit (2233 Park Ave)
Stop in at Hot Taco for a uniquely delicious taco experience. Fill your tortilla or shell with steak or load it up with veggies when you’re craving lighter fare. Really want to mix it up? Order the blackened shrimp soft tacos, which bring together seafood and spice in the most delicious way imaginable.
7. El Barzon (3710 Junction St)
For a slightly fancier taco experience, head to El Barzon and indulge in an order of delicious upscale Mexican food. The taco options here are straightforward, but they’ll have your mouth watering in no time. During warmer months, enjoy your meal outside on the restaurant’s gorgeous patio.
8. Taco Especial (278 Southfield Rd, Ecorse)
Taco Especial is a local favorite in the Detroit area, and with good reason: it’s been providing diners with excellent Mexican cuisine since 1979. Whether you keep it simple and order an original soft shell taco or up the cheese factor with a nacho taco, you’re certainly in for a treat at Taco Especial.
9. Mexicantown Restaurant (3457 Bagley Ave)
This large eatery is one of Detroit’s very best Mexican restaurants, and it has the food to prove it! If you still have room after indulging in a few traditional tacos with a large helping of chips and salsa, try Mexicantown Restaurant’s famous "flaming fajita." It’s just what it sounds like, and it will leave you craving more. Mmm.
So, there you have it: nine of our favorite taco restaurants in Detroit! Of course, it would be impossible to include each and every great taco eatery on this list. Which of your favorites did we forget? Tell us in the comment section!