Although the city of Detroit is home to a wide variety of high-quality, independent grocery shops, the myth that Detroit has no grocery stores persists. Southwest Detroit alone is home to some of the region’s most exciting markets. And E & L Supermercado on West Vernor Highway, the main thoroughfare in southwest Detroit’s bustling Mexicantown neighborhood, is one of the area’s best. This well-kept, family-owned market has served the neighborhood for over 65 years. E & L caters to the area’s growing Latino population and offers a huge variety of well-priced ingredients that will excite gourmet chefs and budget shoppers alike.
The on-site bakery produces a variety of baked goods, including Mexican specialties like sweet breads, rolls and empanadas. Dozens of styles of locally-made tortillas, fresh tostada shells and corn chips are available. In addition to traditional grocery store fruits and vegetables, the beautiful produce section stocks cactus leaves, jicama, avocados, plantains and fresh herbs such as epazote and cilantro – key ingredients for Mexican delicacies. Dried beans, spices, chilies and corn husks come in bulk quantities for amazing values. An entire dairy case is dedicated to Mexican cheeses with dozens of cheeses for melting and crumbling and multiple varieties of crema, a sour cream-like topping for cooking and garnishing. The meat section serves a diverse array of cuts from steaks and chicken breasts to more exotic varieties like cow’s tongue and tripe. There are several kinds of chorizo, including vegetarian substitutes. The deli counter has pre-marinated and prepped meats, ready to go for Mexican favorites. A prepared foods counter sells fried chicken, tacos, tamales and side dishes like rice, beans, salsa and guacamole.
E & L is a prime spot for year-round grocery shopping, but it’s the perfect spot to stock up for the upcoming summer barbeque season. Fill your cart with limes for beer and margaritas, stock up on chips and guacamole or grab a stack of fresh tortillas and some side dishes like rice, beans and salads. Pick out some marinated chicken breasts, carne asada or fajita meats and vegetables, and throw them on the grill. Dinner is served!