The restaurants of Mexicantown on W. Vernor Highway and Bagley Streets are well-known among Detroiters who flock to the area for its Mexican restaurants. While the larger restaurants may offer a festive atmosphere and frozen margaritas, some of the smaller businesses in the area offer great value and quality. These are our top picks for low cost spots in Mexicantown:
Taqueria Lupita’s (3443 Bagley): This small dine-in or carry-out establishment offers some of the best tacos al pastor in the area. And the $2.50 lunch special includes two tacos, rice, and beans, plus all the fresh chips and homemade salsas you can eat.
La Gloria Bakery (3345 Bagley): This tiny bakery on the edge of Mexicantown offers a huge variety of Mexican pastries at super low prices. Browse the cases holding everything from breakfast muffins to chocolate-covered strawberries. The homemade churros, kept warm are a local fan favorite.
Taqueria El Rey (4730 W Vernor): The chicken…you have to get the chicken! The giant grill set just outside this restaurant offers the best grilled chicken around. El Rey also offers great tostadas and a wide variety of Mexican cocktails and beers.
Giovanna’s Lounge (3537 W Vernor): Stop by Giovanna’s Lounge for a friendly neighborhood spot, a wide selection of cold Mexican beers, and a huge patio perfect for large group gatherings.
Algo Especial (2628 W Bagley): This small market offers a wide variety of Mexican foods, but is best known for its delicious tamales.