12 places to celebrate National Taco Day locally
While every Tuesday can be Taco Tuesday in your world, this Tuesday also happens to be National Taco Day.
According to nationaldaycalendar.com, this annual holiday started in 2009. It shares Oct. 4 with National Vodka Day, so plan accordingly.
Whether you prefer crunchy or soft, chicken or beef, here is a list of a variety of places — authentic and otherwise — around Metro Detroit to celebrate National Taco Day.
Señor López Restaurant: Fast, affordable and authentic, this Michigan Avenue spot is popular for lunch. Besides marinated pork and grilled chicken, Señor López offers tacos stuffed with Mexican sausage and eggs, grilled steak and beef tongue, or go vegetarian. 7146 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 551-0685.
Taqueria Lupitas: Simple and easy, this Mexicantown spot is known for its authenticity, fresh salsa and family-friendly atmosphere. 3443 Bagley, Detroit. (313) 843-1105.
Taqueria Mi Pueblo: This spacious, southwest favorite offers tacos with corn or flour tortillas, topped with onions and cilantro. Tacos to-go are only $1.20; must order at least 10. 7278 Dix, Detroit. (313) 841-3315.
Taqueria Nuestra Familia: A little off the grid, this colorful, authentic and spacious southwest Detroit spot has a big menu and is open early. Get your taco fix as soon as 8 a.m. 7620 W. Vernor, Detroit. (313) 842-5668.
Las Cazuleas Grill: The best gas station tacos ever? Maybe. See also the Melvindale location (4122 Oakwood). 4000 Livernois, Detroit. (313) 996-5529.
Calexico Detroit: This newly-opened downtown spot is also one of dozens of businesses participating in the Dine Drink Detroit promotion. Tuesday through Oct. 20, get your choice of entree — pollo wet red burrito, two tacos with rice and beans or tostada salad with chicken — plus a soda or house margarita for $15. 1040 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 262-6361.
Imperial: This hip Ferndale bar is usually packed, and Tuesday is likely to be no different. This month Imperial’s vegetarian taco special has caramelized butternut squash with pepita pesto (pumpkin seeds), black beans, lime cream, queso fresco and cilantro. 22828 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 850-8060.
Iron Horse: Royal Oak restaurant and tequila bar crafts a variety of tacos, including chicken, chorizo, carnitas, tofu, buffalo shrimp, steak and mahi mahi. The best part is the cheese melted in between the corn tortillas. 316 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 291-6313.
Super Taco at Tienda Mexicana: Located inside a Mexican grocery store in a suburban strip mall, Super Taco is the real deal. Eat in the modest dining area (grab a Mexican coke from the grocery side), or take it to-go. Order at the counter; pay at the store’s register. 31642 John R, Madison Heights. (248) 589-1607.
El Charro: This east side chain has been serving its fried corn shell tacos since the early 1970s. Between their four locations, the El Charro family cranks out more than 11,000 of these tacos per week. Look for restaurants in Macomb, Fraser, St. Clair Shores and Troy. elcharrousa.com.
Las Palapas: A fun, colorful spot with good deals, big portions and an extensive bar menu. 33308 Plymouth, Livonia. (734) 762-7003.
Chela’s Restaurant and Taqueria: A whopping 10 variety of tacos, including four vegetarian options and two vegan. Online ordering available, as well as delivery for those close enough. 693 S. Maple, Ann Arbor. (734) 332-6055.
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