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ALL THE BEST SPOTS FOR HEALTHY-ISH TACOS IN DETROIT

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KELLY SUNDBERG

JUL 14, 2020

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IMAGE VIA MESA TACOS AND TEQUILA | FACEBOOK

Taco tuesday just got that much better. Detroit is known for their tacos in Mexicantown, but the taco love has spread far and wide in the Motor City. Whether you like your handhelds mild or spicy, plant-based or loaded with meat — you’ll find a taco that’ll suit your taste buds. Grab a friend and head to these spots with an empty stomach, you’ll need one.

Ditch the overcrowded Mexican cantinas and get right to it at Hot Taco Detroit. Hot chicken, pulled pork, blackened shrimp — there is a taco here for everyone in your crew. This hoppin’ taco joint also has vegan and vegetarian options for all you plant-based Detroiters out there. Just a hop, skip, and a salsa dance away from Fox Theatre and Grand Circus Park, fill up on these delicious selections, then head out for a night on the town.

Alley Taco had us at “all meals come with chips and salsa”. Enjoy a Bowl-Ritto, a Curry Cauliflower taco, or their veggie Roots taco in the heart of Midtown. You could easily order one of everything from Alley Taco’s mouth-watering menu (their elote is insane). But take it from us, the tacos here are delish. Fitt Tip: keep an eye on their Instagram, they occasionally offer specials like vegan tacos made with Impossible beef.

In the mood for tacos but want the full experience? Head over to Calexico near Campus Martius to chow on some goods. Each taco, like the Baja Fish, Chipotle Pork, and El Veggie, pack in unique flavors that will cure your cravings for Mexican food. Not feeling tacos? Choose from burrito bowls, enchiladas, rolled quesadillas, or fajitas! Round things out with some house made tortilla chips or Chile-Cilantro Fries — the options at Calexico are endless.

If you’re looking for more than just an average taco — head to Imperial. Order anything off their menu and you’ll see why we dig this place. Between their fish taco Mondays, weekly taco specials, and new vegetarian taco every month, anytime is a good time to head over to Imperial.

Make your way to Royal Oak for tasty tacos and great company at Detroit Taco Company. Trust us — this handheld haven will live up to your Taco Tuesday dreams. Here, you’ll find battered fish, crispy shrimp, and veggie tacos galore. We’ll take the extra guac and warm queso for the road.

What’s better than tacos and tequila? We’ll wait. Known for their Mexican-inspired meals, top-shelf tequila, and trendy atmosphere — Mesa is a must. Whether you’re just stopping in for a single taco or five, this neighborhood bar in Royal Oak has ya covered. Fitt Tip: Mesa is taking Taco Tuesday up a notch with an all you can eat offering ALL DAY for $13. If you need us, you know where we’ll be.

Serving up Mexican in the most savory way possible, Taqueria Lupitas knows what they’re doing when it comes to tacos. Known for their famous handhelds, this cantina is cash-only but worth the trip to the bank. And after all — Taqueria Lupitas is centered in Mexicantown, so it’s gotta be amazing. Enjoy authentic tacos with a healthyish twist from this low-key eatery and thank us later.

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