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July 30th, 2004
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Since that last post worked so well..
What would people recommend for Mexican around here?

I kow about the burrito place down on South U (Pancheros) and Sabor Latino. Has anyone tried their taqueria on State street?

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From:scottij
Date:July 30th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
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The taqueria on State St. closed in March, sadly. The service was pretty bad, anyway, though the food was ok.

If you're willing to go to Ypsilanti, La Fiesta is good and authentic. They're on Washtenaw near the water tower. (They're on the westbound side after it splits, so you have to go past the tower, turn left in one of the neighborhood streets, and cut through to the westbound side.)

Other than that, there isn't really much in the way of good Mexican in AA that I've been able to find.
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From:aimeejmc
Date:July 30th, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)
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Ditto on the La Fiesta. Muy bien!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 30th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
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Sabor Latino on Main is decent, but limited.

La Fiesta Mexicana is good.

So is Taqueria Jalisco, which is two doors down from La Fiesta. The surprising thing about them is that, on weekends, you can get handmade corn tortillas, made fresh (a woman comes in to make their gorditas right out there in the restaurant and she'll do tortillas if you ask). If you've never had them, it's worlds apart from any tortilla you've ever eaten. Call first to make sure she'll be there, though.

Basically, though, we aren't a mecca for Mexican food. For that, you'd want something like El Comal in Mexicantown.

(Joe again, who lived in Mexico City for a couple months)
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From:the_leewit
Date:July 30th, 2004 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Hey... apropos of nothing...

Until I am able to figure out this computer $%#*, I think I'm deleting my journal until about next Sunday. Please spread the word to any who might be concerned...
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From:bjorng
Date:July 31st, 2004 07:36 am (UTC)
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Aside from the two great places on Cross street mentioned earlier, there's not much in the way of Mex food places in the area. I'm fond of Prickly Pear downtown on Main, though it's pretty pricey and more a nouvelle-mex than standard fare.

Aut Bar used to have good, relatively authentic mexican food on their menu, but the selection was pretty limited and it's been a while since I tried it. Therea are a few other places around that have good mexican food on their menu, but don't specialize. None spring immediately to mind.

Bandito's on fourth is rather ordinary, but good quality. They call their menu "cal-mex". As I recall, they also have a liquor license, which the good places (La Fiesta, Panchero's, Sabor Latino, Taqueria Jalisco) lack.

A more specialized "place" is Pilar's, which (as far as I know) only sells tamales. But *really* good ones. They may or may not have a proper storefront; as I understand it, they mostly do catering. Sometimes they have a tamal-cart at Liberty Plaza durning the summer.

I was fond of Don Carlos, especially back when they did seafood, but both their locations are closed now.

There's supposed to be a new place down in the Hill/State/Packard triangle, but I didn't get a chance to try it out before I left. The ads claimed it is the best thing since The Burro, which was a long-time favorite of mine.

That's about all I can come up with. I agree that Mexicantown is the way to go if you really want Mexican food.

On a side-note, there's a Brazilian "grocery" in the little shopping center on Main down by the Neutral Zone. As I recall, they have an interesting lunch buffet.
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From:netmouse
Date:August 3rd, 2004 06:20 pm (UTC)
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There's supposed to be a new place down in the Hill/State/Packard
triangle, but I didn't get a chance to try it out before I left.


And remind me, where are you now?

We just went for a walk to return a video and in the plaza on Stadium by Hungry Howie's they are putting in a new taqueria. we're hoping it will be good.
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From:bjorng
Date:August 4th, 2004 04:12 am (UTC)
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I'm in Atlanta (well, just south of it). Moved down on the 16th of July. I keep forgetting to change my lj user page.

I forgot that there's a newish chain mexican place over on Ann Arbor-Saline in the shopping center by the construction (where Bush's is).
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From:netmouse
Date:August 4th, 2004 05:01 am (UTC)
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I'm in Atlanta (well, just south of it). Moved down on the 16th of July. I keep forgetting to change my lj user page.

Ah. I knew you'd left, but had missed where. When we drove past there on our road trip, we stopped in Murphy, North Carolina, wihch is a short ways north of Atlanta. We asked them what they would go see if they were going to stop in Atlanta in the morning. They said they wouldn't stop, that they would push to be south of it (we were going on south to jacksonville from there) and skip it entirely. So we did. I hope you find more to recommend.

If you need a break, go North to Murphy and have dinner at Shoebooties cafe. It's a lovely place with great food.


I forgot that there's a newish chain mexican place over on Ann Arbor-Saline in the shopping center by the construction (where Bush's is).


nod. we've eaten there. It wasn't that exciting, but it was fine.
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From:bjorng
Date:July 31st, 2004 07:39 am (UTC)

totally offtopic

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While I'm on the topic of off-topic food ;) you should check out Khana Khazana on north Main (next to Sabor Latino). It's a little Indian place in a former coney's location. I expect that it will either close or become much more expensive sometime soon. I ate there about three weeks ago, and their Tandoori fish (!) was to die for, as well as many other good selections.
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