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Mexican Restaurants – Metro Detroit and Oakland County, Michigan

Posted by Lisa LaGrou March 11, 2014 Oakland County, Restaurants

Listing, reviews and pics of Mexican restaurants in Oakland County and Metro Detroit, Michigan.

I try to bounce around all of Oakland County to try new restaurants. Hitting all the great places to eat in Oakland County is a slow process. I usually scout for coupons, take referrals and try to visit different areas of Oakland County to seek culinary goodness.

I must be a huge fan of Mexican food, because I noticed that I had reviewed so many of them.

Maybe this is strange for me because I used to be a “Mexican Village only” girl. Why bother with other places when you have a sure-lock standby for excellent Mexican food? But, once I started venturing away from Mexican Village, I liked what I tasted at the Mexican Restaurants I’ve tried in the rest of Oakland County and SE Michigan.

We’re lucky to have so many great Mexican restaurants in Oakland County and SE Michigan. My reviews are subjective and my sincerest recommendation is that you “try ‘em all”. To sum it all up, I put together a list of restaurant reviews for several different local Mexican restaurants.

Here are some of the Oakland County, Michigan and Metro Detroit Mexican restaurants I’ve tried since I started OCM. This Mexican Restaurant list is by no means complete. You can click on each listed for full reviews and some photo galleries. I know a few off hand I’ve heard about and I haven’t had yet. At the rate I’m going, I should have ‘em all covered soon enough! In the meantime, please contact me or comment if you know any I should try/review that aren’t on this list. Ole!

El CharroTroy El Charro Mexican Restaurant is a huge eastside hit. With locations in Fraser, Macomb and St. Clair Shores, it is a widely popular establishment. Now, El Charro has a location right here in Oakland County.

El PatioWaterford, Farmington Hills, Livonia El Patio Mexican Restaurant in Waterford, Michigan has by far the fastest service ever at a sit-down Mexican restaurant. I was surprised I could get made-to-order Mexican food for cheaper than I could get at Q-Doba and faster than I could get at McDonalds!

Rojo Mexican BistroRochester, Novi This is not your midnight trip to Taco Bell. Rojo Mexican Bistro in Downtown Rochester is where you go when you want upscale Mexican cuisine. This is high-end Mexican food with an extensive menu.

Sagebrush CantinaLake Orion, Fenton A hotspot in downtown Lake Orion, Sagebrush Cantina is a Mexican restaurant with a fun atmosphere. The interior and exterior are festive and colorful.

Miguel’s CantinaRochester Hills The background of experience for the Miguels Cantina owners is a great mix: the previous owners of Baja Fresh and native Mexicans who used to work at Senor Frogs in Mexico. The strategy to bring authentic Mexican cuisine to Rochester Hills was well-planned.

Mexican VillageShelby Twp, Detroit Date friendly, carryout friendly, family friendly – Mexican Village is a longstanding Mexican restaurant with two locations (Detroit and Shelby Township).

ChipotleSouthfield, Rochester Hills, Troy, Sterling Heights, Royal Oak, Southfield, West Bloomfield It has fresh Mexican food for a reasonable price. Reminds me kind of remind me of a Mexican food version of Subway.

SalsaritasTroy, Allen Park, Brighton, Detroit, Macomb,  Salsaritas is yet another entry in the mexican-grill style restaurant in Oakland County that is already occupied by QDoba, Baja Fresh and Chipolte Grille.

Los Locos Cantina - Rochester Hills Los Locos is one of the newest Mexican restaurants to pop up in Oakland County. When compared to the other Mexican restaurants I’ve reviewed, this one seems to have a bit more of a Mexican fiesta flare to it and a big bar presence.

Azteca’s Mexican Restaurant - Shelby Township Azteca’s Mexican Restaurant in Shelby Township, Michigan serves affordable Mexican food in relaxed atmosphere. Azteca’s is a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant that seats 80 people. The food is good and the staff provides great customer service.

Grand Azteca Mexican Restaurant – Troy, Fraser, Madison Heights, Sterling Heights and Warren Grand Azteca has reasonable, family-friendly prices. The kids menu has several selections for $4.99 each. Let’s face it, we all know that food prices are going up and taking the family out to eat can be expensive. Grand Azteca is still one of the few places around that is truly affordable for the whole family. Click here for a full review and photo gallery of Grand Azteca in Troy, MI.

La Botana Mexican Food Restaurant – Troy. La Botana Mexican Food is a carry out Mexican restaurant in Troy, Michigan. Their slogan is “Best Mexican Food in Town!” And, they don’t disappoint. La Botana Mexican Food is an “order at the counter” style Mexican restaurant. VERY authentic Mexican food! There is seating inside if you want to dine in, or you can take the food out. Click here for a full review of La Botana Mexican Food in Troy, MI.

Casa Real Mexican Restaurant – Oxford, Flint. Casa Real serves authentic Mexican food and cuisine in a family friendly setting with an affordable menu and great prices. Casa Real in Oxford hosts Latin Night and Karaoke events on a regular basis. I’m looking forward to joining in on some free salsa lessons on Latin night, a fun-filled evening that happens every Saturday night on Casa Real dance floor. Click here for a full review and photo gallery of Casa Real Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Oxford, MI.

Mi Zarape Mexican Restaurant – Pontiac, Southfield. Very similar to Grand Azteca in terms of pricing and even decor. I compared Grand Azteca’s and Mi Zarape’s menus side by side. They have many of the exact same offerings. Affordable Mexican cuisine, but a bit generic. Full review of Mi Zarape.

Esplendido Mexican Cuisine – Shelby Township. Big on taste and affordability but comes up short in terms of atmosphere. Great family-style eating and large portions. They serve a mean pizza too! Full review of Esplendido.

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