Taqueria Lupita’s in Mexicantown – Detroit, Michigan
They call themselves “The House of the Original Mexican Taco”, and they aren’t foolin’. We’ll now be counting Taqueria Lupita’s at 3443 Bagley amongst our favorite restaurants in Detroit’s Mexicantown.
The prominently posted “Cash Only” signs throughout the restaurant were our first indication of the level of authenticity we’d be dealing with. Three distinct signature salsas and pico de gallo delivered promptly with our still warm tortilla chips were the second through fifth. They ran the gamut of consistency, from pureed to chunky, but their spectrum of heat topped out at ‘medium’. Though we would’ve hoped for at least one salsa to bite back angrily, none were short on flavor. I Love Detroit Michigan recommends our readers mix the chunky pico de gallo with the medium spicy brown salsa pictured in our album for the best of both worlds.
Traditional style double corn tortilla carne asada tacos with finely chopped onions, cilantro and grated queso fresco proved to be the house specialty as far as we’re concerned. We didn’t bother to taste much else, as one of our guiding philosophies when it comes to Mexican food is: “If they can’t get tacos right, nothin’ else is worth tryin’”. They got it right people, with attentive service and dirt cheap prices to boot. And just for the record, the menu also includes a butt-load of other traditional specialties including Tacos al Pastor, Tostadas de Civiche, Frijoles Charros, Menudo and Nopales Rancheros.
Our party of two managed to keep it under $15, which, in our opinion, is a total steal for chips & salsa, two full meals and one horchata. Nearby street parking was a breeze, but we doubt that’d be the case on a Friday or Saturday night. Cerveza, tequila and margarita service, and an on-line presence are the only things missing here, but check out 80+ mostly good to great reviews on Yelp that back up our high opinion of the place. Lupita’s is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm, but it’s probably worth noting that we’ve dropped by at a few times during their posted hours of operation to find their doors locked for no obvious reason. ~I♥DM