Taqueria Lupita’s in Mexicantown – Detroit, Michigan

Taqueria Lupita’s in Mexicantown – Detroit, Michigan

Taqueria LupitasThey 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 Lupitas Carne Asada DinnerLupitas Tacos el Pastorauthenticity 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.

Lupitas Pico de GalloLupitas Medium SalsaTraditional 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

Lupitas Chips and Salsas

Dale Carlson

Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.