Contributed by Sarah Carlson, Savor Southwest
El Asador is not your typical Mexican restaurant. Yes, they have the usual suspects – tacos, enchiladas, flautas, and quesadillas – but it’s what they put inside, as well as the rest of their menu, that sets them apart. While having dinner there with a friend recently, we started with queso fundido – melted cheese with tomatoes, onions, poblano peppers, and chorizo. This appetizer is great for sharing, and is the perfect balance of chorizo and cheese, served with thick tortilla chips for dipping.
For dinner, we ordered a scallop taco, lobster taco, tortilla soup, and mejillones con tres chiles (sautéed mussels and chorizo, with garlic, onion, guajillo, ancho, and chipotle broth). Being from California, my friend is often skeptical of Midwest seafood, but this meal made her a believer. The scallop taco comes with sautéed swiss chard, onions, and their chipotle tomatillo sauce, while the lobster taco was overflowing with fresh bites of lobster, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, and roasted tomatillo sauce in a hard flour shell that tasted homemade.
The tortilla soup was served with chunks of fresh avocado, a touch of sour cream and cheese, and crispy tortilla strips. The soup had a full, creamy tomato flavor and a kick of spice, without being overpowering. Forget tomato soup. On a cold day, this is now my go-to.
Even before the mejillones con tres chiles arrived at our table, we could smell them cooking in the kitchen. If you love garlic, you’ll love the mussels. Still in the shell, they arrive at the table beautifully arranged in a bowl, sitting in a rich broth of chilies, garlic, and onion. There’s no graceful way to eat mussels, so just dig in!
For dessert we ate a strawberry cheesecake chimichanga. It’s not on the menu, but is definitely something you should save room for. The dessert is a flour tortilla filled with cheesecake, rolled up and fried like a chimichanga, then drizzled with strawberries and a side of whipped cream. This decadent finish exemplifies the entire meal at El Asador – fresh ingredients thoughtfully combined to create a delicious and memorable meal. If you’re looking for a unique Mexican food experience, visit El Asador.
El Asador | After more than 2 decades as head chef at two well-known, Detroit-area fine dining restaurants, Luis Garza, and his family, decided to bring their skills and passion for fine dining back to their very own neighborhood. El Asador looks forward to developing outdoor eating space (including an outdoor brick grill) in time for summer. Open for dine-in or carry-out | Sun. – Thur., 10AM-10PM | Fri. – Sat., 10AM-11PM | 313-297-2360 | 1312 Springwells, Detroit, MI, 48209