Contributed by Sarah Carlson, Savor Southwest
Taqueria Camino Real
Taqueria Camino Real has been operating in the community for over five years. On the corner of Central and Lafayette Streets, the outdoor patio provides ample room to enjoy a meal outside. Inside, the restaurant’s brightly colored décor and plants provide for an enjoyable dining experience. For large events, they offer a private seating area which is available for reservation and seats up to 80 guests.
The extensive menu offers selections for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Served until 2 pm, the breakfast menu offers popular egg dishes including huevos rancheros and chilaquiles. Other menu specialties include Carne a la Parilla, which is a sampler plate that includes steak or chicken, Mexican sausage, cactus, salad, peppers, rice, beans, and a quesadilla and comes in three sizes to satisfy even the largest of appetites. Taqueria Camino Real also offers more traditional favorites as well as freshly squeezed carrot and orange juice to accompany your meal. For dessert, try a postre del dia, made fresh daily.
During our meal, the delicious food was accompanied by excellent service. We were greeted with a smile and fresh chips and salsa to snack on while we looked over the menu. I tried the chicken, chorizo and grilled steak “a la plancha” tacos. They were seasoned and cooked to perfection, each with its own distinctive and delicious flavor. The enchiladas lunch included two enchiladas (your choice of chicken or cheese), served with rice and beans. For just $4.99, it made for a tasty and filling lunch.
As the weather warms up, Taqueria Camino Real is a great place to sit outside and enjoy a pleasant atmosphere, great service, and delicious food.
Open Monday – Thursday 9AM – 10PM; Friday – Sunday 9AM – 11PM | 313-297-8804 | 1100 Central Ave | Cash, Debit, Credit
Located on Vernor between Central and Honorah Streets, Taqueria Nuestra Familia offers an extensive menu, friendly service, and ample indoor and outdoor seating. Inside, the restaurant’s décor features brightly colored carved chairs with cheery and festive designs. The restaurant’s three large rooms ensure that the welcoming staff can accommodate any size party. For an outdoor dining experience, Nuestra Familia now offers a seating area with large tables, as well as two-person high top tables. Still under development, the vibrant paintings and hanging floral baskets along with upbeat music already make this spacean excellent summer destination. As an added bonus, the outdoor area is covered, so there’s no need to worry about rain disturbing your dining experience.
Nuestra Familia’s menu offers a wide variety of delicious options. There are breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials, as well as favorites like tacos, gorditas, and tortas available ala carte. They also feature an extensive selection of seafood as well as caldos—large bowls of soup with seafood or meat. Upon being seated, I was served fresh tortilla chips and three salsas— mild, medium, and a refreshing avocado dip. In addition to the salsas, I started my meal with an order of guacamole, which was extremely fresh and delicious. Nuestra Familia offers an extensive selection of tacos including chicken, steak, carnitas (fried pork), chorizo, lengua (beef tongue) and cabeza (beef head) to name a few. I tried the chorizo and the carnitas, both of which were served on homemade corn tortillas with onions and cilantro.
Nuestra Familia also has some great vegetarian options! I had a gordita de rellenos, which is a fried corn pocket that’s crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, stuffed with cheese, poblano peppers, and spices. It was a unique and delicious departure from a traditional taco. Another meatless option at Nuestra Familia is the tostada de frijoles, which is a flat, fried tortilla topped with refried beans, lettuce, tomato, and fresh avocado. For those craving seafood, I recommend the coctel de camaron. It’s a delicious variation on the traditional shrimp cocktail that includes tomatoes, onions, shrimp, avocado, and cilantro in a cold broth. When I ordered it, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised with its delicious explosion of flavors.
Throughout the meal, the wait staff was prompt, friendly, and attentive. The food was delicious, and the prices were perfect for a quick and affordable lunch. Between the friendly atmosphere, welcoming indoor and outdoor seating areas and wide menu selection, Taqueria Nuestra Familia is a perfect place to enjoy great food and great weather this summer.
Open Monday –Thursday 8AM – 11PM; Friday – Sunday 8am – 12am | 313-842-5668 | 7620 W. Vernor Hwy. | Cash, Debit, Credit
Honorable mention to J & J Coney Island, a local favorite since 1983. J & J's small but mighty outdoor seating section was recently featured in the Savor Spotlight on breakfast, found here.
Open Monday – Friday 7AM – 7PM, Saturday 7AM – 5:30PM, Sunday Closed | 313-841-5250 | 7220 W. Vernor Hwy. | CASH ONLY