With several locations just outside of Detroit, Grand Azteca is serving Mexican dishes with their own touch. Josh and I visited the Madison Heights location this past Saturday. Our experience started off good, but didn’t end so great. See how they ranked on the Bite Tonight.
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites
Price: 2 out of 5 bites
Quality/Taste: 2.5 out of 5 bites
Service: 2 out of 5 bites
Wow Factor: 1 out of 5 bites
Of course, we started with queso dip.
Queso Fundido: Melted cheese topped with chorizo (Mexican Sausage). This queso dip was awesome! The combination of cheeses and sausage was delicious. Perfect balance of cheesy and salty.
Then we stirred in the chorizo and couldn’t control ourselves.
Josh went with Enchiladas Supremas: Supreme combination of four enchiladas: one chicken, one beef, one cheese and one bean. Topped with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. The enchilada sauce consisted of a bland red sauce that we didn’t care for. We also didn’t like that the plate came covered in lettuce , tomatoes, and sour cream. It took away from the actual enchiladas, which weren’t that great anyway. Tip: ask for the toppings on the side.
I went with the Chicken & Beef Fajita’s: Tender sliced beef and chicken with bell peppers, onions and tomatoes. Served with beans topped with cheese, sour cream, guacamole and three flour tortillas. The fajitas were better than the enchiladas, but I didn’t like that the veggies were sauteed with the meat. The meat was flavored really well, but you didn’t get thick cuts of meat like I’m used to. I also didn’t get sour cream and when I asked for it, our server brought out a huge dollop that looked like it measured 1/4 cup. A whole table of four wouldn’t even use that much!
Fajita sides: The beans were creamy and delicious!
The good thing about Grand Azteca is that our food came out quick, in about 4 minutes. I’ve never received an order that fast. After we got our food, however, our server didn’t come and check on us for a while. Josh also didn’t get his rice that came with his enchilada dinner. Grand Azteca does have pretty generous portion sizes which also means they waste a lot (unnecessary portions of sour cream and lettuce). They also serve a dip with the chips and salsa that taste like a store bought Zesty Italian Ranch dressing which wasn’t good. Our server also charged us $2 for the sour cream (which came included on the menu, but wasn’t brought out with my meal) and for extra flour tortillas. I guess when the menu said “served with three flour tortillas,” they really meant it. I don’t mind if a restaurant has to charge for items, but the server should communicate this to avoid surprises.
I think I jinxed us, because as we were walking up to the restaurant, I said to Josh “I’ve never been to a Mexican restaurant that wasn’t good.” Unfortunately for me, now I have and I wouldn’t go back to Grand Azteca. If you’re looking for Mexican food, skip Grand Azteca and head to Mexicantown. Regardless of the experience, we still had a good time.