Fajitas

Hard Rock Cafe, Detroit

Today on the Bite Tonight: Hard Rock Cafe.

Located in the heart of Downtown Detroit on Monroe St in the Compuware World Headquarters building, is Hard Rock Cafe. Hard Rock opened in 2003 and has been a favorite for locals and travelers ever since. After work last week, Inda and I decided to grab dinner. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites (a little pricey for bar food, but standard for Hard Rock Cafe)

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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I went with the Original Legendary Burger: Half pound Angus beef topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, golden fried onion ring, crisp lettuce and vine ripened tomato. The burger itself had good flavor, but was a little over cooked for my liking. I really liked the crispy onion ring which added some sweetness and crunch. And who doesn’t love Cheddar and bacon? Pretty solid burger which was served with crispy, delicious fries and some sort of spicy mayo for dipping and spreading which was very tasty.

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Inda went with the Chicken Fajitas: served with pico de gallo, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, fresh guacamole, sour cream and warm tortillas. Inda seemed to like it because she couldn’t put these down. Fresh veggies and grilled chicken served on screaming hot cast iron. Kudos for presentation.

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We went at about 6:15 on a weekday and there was no wait and service was decent. If you’re looking for some culture and a good meal, check out Hard Rock Cafe. They have an extensive menu including everything from burgers to steaks and salmon to twisted mac and cheese. Be sure to swing by the merch shop and pick up some memorabilia on your way out.

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TAQO Detroit

Today on the Bite Tonight: TAQO Detroit

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Located on W Adams across from Grand Circus Park in Downtown Detroit is TAQO Detroit. I was visiting Amanda and Zoe at their new apartment at the Kale’s and as we were walking to Olga’s, decided to stop in to TAQO Detroit instead. Yesterday was their soft opening. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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We started with an appetizer

Roasted Corn Calamari: Deep fried calamari tossed with roasted corn and jalapenos with a chipotle mayo. We opted out for the jalapenos. The mayo was thick, spicy, and delicious. The calamari was tender and the batter was light and spicy. The roasted corn made it hard to eat as a finger food, but all together this was a delicious appetizer.

roasted corn calimari

Steak Fajitas: Steak, onions, peppers, zucchini, and tomatoes. The meat was tender and the zucchini was a nice touch.

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Served with a side of rice and beans,cheese,  lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo, and guacamole.

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Presentation was great. Service was good, but a little too good. We were there for maybe an hour and at least 6 different employees other than our server came over to ask how everything was. I’m not sure if maybe it was because it was the first day they were opened, but it was a little annoying. The food was a little pricey, but was delicious and authentic. The dining room was colorful, inviting, and had a Mexican street look with exposed brick.  Stop in for a margarita and check em out.

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Zoe had a great time!

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Grand Azteca

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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

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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.

Before:

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Then we stirred in the chorizo and couldn’t control ourselves.

After:

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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.

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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!

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Fajita sides: The beans were creamy and delicious!

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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.

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Steak Fajita Recipe

Mexican food is a favorite in my kitchen and ever since my trip to 3 Hermanos I decided to make fajitas my style. Even though they don’t compare, they were still good.

What you’ll need:

– 1 Red bell pepper

– 1 Green bell pepper

– 1-2 Large Spanish onions (I love onion so I use 2)

– 1 lb. Skirt steak

– 1 8 oz can of enchilada sauce

– 1/4 cup of worcestershire sauce

– 1 packet of Taco or Fajita seasoning

– 1/4 cup water

– 2 tablespoons minced/chopped garlic

– 1/2 can of pineapple tidbits

Make:

1. Slice steak into strips, season with salt and pepper and brown

2. Add a couple tablespoons of worcestershire sauce and garlic powder to steak

3. Add water and fajita packet to steak, let simmer

4. Mix the rest of the worcestershire sauce, couple splashes of pineapple juice & enchilada sauce and add to steak

5. Slice veggies and garlic and add to steak along with pineapple.

6. Let simmer on low heat until steak is tender, I simmered for about two hours, but if you don’t have the time, heating until veggies are fork tender (about 20 min) should be fine. The longer you let the flavors marry, the better the dish will taste.

7. Garnish with green onion, jalapenos, olives, or whatever toppings you want.

Tip: If you don’t have enchilada sauce on hand, mix tomato sauce with taco seasoning, cumin, or whatever other Mexican spices you have on hand.

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I like my fajitas saucy, but you can add less of the enchilada sauce if you like. I’ve also grilled steak and veggies on a grill pan and it turned out delicious too. This was the first time I added the pineapple and I really liked it. It added sweetness to the spicy sauce. The steak was tender and juicy and was really flavorful from simmering for so long. This recipe is good if you have things to do around the house while you cook dinner. Just slice, add, and let simmer. You could also make this in the crock pot. Bon Appetit!

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3 Hermano's

Last night, I hung out with Amanda and we ate dinner @ 3 Hermano’s Restaurant in Rockwood, MI. I’ve featured them before, but their steak fajitas are soooo good that I had to create a write up just for them.

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Strips of steak are served on a bed of sauteed peppers and onions. The steak is melt in your mouth juicy, tender, and the delicious sauce that is poured on top right at the table so the whole dish sizzles. They’re served with shredded cheese, onions, guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, and rice and beans. The portion is huge and I always split it with Amanda and take leftovers home. These are the best fajitas I’ve ever had. Stop in and try em for yourself.

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