Lincoln Park Mexican Restaurants

El Paso Mexican Restaurant

Today on the Bite Tonight: El Paso

It’s no secret that I love Mexican food. So, last night for dinner, Ma and I decided to grab a carryout at a local place. Since I’ve never been to El Paso, I wanted to try it out. El Paso offers the standard Mexican favorites and drinks including horchata  (a milky drink made from ground almonds, tiger nuts, or rice).  See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 2.5 out of 5 bites (little outdated)

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 2 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites (salsa bar for dine in guests)

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Beef Enchilada Dinner: Rolled corn tortillas filled with beef  and topped with cheese and sauce.  We actually ordered two beef and one cheese enchilada, but we received all beef. Pretty decent, not as good as Mexican Village or Taco Especial. The enchiladas were a little sloppy, but I blame that on running to the car in order to beat the downpour. I wasn’t a fan of the rice (too plain), but the beans were delicious.

beef enchilada dinner el paso

Chicken and Beef Tacos: El Paso fried the flour tortilla just the way we like it to make it crispy, but by the time we got home, the shell was soggy. The chicken was seasoned well and the tacos were pretty big. The beef could’ve used a little more spice.

chicken tacos el paso

El Paso gets kudos for price and portion, but the food just wasn’t what I’d hoped for. It didn’t satisfy my craving for authentic Mexican and I probably wouldn’t go back. I always thought that Mexican food is a little like cereal with everyone having their own preference and favorite. On the other hand, service was good and they offer a salsa bar if you dine in which I loved. Stop in and check em out!

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Panchos Mexican Restaurant

Today on the Bite Tonight: Panchos

Located on Dix Rd. in Lincoln Park, MI, Panchos is serving up some pretty killer Mexican food. When it comes to Mexican, I know what I like and it’s hard to find that Downriver. Every restaurant has their own style and spin on their cuisine, but my family has come to enjoy Panchos. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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Taco Dinner:  2 beef and 1 chicken with side of rice and beans. Ma and I love Panchos because they will fry the flour tortillas for us making them crispy. The meat has good flavor, Muenster cheese is my favorite, and the rice and beans are delicious and authentic.

taco dinner

Irony got the best of us because Ma suggested going to Panchos even though they were a few miles further from our house than Taco Especial. Ma wanted to go there because on a Saturday night, she never has to wait and their prices are more reasonable than other local Mexican restaurants. We ended up having to wait about 20 min for a walk-in carry out order. Which isn’t too bad, and for the wait they even threw in an extra taco. Unfortunately, they gave us all beef tacos instead of one chicken taco. I think this was the first time our order was ever compromised and can be forgiven because they were so busy and we scored an extra taco out of it. If you haven’t experienced Panchos, check em out!
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Taco Night

For Ma’s birthday I made taco’s with all the fixins.

I started with fresh guacamole.

Guacamole

I bought avocado’s & limes from a local Mexican store located on Fort St in Lincoln Park: Abarrotes Sin Limite & Taqueria. Whenever I buy avocados from Kroger or Meijer they either aren’t ripe or they are rotten. When I buy them @ this local grocery store they are perfectly ripe and less expensive. I bought 3 avocado’s, 2 limes, and one package of small tortillas and my total came to $4.65. That’s so cheap! 

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Combine 2 avocados, 1/4 small diced onion, 1 clove of garlic, juice of 1 lime, salt, pepper, and red pepper seasoning for a little heat.

I left out tomato, but add it if you like.

Tip: Place the pit of the avocado in the guacamole to prevent it from turning brown in the fridge. Lime juice also works.

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Taco Meat

Next, I browned up 1 lb of ground turkey and drained the grease.

Saute with onions and peppers and season with cumin salt, and pepper.

I added one package of taco seasoning and 1 small can of tomato sauce. I like using tomato sauce versus just water because it creates a thicker sauce.

Let simmer on low heat to marry all the flavors together for 20 min.

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Fried Corn Relish

While the meat is simmering, I saute onions and peppers in olive oil and butter.

Add corn and saute on medium-high heat until corn gets browned.

Butter is great for browning and you may need to add another tablespoons to help the corn along.

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Since I have issues when it comes to making rice, I cheated and went to Taco Especial located on Southfield Rd in Ecorse, and bought authentic Spanish rice and refried beans. This is a local Mexican restaurant that I have been going to ever since I was little and it’s pretty tasty.

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Toppings

I thinly sliced carrots, yellow bell peppers, and green onions.

I chopped romaine mix with purple cabbage & spinach.

Top with your favorite cheese, sour cream, guacamole, veggies, and corn relish.

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I fried flour tortillas in olive oil to give them a slight crispy crunch.

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Our taco dinner turned out great and Ma was very impressed with the meal. Tacos are also great for any meal including game day!!

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