Mexican food

Royal Oak: Qdoba

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Taco Salad: Tequila lime chicken, corn salasa, pico de gallo, guacamole, lettuce, black beans, cojita cheese, spicy queso, and sour cream. This is usually my go to because I can go crazy with all the toppings. Fresh, light, and delicious! Totally satisfying and I didn’t feel bad eating it because of all the veggies. The spicy queso packed the heat and I liked that could taste all the different peppers.

Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Qdoba is one of the few chain/fast food spots that I enjoy. I really like that you can load up on a ton of veggies and customize your order. They are constantly offering new and exciting menu items and switching things up. Check it out!

Steak Quesadilla: Loaded with sauteed red onions, green peppers, cheese. The steak was tender and flavorful. Salty, spicy, but not overwhelming. Perfect ratio of cheese, veggies, and protein. The green peppers still had a bite to them, but were slightly sauteed. I hate when veggies have been cooked to death that they are so limp and lifeless.

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Knockout Tacos

Gladiator: Grilled steak, bacon, pico de gallo, lettuce, Mexican caesar dressing, cilantro and cotija cheese. The bacon was salty and paired well with the tender steak. I really liked the Mexican Caesar dressing. It was creamy, tangy, with a little kick.

Two timer: Pulled pork, salsa roja, shredded cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo and cotija cheese in a crispy taco, wrapped in a flour tortilla spread with 3-cheese Queso. The queso acted as glue for the second tortilla. It had a “cheesy gordita crunch” vibe, but only better because it was queso! The pulled pork was juicy and the cojita cheese added a hint of salt. The veggies were fresh and balanced out the whole taco. The only thing I didn’t like was that halfway thru, the tortilla started to fall apart so I ended up fork and knifing it.

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My favorite thing about Qdoba is the selection of queso. At any given time, they offer around 3 different types of queso to choose from. The current promo is beer cheese queso and I can’t wait to try it! Each location offers different seasonal items, so be sure to check with your local Qdoba.

Shout out to Sonya at the Northville location. Thanks for the opportunity to try out so many delicious items!

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The Coronado

By far, my favorite spot on my Phoenix, Arizona adventure was the Coronado located in Midtown

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The Coronado is a vegan/vegetarian meets coffee shop/bakery meets craft cocktail fusion that I fell in love with. The menu has a lot of South of the Border influence which was fitting in AZ, only it’s done with such seamless uniqueness that it’s bound to make you forget how you previously enjoyed these classics. They also serve jackfruit which was my first introduction to the fruit coming from the fig and mulberry family. I didn’t order it this trip, but it was exploding all over Phoenix menu’s. It’s texture makes it the perfect meat substitute because it shreds similar to chicken or pork. How cool! See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4.5 out of 5 bites

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Lauren was in the mood for a nightcap

Tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, fresh muddled lime, jalapeno. Spicy! Major points for muddling and mixing up a craft cocktail just like that. Fresh ingredients really make any cocktail taste that much better. The salt/pepper rim added another layer of spice and flavor.

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Star of the show is the…. (drum roll please)

Cauliflower Tacos: 3 masa battered cauliflower tacos w/ guacamole, spinach, pepitas & creamy avocado dressing. These were the best tacos I have ever had! The cauliflower was tender, yet crispy, and so satisfying. I did not miss the meat whatsoever. The creamy avocado dressing was light, the pepitas added crunch and the spinach contributed freshness. These tacos were recommended and now I see why they are the best thing on the menu.

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Fried Guacamole: House made guacamole, breaded & fried, served with fresh made tortilla chips. I didn’t know you could fry guacamole, but you can and it is out of this world delicious. It was crispy , golden, yet still packed with that creamy, fresh guacamole we all love. The corn chips were fresh and still warm. It was topped with a creamy chipotle and avocado sauce which complimented the whole dish. My second favorite dish here!

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Street Corn: Roasted corn on the cob w/ vegan mayo, spices & cotija cheese. Smoky, salty, and sweet. This amped up normal corn on the cob and took it to a whole new level. This is my new way to eat corn.

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Goat Cheese and Jalapeno Marmalade Quesadilla: Sweet, spicy, and creamy. This quesadilla was more sweet than the savory quesadillas I am used to and I liked it. It was different in a good way. The only thing I would improve on was the heavy paprika sprinkled on top. This was a little too much for me, otherwise this was really tasty.

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A lot of the spots in Phoenix are old houses turned restaurants/bars. The Coronado is just like this and has so much character. The restaurant is divided into intimate rooms filled with art and natural wood floors. Now, I am not vegan by any means, but I do like to experience good for you food, and the Coronado is serving up the best. I felt great indulging in the delicious menu items without losing tons of flavor or having to minus off a bunch of toppings.

Shout out to my ladies, Jacki & Lauren for sharing this great experience with me ❤

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Camino Real

Located on Eureka Rd in Wyandotte, MI is Camino Real. This spot is actually where Ponderosa used to be and opened it’s doors about a year ago. Camino Real uses quality meats and produce and serves authentic Mexican cuisine. They offer food and drink specials. live music, and events. I’ve been meaning to try this restaurant for a while and it seemed perfect to meet Janet here for dinner. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4  out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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My pick:

There Flour Taco dinner: Al Pastor (marinated pork), Pollo Asado (grilled chicken) and Carne Asada (steak) topped with lettuce, tomato, and cheese served with rice and beans. The meats all had great flavor and were moist. I think my favorite was the al pastor. Slightly sweet and salty pork never disappoints. The rice was perfectly cooked and the beans were delicious. The only thing I didn’t like was that by the time I made it to my third taco, the tortilla was very soggy from all the juice.

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Janet’s Pick

Three Corn Taco dinner: Chorizo (Mexican Sausage), Pollo Asado (grilled chicken) and Carne Asada (steak) topped with cilantro and served with rice and beans. Janet’s taco dinner was a little more authentic than mine and verydelicious. The cilantro was fresh and brightened up the tacos. The chorizo was spicy without being super greasy.

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If you haven’t visited Camino Real yet, get in there. The portion sizes are generous (our tacos were filled to the brim with meat) and service was good. I do want to go back on a weekend when the live music plays.

Janet, let me know when you want to go back!

Camino Real Mexican Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Snooze

Today on the Bite Tonight: Snooze, Denver! The first stop on my Colorado adventures with two of my besties, Michelle and Amanda was to Snooze, an A.M. eatery. With a super friendly and eclectic vibe, Snooze is the place to be for breakfast and lunch. Now, I believe that a long wait just means great food. Snooze even had a 50 min wait on a Friday morning, but it was so worth it! We visited the Colorado Blvd location. See how they ranked. snooze menu Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 bites (never before have I given a perfect score)! Price: 4 out of 5 bites Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (eats and creativity) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We started with coffee and mimosa’s Look how cool that cup is, it has a place for your thumb to rest comfortably! ❤ coffee cup Mmmm Mmmm Mimosa: Snooze Sparkling, Orange Juice & Pama Pomegranate Liqueur. Super fresh with a nice balance of sweet and tart. Honestly, a little too dangerous because I ended up drinking two. Hey, at least I loaded up on vitamin C for the day. mimosa My pick Juan’s Breakfast Tacos: Three fresh corn or flour tortillas topped with scrambled eggs, shredded hash browns, jack cheese, green chile hollandaise & pico de gallo. I added turkey sausage and avocado. Now, it was incredibly difficult to choose, because everything on the menu looked so good. When in doubt, go with Mexican! There’s something about having your whole breakfast wrapped up on one vessel that just appeals to me. The creaminess of the avocado and cheese cooled down the spiciness of the green chile and pico. The turkey sausage was a lighter touch, but I think that I would’ve preferred either chorizo or beef barbacoa just to add a little more authenticity to the dish. breakfast tacos2 Amanda’s pick 3 Egg Omelet: Our farm fresh eggs with barbacoa, avocado, and cotija cheese served with hash browns and toast. When Amanda saw this on the menu, it brought her back to the food she grew up with. It was delicious and created the right touch of nostalgia. beef barbacoa omelet Michelle’s pick 3 Egg Omelet: Our farm fresh eggs with chorizo, spinach, roasted garlic, and goat cheese served with hash browns and toast. You haven’t lived until you’ve had huge chunks of roasted garlic in your omelet. The chorizo was salty and went well with the creamy, tangy goat cheese. The hash brown stack was delicious as well, lightly seasoned and crispy. The fresh fruit preserve was delicious and I appreciated the homemade effort that was added. chorizo omellet After all that, we were stuffed! We couldn’t leave without dessert, so we ordered a half order. OMG French Toast: Bread & Cie brioche stuffed with mascarpone then griddled and topped with vanilla crème, salted caramel, fresh strawberries and toasted coconut. O. M. G! I am not a huge sweet in the morning type of gal, but this was amazing! I also don’t like coconut, but I could definitely appreciate it in this french toast. There was this sweet, but light glaze soaked into the toast that was heavenly. The vanilla creme and mascarpone were creamy and really added a nice smooth and silky component to the dish. The fresh strawberries just tied everything else together. french toast2 If you haven’t had a chance to check out Snooze, get your butt in there! Although we had to wait, there was complimentary water and coffee stations as well as corn hole and other games set up to make the time fly by. With options such as Chile Verde Eggs Benedict, a Breakfast Pot Pie, and even a Reuben sammy served on a pretzel roll you are bound to have as much trouble choosing as I did. The good news is that you can choose a half order of any two benny’s and all portions are big enough to share. Snooze opened my eyes to brunch flavors and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Love you girls! ❤ Myself, Michelle, and Amanda. the girls better Snooze Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Zenith

Today on the Bite Tonight: The Zenith

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Located in the Fisher Building on W Grand Blvd. is The Zenith, a funky, retro, and quirky gem that I just had the pleasure of experiencing. For Mother’s Day, I took my dearest friend, Amanda out to brunch. With a one of a kind Southern-Mexican inspired menu that’s full of flavor and color, the Zenith’s decor is equally as vibrant. With goodies like Red Velvet Waffles, Pistachio Crepes, and omelettes filled with everything from rice and beans to candied mango bacon, the Zenith is sure to attract a serious crowd. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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Meximash: Scallion mashed potatoes topped with chorizo, two fried eggs, chipotle sour cream and black beans. The chorizo was salty and slightly spicy and mashed potatoes still had some texture. The chipotle sour cream was seriously spicy and had such a good flavor. The eggs were a little undercooked for my liking, but when the yolk broke it really pulled everything together. 

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Candied Mango Bacon and a side of Jalapeno Hollandaise: The bacon was the perfect marriage of sweet and salty, without being too overwhelming. The sugar from the mango really caramelized the bacon. When i saw the jalapeno hollandaise on the menu, I just had to try it so I ordered a side. The Jalapeno was subtle, but just enough to kiss you with spice. Thumbs up!

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The Zenith is just one of those places you have to try. With faux snake-skin covering the benches and a style that makes you think “upscale vintage garage sale,” it’s really quite the adventure. The dining room is filled with interesting pieces that can only be described as art. The service was good and the menu is one of the most unusual and creative I have come across. Whether it’s a theater performance or just a hungry tummy that brings you to the Zenith, I promise that it won’t be your last visit. You just don’t come across places like this everyday. Check em out!

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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.

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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.

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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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Dago Joe Italian Catering & Buffy's Mexi-casian Grill

Today on the Bite Tonight: Food trucks!

In my opinion, food truck’s are where it’s at. This past weekend was my work Summer party @ Campus Martius and I was thrilled because instead of buffet food, they offered food truck selections. When it comes to Dago Joe’s, they are doing delicious Italian favorites like no other. Buffy’s Mexi-casian Grill marries impressive Mexican and American cuisine. Check it out.

 Dago Joe’s Meatballs: Giant flavorful meatballs topped with spicy marinara. Dago Joe’s advertises the best meatballs around and I would agree. Both the meatballs and marinara were bursting with incredible flavor. You could really taste the love and passion in the food. Amazing!  Check out the meatball sandwich.

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Buffy’s Mexi-casian Grill’s Chicken Chimichanga: Deep fried tortilla stuffed with chicken and topped with lettuce tomato, guacamole cream sauce, and spicy sauce. First of all, I just want to point out that everyone was ordering these and they looked so good that it was turning heads and sparking interest. When I ordered mine, the taste was as up there as the presentation. Crispy, fresh, spicy, and cool. I’ve never had a chimichanga that tasted so good. It wasn’t greasy and the chicken was marinated and had such a good flavor.

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The party itself was entertaining, but of course, I  look forward to the food. If you are ever Downtown Detroit, stop by Campus Martius for lunch and visit the food truck scene. You won’t be disappointed.
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