41 excellent restaurants in Southwest Detroit

Southwest Detroit is known for its outstanding Mexican fare, but there's actually a lot of range in this lively Detroit neighborhood. From deeply flavorful Puerto Rican mofongo to greasy spoon sliders to all the best tacos, here are some of the top restaurants Southwest offers.

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Taqueria El Rey 
4730 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-357-3094; taqueria-elrey.com
El Rey (The King) is arguably such. The key here is the marriage of succulent meat; the charcoal and smoke; and the compelling 10-spice adobo blend.
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Taqueria El Rey
4730 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-357-3094; taqueria-elrey.com
El Rey (The King) is arguably such. The key here is the marriage of succulent meat; the charcoal and smoke; and the compelling 10-spice adobo blend.
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Taquaria Mi Pueblo
7278 Dix St., Detroit; 313-841-3315; mipueblorestaurant.com
Southwest Detroit’s Mi Pueblo long ago established itself as one of the town’s go to spots for Mexican fare. Their guajillo spiced tortilla soup is a must taste. 
Photo via Instagram, @thefoodiedentist
Taquaria Mi Pueblo
7278 Dix St., Detroit; 313-841-3315; mipueblorestaurant.com
Southwest Detroit’s Mi Pueblo long ago established itself as one of the town’s go to spots for Mexican fare. Their guajillo spiced tortilla soup is a must taste.
Photo via Instagram, @thefoodiedentist
Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno
3149 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-899-4155
The pupusa — the Salvadoran national dish and excellent street food — is the reason folks stop at this unassuming former auto shop. It consists of rice flour dough discs filled with chopped pork, cheese, beans, zucchini, or other vegetables. Also try the plantains.
Photo via Instagram, @mightyinthemitten
Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno
3149 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-899-4155
The pupusa — the Salvadoran national dish and excellent street food — is the reason folks stop at this unassuming former auto shop. It consists of rice flour dough discs filled with chopped pork, cheese, beans, zucchini, or other vegetables. Also try the plantains.
Photo via Instagram, @mightyinthemitten
Pollos Los Gallos
7170 Dix St., Detroit; 313-758-9757
Los Gallos’ birds are some of Southwest’s smokiest, and it’s easy to see why when approaching the humble building that sits across from a shipping yard on Dix. Owner Ricardo Hernandez slow-cooks his chicken on an outdoor, open air grilling porch holding several huge grills. 
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Pollos Los Gallos
7170 Dix St., Detroit; 313-758-9757
Los Gallos’ birds are some of Southwest’s smokiest, and it’s easy to see why when approaching the humble building that sits across from a shipping yard on Dix. Owner Ricardo Hernandez slow-cooks his chicken on an outdoor, open air grilling porch holding several huge grills.
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Antojitos El Catracho
4627 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-209-4815;  antojitoselcatracho.us
Honduran food is one of the world's most underrated cuisines. This is where to find it in Southwest. 
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Antojitos El Catracho
4627 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-209-4815; antojitoselcatracho.us
Honduran food is one of the world's most underrated cuisines. This is where to find it in Southwest.
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El Barzon
3710 Junction St., Detroit; 313-894-2070; elbarzonrestaurant.com 
This high-end fusion eatery mixes Mexican and Italian fare. So, mole poblano and flan coexist happily with saltimbocca and tiramisu.
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El Barzon
3710 Junction St., Detroit; 313-894-2070; elbarzonrestaurant.com
This high-end fusion eatery mixes Mexican and Italian fare. So, mole poblano and flan coexist happily with saltimbocca and tiramisu.
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Flowers of Vietnam
4430 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-554-2085; flowersofvietnam.com
Tucked inside the former Vernor Coney Island, this Vietnamese eatery's dishes are garnering national attention.
Photo via flowersofvietnam.com
Flowers of Vietnam
4430 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-554-2085; flowersofvietnam.com
Tucked inside the former Vernor Coney Island, this Vietnamese eatery's dishes are garnering national attention.
Photo via flowersofvietnam.com
El Caribeno
8065 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-728-6764M
El Caribeño offers up a taste of authentic Puerto Rican fare that's a rare treat in Detroit. 
Photo via Instagram, @slickeats
El Caribeno
8065 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-728-6764M
El Caribeño offers up a taste of authentic Puerto Rican fare that's a rare treat in Detroit.
Photo via Instagram, @slickeats
Xochimilco
2409 Bagley St., Detroit; 313-843-0179
Look to this go-to Mexican restaurant that serves affordable burritos and other standards until late in the evening.
Photo via Instagram, @ayyjennay
Xochimilco
2409 Bagley St., Detroit; 313-843-0179 Look to this go-to Mexican restaurant that serves affordable burritos and other standards until late in the evening.
Photo via Instagram, @ayyjennay
El Asador
1312 Springwells St., Detroit; 313-297-2360; elasadordetroit.com
A sophisticated steak and seafood joint with fancy sauces. Diners can choose rib-eye, New York cut, aged sirloin, squid, scallops or mussels, none of which is common in the neighborhood. Lobster quesadillas, anyone? 
Photo by Rob Widdis.
El Asador
1312 Springwells St., Detroit; 313-297-2360; elasadordetroit.com
A sophisticated steak and seafood joint with fancy sauces. Diners can choose rib-eye, New York cut, aged sirloin, squid, scallops or mussels, none of which is common in the neighborhood. Lobster quesadillas, anyone?
Photo by Rob Widdis.