Thrillist lists the supposedly best taco restaurant for every state. In Michigan, the nod goes to Los Altos at 7056 W. Vernor Hwy. in Southwest Detroit.
Local journalist Serena Maria Daniels, a chingona who knows more than a bit about this style of cuisine and is dubbed a “local food clairvoyant” by Detour Detroit, writes:
A good chunk of the Great Lakes State’s Mexican diaspora hails from the highlands of Jalisco, and thus when you’re cruising down Detroit’s Vernor Highway — home to Michigan’s largest Mexican population — you’re bound to come across a number of Jalisciense eateries that specialize in birria.
The Mexican state’s official dish, birria is a spicy meat stew, usually prepared with goat (chivo en espanol). While everyone has their favorite spot for birria, we’ll argue that the tacos de birria from Los Altos is among the strongest contenders.
Los Altos is the big sister to Taqueria Lupita’s, which is widely credited with introducing Detroiters to the traditional taqueria. But whereas Lupita’s is favored by the grab-and-go lunch crowd, Los Altos is the spot where you can stretch your legs a bit, sip on a margarita or cerveza, and chow down on a plate of exquisitely marinated tacos de birria.