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Monterrey Cantina – Royal Oak – Mexican

Monterrey Cantina

Mexican food is one of those cuisines that you can eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. At least for me it is. Nachos with beans, jalapenos and cheese, bean burritos, fresh salsa to snack on, there is something for everyone.

Our favorite place outside of mexican town in Detroit is Monterrey Cantina in Royal Oak. Now, its a bit Americanized, but still really good. Its nothing like On the Border (which to me has nothing to do with Mexican food), but its not fully authentic either.

In the summer, the patio is always bumping with a long wait, and its located in the middle of main street, so its prime location.
Monterrey Cantina

We hang out in Royal Oak alot, and have ate here sooo many times.
Monterrey Cantina

The decor is rustic and playful with big peppers everywhere.
Monterrey Cantina

I had my usual. Refried bean burritos with rice and beans ($12). Yummy! Perfect ratio of beans to sauce and cheese.Monterrey Cantina
Monterrey Cantina

Hubby had the veggie quesadilla ($10), which is huge btw.
Monterrey Cantina

Lots of cheese, zucchini and peppers. Very fresh and simple.
Monterrey Cantina
Monterrey Cantina

If you are ever in the area past 10pm on Friday and Saturday night check it out since everything is 1/2 off. It also seems to be the place most club goers come eat before hitting places like Black Finn and Mr.B’s. Again, its not authentic mexican food, but its pretty good simple food for what it is.
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La Gloria Bakery – Detroit Mexican Town

La Gloria Bakery

After our dinner at Los Galanes, we walked across the street to La Gloria Bakery. It’s the perfect way to end any dinner in Mexican Town.
La Gloria Bakery

It’s a quaint little shop with freshly made Mexican and Italian pastries that are displayed in wood and glass cabinetry. It has a HUGE selection (as you will see from the gazillion photos I took), and the prices are unbelievable. If you walk in with $2, you can usually walk out with at least 3 desserts!

Do you remember my disdain with this place? You will find none of that here!
La Gloria Bakery

I don’t really know the names of everything below, I’ll let the photos speak for them selves
La Gloria Bakery

My hubby loves the coconutty strawberry cake thingies below. And guess what? It’s on fifty cents a piece, and its huge! Yeh, I said 50 cents. You can’t even buy a stick of gum for 0.50 dollars, let alone a yummy coconuty thingie. Actually you could buy a stick of gum. But only one stick.

La Gloria Bakery

More yumminess…
La Gloria Bakery
La Gloria Bakery
La Gloria Bakery

I have no idea what there are, but the cracked outside is so intriguing.
La Gloria Bakery

La Gloria Bakery

La Gloria Bakery
La Gloria Bakery

La Gloria Bakery

And they have pink hearts.
La Gloria Bakery
La Gloria Bakery
La Gloria Bakery
La Gloria Bakery

I had a churro, fitting for Mexican Town in Detroit I know. It was the end of the day, so it wasn’t as fresh, (I know I have to complain about something), so I wasn’t 100% sold on it like other things I tried.

La Gloria Bakery

My hubbys strawberry coconutty thingie was outta this world. Try it.

La Gloria Bakery

La Gloria Bakery

Actually, take 1 dollar (forget McDonald’s dollar menu), yes, only ONE dollar, buy two of them, and give one to someone you love. Or eat both. I won’t tell.
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Los Galanes – Detroit Mexican Town

Los Galanes

Detroit boasts a huge Mexican Town with many restaurants and taco trucks. This was my second visit to Los Galanes. They are known for their seafood and authentic Mexican cuisine. There is so much on the menu that I want to  eventually try, from the Menudo (tripe soup) and goat tacos to their whole fried red snapper.

Los Galanes

They have something rare for the city, outside seating! It’s very informal and quaint and a great asset on gorgeous summer days.

Los Galanes

Note: I have paint on my finger from a spur of the moment decision to paint a wall green in our sun room. Don’t ask.

Los Galanes

My hubby trying to give the straightest face. Very hard task apparently.

Los Galanes

Like I said, they are known for their sea food. Last time I had the big ceviche appetizer, this time, I wanted to save room and got the ceviche tostada ($2.50) instead. I asked for a marlin tostada, also something I had loved the first time, and they said it was off the menu (bummer, it was gooood). I had also had the fish taco before and it hadn’t really made an impression, so I didn’t get it again.

Los Galanes

The ceviche was bright and light, and was a generous size. Would definitely recommend.

Los Galanes

Sam, the hubby, has an aversion to beans, guacamole and cilantro. He also likes what he likes and while he might taste whatever crazy thing I’m having at the moment, he will order the same simple dish. This time it was the Botana Galanes (small 7.25), minus the chorizo and beans. lol.

Los Galanes

I wanted to try something I’ve been dying to try ever since getting a crush on renowned mexican food genius Rick Bayless. Mole. Granted I already knew that whatever mole I was going to have would have nothing to do with him, but until I finally made it to Chicago, this would have to do.

So, I ordered the cheese Enchiladas De Mole ($7.95).

Los Galanes

It came with the regular staples of rice and refried beans.

Los Galanes

Los Galanes

Now, I have never had mole before, so I can’t really compare it to anything. But, this mole really didn’t have a depth of flavor that everyone always talks about. It was a tad chocolaty, but not really spicy. It kinda fell flat. There also seemed to not be enough sauce. The enchiladas just seemed dry. I basically did not get the “mmmm…” factor like the ceviche did for me.

The one thing that did bother me in the beginning was that the waiter rushed me to order and he seemed in a hurry (they were busy). But other than that, he was fine.

I will be back. Overall, the place is a gem. Great authentic vibe and a really great menu. So much more seafood for me to try.
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