The Hidden Gem Reviews: Mexican Style

On their Mexican adventure, two Squallers found ‘the best burrito’ they’ve ever had
By Amanda Fileccia & Lexi Heath

TacoKing

    At the corner of Stadium and Liberty a local go to is hiding some of Ann Arbor’s tastiest treasures. Taco King is a fast casual restaurant that serves all of your Mexican needs. Attached to the restaurant is “Tienda La Libertad,” a Latin American grocery store. This added an authentic vibe but did not make up for the lack of background noise. It was extremely quiet except for the TV that only played infomercials. We only saw one staff member, who took our order. It took about 10 minutes to get our food.

Their menu included everything you could think of. We dined on their enchiladas, one burrito, and two tacos. The burrito did not compare to the superior taste of Chela’s and the tacos were quite similar. The enchiladas at Taco King were outstanding. They each came with a different type of meat inside: ground beef, chicken, and shredded beef.  Our total for all three meals was $23.30. This was a great deal considering each plate came with beans and rice.

Illustrator - Kate Mesaros
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Chela's

    Chela’s Restaurant & Taqueria is a small Mexican restaurant located at the corner of Liberty and Maple in Ann Arbor. They have a variety of food options like burritos, tamales, tacos and many other authentic foods. All foods are customizable to your specific preference, including meats of beef, chicken, pork, and variety of vegetable toppings. Although the menu seems quite complex, there is a translation key for those of us not fluent in Spanish. The large variety made it difficult to choose from but in the end we tried the chicken burrito, a tamale, and a taco. The portions were large and the price did not disappoint. Our total was only $15.65 so you could say we got the most bang for our buck. Chela’s doesn’t have much room for big groups, but they are known to cater so you can indulge in their food at parties. The small location didn’t take away from the authentic Mexican interior and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Overall, Chela’s met and exceeded our expectations and we would definitely recommend you take a trip to this Mexican fiesta.

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BurritoJoint

    Another downtown Ann Arbor gem is Burrito Joint. This restaurant is extremely tiny and doubles as a pizza restaurant. With a singular table and a few stools, the seating area is extremely limited, but an outside porch with hanging lights, gives off a warm, light-hearted feel. Although the restaurant is small, the food is the exact opposite. We suggest ordering from the already created burrito options, but if you prefer to create your own they allow that as well. Their burritos can come in standard form, or be made into a bowl, salad or nachos. It’s unfortunate for all Chipotle fans, but Burrito Joint has the best burrito we have ever eaten. The A-Maize-ing Chicken burrito left both of us stunned speechless with the deliciousness.

Although short staffed, our food was finished within five minutes of us ordering. The amount of food was proportional to the price. A single burrito is between $6-8, and was filled with different meats and toppings all mixed together. While we waited other customers came and ordered who also got their food relatively quick. This is a place that would be popular among students at the University of Michigan considering it is located on Packard.

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