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Sombrero Lives Up to its Authentic Claims
COURTESY OF JUAN FERNANDEZ / EL SOMBRERO
look inside the El Sombrero Restaurant in Warren, MI.
Mexican cuisine is
one of my favorites and I admit I am rather particular about
it. So far I have found many of these restaurants to be “American”
Mexican and are rather bland imitations. I want salsa that makes
my nose run and a margarita that actually gives me a slight
buzz, just as it does in Mexico.
El Sombrero Mexican
Restaurant is not on any main road in the Metro Detroit area,
so you actually have to seek it out at 8601 Old 13 Mile Road
in Warren across from the GM Tech Center. It is worth the journey.
Juan Zavala and his family have been operating this cozy spot
since 1991 and their fare is quite authentic.
Open 7 days a week,
they have all the standards as well as some great dishes that
include steak or seafood. Their daily specials include 3 enchiladas
on Tuesday for only $5.95 and a yummy “Wet Burrito Wednesday”
at the tasty price of $6.95. Beans and rice are always included
and you can choose from 3 salsas to go with your complimentary
I opt, however, for
the spicy beef fajitas. The plate is huge! Filled with the usual
beef, green pepper, and onion, it is engulfed in an amazing
chipotle sauce and drenched in melted cheese. You also get tortillas,
lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and it is worth the extra for
a dab of guacamole. The tenderness of the marinated beef and
unique spiciness of the sauce garner it 5 stars (or should that
be 5 sombreros?).
It turned out that
our server was daughter Zulema. She was quite attentive and
charming and even answered all the taste questions I had, including
the secret to those fantastic fajitas.
Some other plusses
include a lunch buffet M-F for only $4.95, a full banquet room
complete with mariachi band, and catering. Give them a call
586-274-0590 or visit them online at http://www.geocities.com/sombrero8601/index.html.
And if you order take-out on Thursday, indulge yourself in one
of their lime margarita specials while you wait. Ole’!
them that AmericaJR.com sent you!