Grand Azteca (Madison Heights)– This Mexican joint is a bit on the divey side, depending on what you’re used to. They do a brisk business, but we’ve never had to wait for a table. I always, always order the two-taco dinner. It comes with, as you probably guessed, two tacos, Mexican rice, and refried beans. The food is not light, but it is seriously delicious. We always leave with left-overs. All you can eat chips and salsa comes out before every meal. In addition to the salsa, which I find to be delightfully flavorful, but not too spicy comes a creamy chip dip as well. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is, but it’s some sort of ranch-style dip that cools after the bold salsa. The margaritas are enormous and not too light on the tequila. No complaints there! Friday and Saturday nights feature a duo of live music. Perfect and affordable date night.
Priya (Troy)– This is hands down my favorite Indian cuisine I have experienced. The service is a bit wonky; you don’t usually get a dedicated server. Someone will seat you, a different person will take your drink order, somebody else will take your food order, and yet another will bring you your food. I’m not sure if this is a cultural phenomenon or a side effect of disorganization, but it is definitely on the annoying side. The food is the savior here. We wouldn’t keep coming back otherwise. Everything is authentic and made fresh daily. The basmati rice is rich and nutty and the naan bread just slightly buttery. I always order the Chicken Makhani, a less spicy version of the Chicken Tika Masala. It is chunks of very tender chicken in a rich, creamy tomotoe-y sauce. I like to make a little Indian taco and stuff some rice, sauce and chicken into a little piece of the naan. It’s just so good. Our favorite appetizer is the vegetable samosas. They are served with a trolley of dipping sauces; some sweet, some spicy, all delicious.
Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine (Detroit)– Vicente’s is dark and moody inside and perfect for a romantic, but lively dinner. The mojitos are strong and sweet. We have yet to try the famous paella, but we have had a whole dinner made of appetizers and it was quite a treat. Friday and Saturday nights are salsa nights with lessons offered after 10pm. Be prepared for a good time here.