Get an authentic taste of Mexico City at this Southgate restaurant
south gate – Feeding the masses with fresh and tasty food is a job that Erik Galindo takes seriously.
“For me, feeding people is a big responsibility. Doctors, they can heal people. Teachers, they teach people. Being a cook or being a chef, like you feed people, and that’s a big responsibility, ”explains Galindo.
So when he opened Galindo’s in Southgate in 2015, he wanted to serve food from his hometown, Mexico City.
I remember growing up in the city, and my favorite thing is eating tortas, ”says Galindo. “That’s why I wanted to do it here in Detroit; I want to be different. “
Tortas are giant Mexican sandwiches. You can easily share one with someone if you want. They’re made with chewy torta bread and almost always have a base of mayonnaise, refried beans, avocados, tomatoes, jalapenos, and Oaxacan cheese. From there you can stack a variety of different meats and toppings. They have about 25 different tortas on their menu, one of the most popular being the El Chapo which has breaded chicken, al pastor (seasoned pork and pineapple), and American cheese. Another favorite is El Chupacabra which offers breaded chicken, breaded beef, pork, salchicha (turkey sausage) and eggs.
His tacos are also made Mexican style with two corn shells, meat, onions, cilantro and fries.
“That’s how we eat them in Mexico City,” says Galindo.
You can also find all the staples here, including enchiladas, flautas, burritos, and more. Plus, they have a variety of Mexican drinks including horchata, spicy vanilla cinnamon rice milk, and Jamaican agua or spicy hibiscus tea.
People seem to like his new approach as he has been able to grow tremendously over the 6 years he’s been in business. Galindo now has two food trucks, one at DTE Music Theater, another at Little Caesar’s Arena, and he’s looking for another location.
“People feel very welcome here,” says Galindo. “They come to the kitchen to thank my cooks. You know, you feel happy about it.
If you want to try Galindo’s, it is located at 13754 Fort Street in Southgate. Watch the video above for more information.
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