|Photo by Stefanie Cobb.|
The neighborhood lines of Southwest Detroit are nearly bursting with the number of authentic Mexican restaurants. Although some are more popular than others, they all attract the crowds of metro Detroiters making the commute with the promise of satiating their cravings for true Mexican cuisine. With so many palatable options to choose from, how does one establishment stand out amongst their competitors? They must be unique and acquire a quality unbeknownst to their competition, much like El Barzon.
It cannot be denied that El Barzon deserves precedence in their neighborhood for serving up traditional Mexican cooking, only with a twist. The twist is that they are half a Mexican restaurant and half an Italian restaurant. If you have yet to be graced with the awesomeness of El Barzon, you might be perplexed as to how they are able to be both Italian and Mexican, while still maintaining true authenticity and notable plates. Owner and head chef Norberto Garita has proven that two very dominant cuisines can indeed be paired – and paired beautifully at that.