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Bella’s Coffee y Algo Mas This is not just a coffee shop

Bella’s Coffee y Algo Mas

2303 Campbell St., Detroit, MI 48209
  • Neighborhood: Corktown & Southwest
  • Price Level:   
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Free Parking Available
  • Hours: Mon-Fri: 6AM - 8PM
    Sat-Sun: 8AM - 8PM

Tags: Mexican, Southwest, tortas, milkshakes, bellas-coffee

To categorize Bella’s as merely a coffee house would be like calling Michael Phelps a guy who eats a lot of pancakes. Sure, it’s true; but it kinda misses the whole point – the thing they’re really, really good at.

Inside the cheery, two-story orange building is a lunch-breakers paradise. Tucked into a residential neighborhood near the bend where Vernor runs into Dix and every freight railway in the state seems to converge in one big yard, the interior of Bella’s Coffee y Algo Mas isn’t fancy. A few spartan tables and chairs are placed opposite the coffee bar and a pastry counter with donuts and conchas the size of your face. There’s really no decor to speak of. All of the focus here is on flavor, not flash and pop.

We come here for the tortas, Mexican style sandwiches. They make an incredibly tasty lomo torta. Shredded, marinated pork loin is topped with pickles and lettuce, served on a soft and bouncy white bolillo roll. The quality of bread if very, very important to this sandwich.

A simple ham (or jamon as it’s called here) sando might not sound very exciting, but once it is nestled onto those chewy pillows of bolillo, slathered with mayo and sprinkled with crisp lettuce it becomes what we like to call Symphony in S.

You can also find options like turkey, roast beef or chicken, depending on the day. They offer quesadillas as well as a few toasted sandwich wraps. On the weekends Bella’s serves piping hot bowls of menudo and birria – spicy Mexican soup and stew, respectively – along with soft tortillas for dunking.

Of course, if you do want something to sip on while you stuff your face, the coffee here is well made. But the options don’t end there.

Thick, creamy milkshakes make a luscious accompaniment to a meal or all on their own. Looking for something lighter? Bella’s offers agua frescas – a light and fruity bev that comes in flavors like melon or strawberry –  as well as fresh juices like carrot, apple or beet.

On days when you need a little something to help you wake up, go for the cafe de olla (“little pot”). Named for the traditional clay pots used to make it, this coffee is swirling with the flavors of cinnamon and Mexican dark brown sugar.

We’re also fans of Bella’s champurrado, a rich, chocolatey concoction. Thickened with flour, its consistency is more like a warm bowl of chocolate soup than a beverage. It’s perfect for cookie dunking, and that is a totally acceptable breakfast if you ask us – the sugar kick is as good as a hit of caffeine.

Whatever you decide to order and however long you linger at this hidden gem, the welcome you receive is as warm as a cozy mug of champurrado.


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