Carnival Fresh Mex Skipped Breakfast? An Egg And Sausage Burrito Is Right Around The Corner
Carnival Fresh Mex
645 Griswold, 48226
- Neighborhood: Downtown
- Price Level:
- Open for: Breakfast, Lunch
- Vegetarian Options
- Cards Accepted
- Hours: Mon 7AM - 6PM
Tues 7AM - 6PM
Wed 7AM - 6PM
Thurs 7AM - 6PM
Fri 7AM - 6PM
- Phone: 313.223.1400
- Website: http://carnivalfreshmex.com
- Social: FACEBOOK
- Menu: LINK
In our dash to beat the morning traffic, we often leave home without the most important meal of the day. By the time we make it to the office we’re famished, but it can be tough to find a breakfast spot downtown that serves something other than coffee and muffins before 11 a.m.
An unassuming storefront in the Penobscot building, Carnival Fresh-Mex, has saved our morning. Carnival opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays and offers a hot breakfast menu that will start your day off on the right foot.
You can’t go wrong with the huevos rancheros, a fried corn tortilla topped with two eggs, cheese, and ranchero sauce, served with a side of chorizo (Spanish sausage) and tortillas. We also love the huevos con asada, scrambled eggs with steak bites and cheese, served with tortillas.
If you’re feeling a little bit adventurous, try the huevos con nopales, which is eggs with cactus, topped with onion, cilantro and served with chorizo and tortillas. The cactus has a light, fresh flavor that falls somewhere in between a green bean and bell pepper. Carnival also serves a breakfast burrito, filled with eggs, chorizo, onions, and jalapenos, that makes an easy walking breakfast.
Brothers Jason and Joseph Ayiar opened Carnival in late 2012 with their father George. Their family owns the popular Carnival Market in Pontiac, which has been in operation since 2009. Carnival bills its menu as Cal-Mex cuisine, which is short for California-Mexican. You’re probably familiar with Tex-Mex dishes. Cal-Mex is similar; you may notice a more restrained use of beans and cheese, and a focus on fresh ingredients like pico and avocado.
The bill of fare for lunch and dinner is stacked with fresh mexican favorites like tacos, burritos, tamales, and nachos. Tacos come with your choice of meat. Select from a number of tender, mouth-watering options like carnitas, chicken tinga (marinated, shredded chicken), pork al pastor (marinated, with pineapples, spices, and onion), chorizo, or carne asada.
We’re fans of the California fish tacos, made with fried tilapia and topped with cabbage, pico and salsa blanca. They are super fresh and flavorful. The quesadillas are also very good, grilled to perfection with your choice of meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream.
Carnival offers a selection of specialty burritos hearty enough to satisfy even the most ravenous appetite. The triple burrito is stuffed with carne asada, chicken, and shrimp with onions, peppers, guacamole, and sour cream. Every bite is a fiesta in your mouth. Step up to the salsa bar and add your choice of toppings like pico de gallo, salsa verde, red salsa with medium spice, and hot salsa.
In a slight departure from the traditional Mexican flavors, Carnival serves up a dish they call chicken fries: literally a bed of french fries loaded with marinated chicken, pico, cheese, and a salsa blanca. It’s indulgently delicious. The carne asada version comes topped with marinated grilled beef, cheese, hot sauce, guacamole, and sour cream. Wash it down with an agua fresca or horchata (made with rice, flour, milk, and cinnamon).
Whether we’re ordering in the wee hours of the morning or at the height of the lunch rush, Carnival’s fresh, flavorful menu never disappoints.
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