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El Asador Steakhouse Unique Steaks and Seafood With Surprisingly Upscale Presentations

El Asador Steakhouse

1312 Springwells St, 48209
  • Neighborhood: Corktown & Southwest
  • Price Level:   
  • Open for: Lunch, Dinner, Weekends
  • Cards Accepted
  • Free Parking Available

Tags: dinner, lunch, Mexican, Southwest, weekend hours, Springwells, seafood, Steakhouses, steak houses, El Asador, contemporary presentation

If your experience with Mexican fare is limited to tacos and burritos, El Asador is the perfect spot to branch out. Your taste buds will thank you.

You’ll find this modern Mexican steakhouse discretely tucked away in the Springwells community of Southwest Detroit. It’s an elegant breath of fresh air among the casual taquerias and hole-in-the-wall dives that line the neighborhood. We’re big fans of those casual spots too, but El Asador is a nice change of pace for date nights, celebrations, or just to liven up your weekday dinners.

The mastermind behind the imaginative menu is proprietor Louis Garza – the original head chef of Rojo Mexican Bistro, with four locations throughout Metro Detroit. Louis moved to the United States from Linares, Mexico in 1985. He worked his way up the culinary ranks cooking in Italian restaurants, but returned to his roots with Rojo, and is taking Mexican cuisine to a whole new level with El Asador.

El Asador’s bill of fare highlights traditional recipes with contemporary presentations, and Louis incorporates some genre-bending flavor combinations to the mix. The price point is higher than you might find at other eateries in the neighborhood, with entrees ranging $10-19, but the cost is very fair for the quality, presentation and service.

Each meal begins with a presentation of housemade chips and salsas: a spicy habanero and a mild fire roasted tomato salsa. If, like us, you love fresh avocado, order some guacamole to share, and enjoy watching your server prepare it tableside. For your entree, you can’t go wrong with El Asador’s tender, beautifully marbled ribeye steak served with poblano cream, ranchero, or chile butter sauce.

Although it’s a steakhouse, El Asador does seafood exceptionally well. The lobster quesadilla is decadently indulgent. Grilled shrimp, scallop or mahi mahi tacos have a delicate texture and mild flavor (unless you order them diablo style, which brings the heat). We absolutely adore their camarones rellenos, which are shrimp stuffed with cheese then breaded and pan fried with poblano peppers, onions, garlic, white wine, and a lobster sauce.

If you only try one dish here, make it the cazuela de mariscos. It’s a seafood stew packed with luscious lobster, mussels, shrimp, and fish. The broth is seasoned with chipotle and lemon. It’s a lot like the Italian fish stew cioppino, but enhanced with the flavors of Mexico. Like other dishes on the menu, the stew is beautifully plated, with fried tortillas to garnish.

Service at El Asador is top-notch. From the moment you sit down at your table you’ll be pampered by their servers, who work swiftly but are never in a rush. The restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license yet, but you’ll be so salsa-drunk on El Asador’s banquet of flavors that you won’t even miss having a cocktail with dinner.


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