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La Posada A secret restaurant hidden in the back of a market

La Posada

1930 Springwells, Detroit, MI 48209
  • Neighborhood: Corktown & Southwest
  • Price Level:   
  • Cards Accepted
  • Free Parking Available

Tags: Mexican, Southwest, tacos, Springwells, la-posada, birria

At first glance, La Posada looks like a little market. When you walk in, you’re surrounded by shelves of groceries, a few deli items, and lots of authentic Mexican specialties. It’s a cute little shop. But keep walking, all the way to the back of the market – follow your nose – and you’ll be rewarded with the discovery of a secret restaurant serving up some seriously delicious eats.

The dining room of La Posada is small, with barely a dozen tables. And there’s usually just one guy running the grill – firing off orders of barbacoa and grilled chicken. But the flavors coming out of this tiny kitchen are big.

The brains behind this hidden foodie gem are sisters Guadalupe and Letty Lara, who hail from the Jalisco region of Mexico. Tucked onto the Western coast of Mexico, Jalisco is the home of mariachi, tequila, wide brimmed sombreros and some of the most delicious food you’ve ever put in your mouth.

Our favorite thing to eat here are the soups. Their caldo de pollo is a great choice. It’s a Mexican chicken soup, and La Posada’s version is comforting, spicy and straight up delicious.

The real star of the show, though, is the birria – a spicy meat stew. Jalisco is famous for its birria; residents bring out the good stuff to celebrate weddings and to cure hangovers. La Posada’s version is bursting with the flavors of roasted chili peppers and authentic spices. The flavors of adobo (paprika, oregano, garlic, salt and vinegar) permeate the tender hunks of meat.

At La Posada, as in many parts of Jalisco, the birria is served with a big pile of limes, which brighten up the hearty stew.  Ask for a few corn tortillas on the side to sop up all the brothy goodness.

If you’re not in the mood for stew, La Posada also serves a selection of tacos, quesadillas, chile rellenos, and tortas. Choose from meats like steak and al pastor, all prepared fresh. Tacos come topped with cilantro and onions, and are served with grilled onions and jalapenos on the side.

The prices here are very reasonable. You could probably feed two people for ten bucks. If you ask nicely, they will sell you a big tub of that craveworthy birria to take home for later.


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