Calexico, a New York City favorite, opened up their first non-NYC location at One Campus Martius, and the menu is comprised of dreams, margaritas and burrito bowls.

At the corner of Woodward Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, you can now order anything from tacos, like the Chipotle Pork, Carne Asada, Pollo Asado, Baja Fish, Tofu and Black Bean, to salads, like the Union Street with goat cheese and sherry vinaigrette, and the Tostada Salad, with jack cheese and roasted tomato salsa.

The name Calexico was taken from the name of a border town between California and Mexico. The restaurant’s cuisine combines beloved Mexican flavors with a southern barbecue punch.

The inside of the restaurant features tall ceilings and rich, wooden décor, with a big square bar on the right side of the dining area. The cocktail menu and patio will be the perfect way to close out the summer with refreshing and different-than-you’re-used-to options. The bar mixes up margaritas with jalapeno and spice, and cocktails made of Faygo soda, pineapple and more.

Burritos, quesadillas and fajitas are also included in Calexico’s offerings, with the option to add guacamole, sour cream, “crack” sauce, jalapenos or brown rice to your burritos and burrito bowls. You can also choose to make your burrito a wet burrito, with red or green enchilada sauce, and we don’t know why you wouldn’t.

There’s a patio with table seating or big comfortable chairs to lounge in, right on Woodward Avenue, so the downtown sights and scenes are right there for the taking.

Calexico took the spot of where Olga’s used to sit, and the restaurant, equipped with a square bar, is able to sit roughly 130 people. The spot promises lunch and dinner all week long, with brunch availability to come on weekends.

The restaurant chain was founded in 2006 by three brothers, Jesse, Brian and Dave Vendley, who started their business with a food cart and family recipes. At the Detroit location, Chef Derrick Rassam serves as an executive chef, and he’s best known around town for opening and developing at the Mad Hatter Bistro & Tea Room in Birmingham. Rassam is also a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and the Art Institute of Michigan.

Stop in and make your way through the menu at 1040 Woodward Ave and follow Calexico on social media.

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5


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