NOTE: (20 July 2008) We've had a report that this restaurant is having quality problems. We haven't been able to get there yet ourselves to confirm this. In the meantime, proceed with caution. -- Joe
Once, it was nearly impossible to find good Mexican and Central American food in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. Now there are several great places to choose from. Taqueria La Loma in Ypsilanti is one of our favorites.
La Loma is a hard restaurant to miss. Painted neon yellow and orange, the building really stands out along the residential-commercial mix of buildings along Michigan Ave near Mansfield. The inside is as cheery as the outside, with lots of red, purple, and green. A TV mounted in one corner plays Spanish-language television shows for the benefit of the large Spanish-speaking segment of the clientele.
La Loma offers the standard taqueria repetroire -- tacos, flautas, burritos, enchiladas, etc. -- all done quite well. We've particularly enjoyed their tacos al pastor (pork marinated in adobo and spices, usually stacked on a big rotating spit and sliced off -- explanation here). You can get items a la carte or served with full meals (with rice and beans) or combo platters.
One atypical item: wonderful pupusas, a specialty from El Salvador. Pupusas are only listed on the menu as a part of a full meal, but if you ask you can get them a la carte for the (as of this writing) fabulous price of $2 per pupusa.
Pupusas at La Loma
Horchata de arroz (a Mexican rice drink flavored with cinnamon and almonds) is probably our favorite Mexican beverage, but be warned (in a happy way): the large horchata at La Loma is not only delicious but also muy grande.