Sep 30, 2022 - Food and Drink

Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week returns with food truck rally

A plate filled with food sits on a table.

Guisadillas from El Rancho. Photo courtesy of Featherstone

Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week is back in action this weekend after two years of pandemic shutdowns.

What's happening: About 20 Latin restaurants are offering exclusive heritage dishes from today through Oct. 9.

  • New this year, organizers are getting food trucks more involved in the festivities. More than 10 of them will set up at Batch Brewing in Corktown on Monday from 4-10pm, along with music and non-alcohol drinks from Cafecito Alvarez.
  • A mobile health unit will offer general health screenings, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

What they're saying: The event returns this year with a larger team providing support and "guiding voices" that give it "more intention and a more defined purpose about what the event should include," co-founder Juan Carlos Dueweke-Pérez, also founder of local marketing agency Featherstone, tells Axios.

  • Those involved in organizing include Taste the Diaspora co-founder and chef Ederique Goudia and two-time MasterChef contestant Amanda Saab.

Zoom in: A few participants, their region of origin and their dishes:

  • Asty Time, Dominican Republic: albondigas a la criolla, or creole meatballs with rice and beans.
  • El Rey de Las Arepas, Venezuela: chicken and waffles.
  • La Cuscatleca, El Salvador: empanadas filled with plantain and corn.

What we're watching: A new restaurant week is in the works for the Banglatown neighborhood this spring, Dueweke-Pérez says.

Plates of food are pictured alongside beer and various dipping sauces.
Molcajete from Taqueria El Nacimiento and empanadas de plátano y fritos de elote from La Cuscatleca. Photos courtesy of Featherstone

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