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Imperial

Taco Place, Mexican Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
Downtown Ferndale, Ferndale
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  • LA K.
    "Uno mas is awesome"(3 Tips)
    Nicole H.
    "Veggie tacos and house margaritas."(4 Tips)
    Sara S.
    "Try the Carnitas and Al Pastor Tacos - Wowsers....so good!!"(4 Tips)
    Virginia R.
    "Great hot dogs... order without the bun for gluten free."(33 Tips)
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  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJuly 15, 2013
    This isn't a dream. It's the appropriately-titled Egg on Your Face -- a bacon-wrapped dog w/ queso fresco, jalapeno onion relish, chipotle aioli, carne asada(!), chorizo(!!), AND a fried egg (!!!). Read more
  • Chris A.
    Chris AvalynOctober 20, 2012
    Nevermind the complaints about bad service. We went on a very busy Friday night and the service was excellent! Jaclyn took great care of us. Fast and efficient. My only complaint is with the hipsters.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BrysonDecember 28, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    A wait but it's with it! Tacos, drinks, hot dogs, all worth it. Check in and then grab a drink at Danny's or MBrew while you wait. Keep an eye on your phone bc they give the table away after 5 min!
  • Monica D.
    Monica DApril 13, 2013
    Great drinks, menu is fun and cheap!! Order the ring of fire (drink) and the el pastor taco!! Atmosphere is different than your average restaurant too--would definitely go back, great place!!
  • Francesca C.
    Francesca CiaramitaroFebruary 18, 2013
    Guac was awesome. Ordered every taco they had and they were all really, really good, favorite was Carne Asada. Definitely try the hot dog. Finish your meal with a churro and you'll leave happy.
  • Mary M.
    Mary MottaAugust 14, 2015
    two tacos each plus chips with salsa and a mixed drink a piece was the perfect dinner for my friend and I! about $15 a person - full and satisfied. great food and lots of seating.
  • P D.
    P DDecember 13, 2016
    Don't make the same mistake my friend did...she ordered a vegetarian hot dog thinking it was a unique tofu dog but it's a regular hot dog with vegetarian extras on top! Be ready to wait for a seat!
  • James D.
    James DavidMarch 19, 2016
    One of my absolute favorite places. The drinks seem pricy, but they're so strong, they're worth it. Always love their special hot dog of the month. Unique and cool place
  • Meg B.
    Meg BowmanAugust 28, 2013
    Excellent service, awesome location and vibe. It reminded me very much of (hometown) Austin. Make sure you get a Mexican coke!!
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MadiganFebruary 1, 2015
    Great tacos! I've never been disappointed. They also have an excellent liquor selection with a very knowledgeable staff. You should eat there... Now
  • Amy L.
    Amy LebowskyFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    No matter how crowded, how long your wait, they consistently crank out the food so quickly here and it's ALWAYS fantastic. Kudos for the vegetarian specials.
  • Tiffany T.
    Tiffany TaylorJanuary 26, 2016
    Great atmosphere, very affordable and delicious. I love the chili lime chicken tacos, and the roasted red pepper salsa. Would definitely go back.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew B.December 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The torta is worth the visit alone. Outdoor patio is great spot to hang for a large group, assuming they have heaters during the winter.
  • RockStar Rachel
    RockStar RachelAugust 28, 2012
    Loving the decor, the food is amazing! Elote Special! However Nick, the daytime bartender seems a bit out of it and not very put together. Had to tell him my order 3 times.
  • Tiffany T.
    Tiffany TaylorJanuary 25, 2016
    Absolutely delicious. Great atmosphere, affordable and delicious. Love the chili lime chicken tacos and the roasted red pepper salsa.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RothbarthAugust 22, 2014
    Unique, delicious tacos and hot dogs wrapped in bacon... What more could you ask for? Decent house margarita too.
  • Courtney
    CourtneyApril 23, 2016
    Their tacos are great! Try the Al Pastor, Carnitas, & Carne Asada!
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan SarlowJuly 28, 2015
    Food is great (must try the corn) but they insist on bringing group food on big combined plates and they ALWAYS mess up orders.
  • Bobbi F.
    Bobbi FosterNovember 23, 2014
    I will be back for sure. Chipotle salsa sweet and balanced. Elote especial was an instant favorite for me.
  • Holly C.
    Holly ChiriteApril 29, 2016
    Food is always good here....guacamole is excellent. But the bartenders are always bitchy. And the drinks are not all that great.
  • Steven B.
    Steven BApril 6, 2013
    Imperial was really good. Recommend mixed drinks. Tacos are like street tacos in Mexico. Made pretty authentically
  • Mike
    MikeNovember 11, 2016
    Street tacos in a bar! Great place to end your night if your having a Ferndale bar crawl!
  • Beth K.
    Beth KosteckiApril 11, 2013
    Get the Salsa flight, great way to try all three of their salsas. The Verde one is amazing!
  • steve f.
    steve frankJuly 27, 2012
    Try the elote especial - grilled sweet corn/poblano lime creme/Colija cheese/Chilis. No more need be said.
  • MJ.
    MJ.September 5, 2013
    Get the Bakersfield Sonoran hot dog! I actually CRAVE it, it's so good! #nomnom
  • Miranda K.
    Miranda KeeblerMay 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Carnitas tacos are my favorite. The salsa verde on them with a little lime... Perfect.
  • Susan J.
    Susan JacksonNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Pagan drink special - delicious! Rum, ginger beer, lemon juice and house made pumpkin syrup.
  • shan s.
    shan smithJuly 1, 2016
    Tacos, amazing. BACON wrapped hot dogs, yes! Haha. Had a hibiscus margarita a few weeks ago that was pretty great too.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LawAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Be adventurous and try the special tacos that change weekly, they're always incredible!
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HarknessMay 19, 2013
    Veggie tacos and house margaritas. Only way to go.
    Upvoted Jan 26
  • Ryan
    RyanApril 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    There is nothing bad really. Love tacos, dags, booze and great atmosphere? This is your spot
  • Chow Down Detroit
    Chow Down DetroitSeptember 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The hot dogs are outstanding!
  • Jenni R.
    Jenni ReinhartFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The vegetarian Sonoran might be my new favorite obsession. And the drinks are on point.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduAugust 30, 2013
    Very Cool atmosphere, but really loud....until you've had a few drinks. Skip the al pastor taco unless you like chunks of clove in the pork. No bueno.
  • Sarah Jo S.
    Sarah Jo SautterJanuary 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Have them replace the cheese with guac on the veggie tacos for a vegan version.
  • Queen E.
    Queen ElizabethJanuary 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Anything ! The Bakersfield Sonoran and Adobada de Pollo are always a favorite.
  • Mandi M.
    Mandi MankvitzAugust 18, 2012
    Like a little slice of Austin, TX in Ferndale, MI. Make sure to order the Al Pastor!
  • Jones
    JonesApril 3, 2016
    The imperial hot dog, the corn is good, service is good
  • Jelisa D.
    Jelisa DanielsAugust 21, 2012
    Everything is delicious, but hot damn that hot dog is like the best RAW sex ever!
  • Queen E.
    Queen ElizabethMay 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything! Try the Adobada de Pollo and the Bakersfield Sonoran.
    Upvoted 22 hours ago
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BaizJuly 19, 2012
    Tacos were just ok (very small!!) Was disappointed they didnt have fish tacos (how could a taco joint NOT have fish tacos?!!!?) but their tortilla chips margaritas made up for it. Will likely be back.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CoxJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There is a Michelada with McClures. Best Michelada in Metro Detroit, if not Michigan.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BatorJune 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't trust the menu, there's only one thing they make here, and that's the Sonoran Hot Dog. Get it, or don't eat. Your choice.
  • Juli C.
    Juli CJanuary 10, 2013
    Ok Sonoran hotdog, imma let you finish, but al pastor is the best item on this menu.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoggJanuary 16, 2014
    Great hipster tacos. Make sure to ask about the special!
  • Amy L.
    Amy LebowskyOctober 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for lime cream on the veggie tacos. It's not on menu. Whole new level of deliciousness.
  • Courtney D.
    Courtney DomanJune 4, 2012
    If you think you're coming to eat, you are probably wrong. Sure, it's new-but the kitchen service is spottier than a leopard.
  • Ali R.
    Ali RoseMay 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Apple cinnamon infused whiskey manhattans! And Rex the bartender is a BABE & a sweet heart.
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 25, 2011
    The menu will be a little more stripped down yet creative - We can’t wait to dig into some fish tacos. Read more
  • Virginia R.
    Virginia RobinsonAugust 21, 2013
    Great hot dogs... order without the bun for gluten free. Very filling!
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