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Imperial

Taco Place, Mexican Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
Downtown Ferndale, Ferndale
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  • The Mexican food at Imperial is a can't miss
  • Queen E.
    "The Bakersfield Sonoran and Adobada de Pollo are always a favorite."(4 Tips)
    Ashish S.
    "Amazing Veggie hot dogs, sopapillas and great atmosphere."(3 Tips)
    LA K.
    "Uno mas is awesome"(3 Tips)
    Nicole H.
    "Veggie tacos and house margaritas."(4 Tips)
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  • Reggie M.
    This place is awesome!!! Authentic Mexican fare.... Prices are cheap! Food is super fresh.... Sonoran Dogs are very good and the Mexican corn is tasty!!
    Upvoted Sep 18
  • 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!
    Upvoted Sep 8
  • 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
  • Julia P.
    Julia PetersSeptember 8
    Tacos and hot dogs. ❤️ I suggest lots of water or tequila with that grilled jalapeño. The elote is a MUST HAVE and my go-to when drunk. 🌽
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Andrew M.
    Get the Bakersfield Sonoran dog. Bacon, BBQ chicken, pineapple, jalapeño onion relish, chipotle aioli.
  • shan s.
    shan smithJuly 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Tacos, amazing. BACON wrapped hot dogs, yes! Haha. Had a hibiscus margarita a few weeks ago that was pretty great too.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Aug 15
  • 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.
  • Queen E.
    Queen ElizabethMay 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything! Try the Adobada de Pollo and the Bakersfield Sonoran.
  • 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.
  • Courtney
    CourtneyApril 23, 2016
    Their tacos are great! Try the Al Pastor, Carnitas, & Carne Asada!
  • 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
  • Ashish S.
    Ashish ShahMay 28
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing Veggie hot dogs, sopapillas and great atmosphere.
  • Mike
    MikeNovember 11, 2016
    Street tacos in a bar! Great place to end your night if your having a Ferndale bar crawl!
  • Reggie M.
    The salsa is super awesome and the chips are made fresh to order!!!
  • Beth K.
    Beth KosteckiApril 11, 2013
    Get the Salsa flight, great way to try all three of their salsas. The Verde one is amazing!
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HarknessMay 19, 2013
    Veggie tacos and house margaritas. Only way to go.
    Upvoted Aug 15
  • 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.
  • MJ.
    MJ.September 5, 2013
    Get the Bakersfield Sonoran hot dog! I actually CRAVE it, it's so good! #nomnom
  • Chazzano Coffee Roasters
    Great veggie hot dog, Uno Mas, Detroit Tart, and of course, Chazzano Coffee.
    Upvoted Aug 15
  • steve f.
    steve frankJuly 27, 2012
    Try the elote especial - grilled sweet corn/poblano lime creme/Colija cheese/Chilis. No more need be said.
  • 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.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LawAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Be adventurous and try the special tacos that change weekly, they're always incredible!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MaimanFebruary 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The veggie hot dog is all I'll ever order. Amazing.
    Upvoted Aug 15
  • Chow Down Detroit
    Chow Down DetroitSeptember 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The hot dogs are outstanding!
  • Ryan
    RyanApril 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    There is nothing bad really. Love tacos, dags, booze and great atmosphere? This is your spot
  • 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.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CoxJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There is a Michelada with McClures. Best Michelada in Metro Detroit, if not Michigan.
  • Queen E.
    Queen ElizabethJanuary 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Anything ! The Bakersfield Sonoran and Adobada de Pollo are always a favorite.
  • Jones
    JonesApril 3, 2016
    The imperial hot dog, the corn is good, service is good
  • Mandi M.
    Mandi MankvitzAugust 18, 2012
    Like a little slice of Austin, TX in Ferndale, MI. Make sure to order the Al Pastor!
  • 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.
  • Jelisa D.
    Jelisa DanielsAugust 21, 2012
    Everything is delicious, but hot damn that hot dog is like the best RAW sex ever!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoggJanuary 16, 2014
    Great hipster tacos. Make sure to ask about the special!
  • Juli C.
    Juli CJanuary 10, 2013
    Ok Sonoran hotdog, imma let you finish, but al pastor is the best item on this menu.
  • 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!
  • Jamarr E.
    Jamarr EdwardsDecember 20, 2012
    The vegetarian tacos are great.
    Upvoted Aug 15
  • Melissa
    MelissaNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best brunch in the city! Must try the imperial hash!
  • Courtney
    CourtneyApril 23, 2016
    Great tacos! Nice atmosphere!
  • 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.
  • Chow Down Detroit
    Chow Down DetroitDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always ask for the special taco of the week
  • Carma H.
    Carma HammuckOctober 1, 2013
    My new favorite Ferndale hangout!! Awesome food, great staff and wonderful drinks
  • Brittney M.
    Brittney MajorMarch 16, 2013
    Come for the drinks...stay for the tacos!...and chips!
  • Christina S.
    Christina SkopDecember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Service can be hit and miss. Food can be good, but last time I was here I got food poisoning. Some of the bartenders lack experience as well. Some tweaking and it should be around for awhile.
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RizzoMarch 7, 2013
    Great bartenders. Order cocktails; you won't be disappointed.
  • Joanna J.
    Joanna JaddouMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go in the back patio in the summertime ☀ and the churros
  • 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.
  • Alyson
    AlysonJuly 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Stephanie is the best, cutest waitress ever! Delicious margaritas.
  • Sara S.
    Sara SuvadaJune 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Carnitas and Al Pastor Tacos - Wowsers....so good!!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BatorJune 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Looking for the best margarita in town? Order the hot dog anyway!
  • Chad C.
    Chad CyrowskiSeptember 7, 2014
    The margaritas and hot dogs are delicious.
  • jessica n.
    jessica noreenApril 3, 2013
    Good food. Good drinks. WORST SERVICE EVER. Honestly I'm not sure why I keep coming back here. Owner, take notice of the staff you have working for you. They are horrendous. Start over!
  • Kathy B.
    Kathy BansekDecember 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great tacos. Good prices. Good atmosphere
  • Miles V.
    Miles VanMeterMay 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to pick up boxes and to check out the old Post chalkboard for nostalgiac purposes.
  • jessica n.
    jessica noreenJanuary 1, 2013
    Good food, good drinks, but I'm not a fan of the cafeteria style seating.
  • DC After Five
    DC After FiveAugust 22, 2012
    Cherry peppercorn infused bourbon is amazing. $2 tacos
  • Derek S.
    Derek SteeleJune 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask if there is a "special" taco....usually fantastic
  • Bert D.
    Bert DavidNovember 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Mmmmperial! Super great tacos, dogs and atmosphere!
  • Jamie D.
    Jamie DelaneyApril 11, 2015
    Al pastor & paso robles w/ a pacifico to wash it all down.
  • Erica C.
    Erica CopelandMay 5, 2016
    Tacos, tacos, tacos!!! Love these tacos!!!! Can't go wrong!
  • Glenn S.
    Glenn ShepardNovember 29, 2014
    Natural casing hotdogs and Stroh's. You don't need anything else.
  • David M.
    David MaynardJune 10, 2015
    Any tacos and beer. Great people watching too
  • Ben B.
    Ben BatorJune 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They don't have fish tacos here (AskMen, lol you're the worst), but if you like fish tacos, get the hot dog.
  • Ronita G.
    Ronita GriffinJune 27, 2015
    Sonoran hotdogs I don't do hotdogs but I love this one!
  • Bright Lights
    Bright LightsAugust 20, 2013
    Torta is good ! It's a sandwich and its the bomb ! 💣💣💣💣💣
  • Amy B.
    Amy BredeMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Belly up to the bar and ask for Whaley. Guaranteed super-awesome-fun time.
  • Donna S.
    Donna SJanuary 20, 2013
    If you don't like onions. Watch out they garnish everything with onions.
  • Joanna J.
    Joanna JaddouMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely get the corn on the cob!!
  • Dakota R.
    Dakota RebelJuly 6, 2015
    The Bakersfield hot dog is the best!
  • Marion K.
    Marion KoerberAugust 4, 2013
    Best ever margaritas. Great atmosphere. Yummy tacos. More!
  • Melanie
    MelanieMarch 7, 2015
    Corn on the cob was delicious.
  • Chioke M.
    Chioke McRaeOctober 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Al Pastor tacos are soooo good!
  • Victor G.
    Victor George IVMay 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    For real, you need to try the hot dog.
  • Jos E.
    Jos EvansJuly 29, 2016
    Didn't get a chance to find out, very crowded....the wait was to long..an not great service, when we sat on the terrace....
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BeckAugust 8, 2014
    Yummy tacos, amazing salsas
  • Zee D.
    Zee DarwishJune 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tacoosssss! Also, one of the few places that has Strongbow!
  • Jennica W.
    Jennica WahlAugust 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    So So good. Favorite place in ferndale :)
  • Josh H.
    Josh HMay 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Take a shot of orange habanero tequila, and dont be a pussy about.
  • Gerald S.
    Gerald StewartJune 25, 2013
    Tequila drinks and hot doggies. Nom.
  • 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!
    Downvoted Aug 15
  • Joe H.
    Joe HorschSeptember 10, 2013
    $2.50 adds up quick ;)
  • Nate L.
    Nate LAugust 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Have some tacos. Have some beers. No questions.
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