Taco Macho, New Mexican Restaurant in Westland, Makes Tortillas to Order

The tacos aren’t much fresher than those prepared at one of Westland’s newer restaurants.

Corn tortillas are freshly made right before your eyes. They are pressed and cooked. They then came out on a plate, covered with delicious toppings.

That’s how things are at Taco Macho, 35495 Ford Road. Located in the old Capitol Coney Island storefront, the new restaurant opened in mid-May and serves authentic Mexican dishes.

Rosie Eschamilla, the restaurant’s owner, said she felt it was time to open her own restaurant in the United States after moving to Michigan years ago from northern Mexico.

“Back home, we own Mexican restaurants there, and then we moved to Michigan 11 years ago,” the Canton Township woman said. “Eleven years later, here I am.”

She began working on the space several months ago, transforming the former restaurant into a place celebrating Mexican cuisine. The counter sports a new look and decor lines the walls celebrating the foods of Eschamilla’s homeland.

Rosie Eschamilla, the owner of Macho Taco, rolls out the dough to create tortillas.  She opened the restaurant serving authentic Mexican fare in the former capital Coney Island on Ford and Wayne Roads in Westland.

It took a bit of time to get it up and running, especially with the county health department backup resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Because of the pandemic situation, it’s really difficult to bring in inspectors,” she said.

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The menu consists of dishes created by Eschamilla, including tacos, enchiladas, bowls and more. Their signature dish, she says, comes in the form of their tacos al Pastor. These are garnished with marinated pork, cilantro, onion and pineapple.

“I think al pastor is our specialty, as well as our homemade tortillas,” she said. “I think it’s something that (will) set us apart.”

The restaurant is only her first, but she hopes her concept can become a recognized brand in the region. But for now, Eschamilla is just focused on finding her footing on the Ford and Wayne roads.

“Let’s dream about it,” she said.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. More information can be found at tacomachoinc.com.

Taco Macho is located at 35495 Ford Road, just west of Wayne Road in Westland.

Contact reporter David Veselenak at [email protected] or 734-678-6728. Follow him on Twitter @davidveselenak.

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