At first I was hesitant to venture beyond the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Grand Rapids on what was only a whim. A whim that happened to be named Donkey Taqueria.
While they didn’t come up first on Yelp and there weren’t any write-ups in the local foodie mags, Donkey Taqueria is more than worth the 1.8 mile trek from downtown, especially if you’re seeking unique (and delicious) tequila and mezcal cocktails.
For your first course, I’d recommend the Spicy Paloma (cucumber-habanero infused tequila blanco, lime, grapefruit, grapefruit soda, chile salt rim) paired with chips and guacamole, and queso, and refried pinto beans. Yes, I said and not or. Note: there are three Paloma options on the menu to choose from (yeeees!). Regular — Mezcal — Spicy. The Spicy Paloma is super refreshing thanks to the cucumber and that chile salt rim is to die for and adds a little heat. As long as you like medium spice, you’ll love this drink.
For your next course, a classic Margarita is the way to go since it pairs magnificently with the Taco de Ejotes — which on their own are beyond fabulous. These tacos are a mix of battered green beans, macha sweet corn, salsa verde, jalapeno mayo, queso cotija, and bacon. Soooo, I initially wanted to try their brussel sprout tacos but they’d been taken off the menu. Not to worry, the Taco de Ejotes is one of the best tacos I’ve ever had. Crunch, sweet, a little spice. Delicious!
For your last course, you can completely ignore the Churros. Which if you’re anything like me, is unbelievably hard to do. Instead, I’d recommend the Michoacan Hot Cocoa. This adult dessert is only available after 4pm, doesn’t contain dairy, and is made with reposado tequila, gray skies coffee liqueur (local spirit alert!), marshmallow, mokaya mexican hot cocoa, and almond milk. They even hand-roast a marshmallow with a mini kitchen torch for garnish. It is the perfect end to your visit!
Donkey Taqueria: 665 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503