Tasty tacos and tempting tequila.
Fabulous Ferndale has been host to a number of new bars and restaurants popping up in the last year. The new kid on the block, Imperial, has been serving up tequila and some seriously delicious California-style street fare. They are open seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., with food service ending at midnight.
Imperial is the brainchild of owners Perry and Sharon LaVoisne, and old friends and music industry aficionados Jeff and Susanne King and Amir Daiza. They opened their doors in May at the location of the old Post Bar on the east side of Woodward just north of 9 Mile. Parking is metered on the street and in parking lots behind the business.
The menu is simple, featuring seven different types of tacos at $2.50 each including a vegetarian option made with spiced seitan, roasted potatoes, green mole, queso fresco and pumpkin seeds — hands down the best veggie taco I’ve ever tasted. Other star tacos on the menu are the Adobada De Pollo with savory chile lime grilled chicken and salsa verde. The Carnitas feature slow-roasted pork and salsa verde, and the Al Pastor has fragrant marinated pork, grilled pineapple and a jalapeno onion pickle.
Imperial offers a number of specialty cocktails, most of which are tequila-based. There are a few bourbon cocktails and one vodka drink called “the Louisa” that tastes like fresh-squeezed lemonade.Specialty cocktails on the menu are $8. A few of the favorites are the “Anejo Mint,” made with anejo tequila, Grand Marnier, agave, mint and lemon, and also the “Holy Bull,” with blanco tequila, crème de cassis, lime and ginger ale. Have no fear, if tequila and bourbon are not your style, you can always have an ice cold beer to enjoy with your tacos.
The crowd at Imperial is all across the board with hipsters, businessmen, artists, musicians and families enjoying the fare and libations. This is a great place for tasty eats, a creative cocktail, a fun atmosphere and good times.
22828 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI