La Fuente – Ypsilanti, MI

Food Reviews, Ypsilanti

In my continued effort to highlight quality Mexican restaurants that haven’t won some dumb local award and aren’t named Tios in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area, I bring to you La Fuente.  This area is home to some excellent Mexican restaurants, but La Fuente will always be tops in my book.  This gem used to be down the street from my old apartment and provided my dinners 2-3 times per week.  Now, unfortunately, I only visit a few times per month.

Everything about about this place is perfect.  From the decor, to the service, to the food.   This place is amazing.  Seriously.  I love this place.  I want to write a detailed review, but it’s hard because I would probably use the word amazing about 500 times.  I will do my best, but I can’t guarantee that you will get anything out of this besides the fact that I absolutely adore La Fuente.

When you sit down, I guarantee you have chips and salsa in front of you within 10 seconds.  Like all great Mexican joints, there is a designated chips and salsa guy whose only job is to get you your chips and salsa in a timely manner.  It’s been the same guy for the five years I’ve been coming in.  I’m pretty sure all the guy does is hang out until he sees someone walk in, sprints to the kitchen, and sprints back with a pitcher of salsa and a basket of warm tortilla chips that taste like fresh corn taco shells that have been cut into the shape of tortilla chips.  They’re extremely crunchy and extremely good.  The salsa is a perfect blend between smooth and chunky, with chunks of onion and cilantro.  I can honestly say that La Fuente has the chips and salsa, served by the best damn chips and salsa guy in the area.



I could probably sit and fill myself up on chips and salsa while drinking water, but what fun is water?  La Fuente proudly serves 42 oz. margaritas.  You can get smaller sizes, but why would you?


La Fuente’s menu contains about 100 items, no exaggerating.  From combos, to tamales, burritos, and Mexican specialties.  It’s all there.  I’m the type of person who likes to branch out and try different things, but here I tend to stick with the Chori Pollo.  Because.. Well.. It’s one of my favorite Mexican dishes of all time.  Marinated chicken breast topped with chorizo, a slice of pineapple, and cheese..  Served with rice and beans and two freshly made tortillas.  Ohhh man.


I’m honestly emotional just writing this review.  Sorry I didn’t have much for you besides “This place is amazing”, and “Ohhhh Man”.  It’s just that good.  I urge you to drive many miles to try this place out.

La Fuente
1930 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197-9432