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“convenient Tex-Mex food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of On the Border

On the Border
3310 Fairlane Dr, Allen Park, MI 48101-2872
313-908-5938
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Ranked #11 of 73 Restaurants in Allen Park
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“convenient Tex-Mex food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

The wait staff are usually attentive with the chips and salsa. One of our regular locations when going out for dinner. There are vegetarian options (even lime-cilantro rice).

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“Good Chain TexMex”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

I went during off hours and received good service and good food. I loved the salsa and have no complaints.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Detroit, Michigan
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45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Terrible service, even worse food.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

On the Border is barely Mexican food. If you're a Detroiter, and you have visited the authentic places in Mexicantown, you usually have high expectations. This is even worse then eating at Taco Bell.

The chips were the only thing that didn't gross me out. The salsa was terrible, not fresh. I tried the chicken tortilla soup. The tortilla strips were soggy, the soup was lukewarm, and the avocado slice on top was old. The taco shells break in one bite, the meat has no flavor and their refried beans were disgusting. Their prices are reasonable, but with food this terrible, I wouldn't eat it if it were free. Also, their servers are just awful. Every time I've been here, the service has been very rude and very slow. Don't waste your time.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Belleville, Michigan
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“There's many better places than this”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2010

This was from a carryout order so I can't judge the service (or the chips). The food didn't have that good taste I expect from Michigan area Mexican restaurants. I ordered 2 meals, a combo and the tomatillo chicken. The combo was chicken empanadas, beef empanadas, chile relleno.
Empanadas--Very light on the meat...about 1 to 6 ratio meat to pastry. Bland meat, bland pastry.
Relleno--Bland cheese. 3/4 inch breading (excessive) that didn't really add much to the flavor.
Tomatillo Chicken--Chicken had a plain taste with no real flavor from spices or the cooking process. Tomatillo sauce was...not to my flavor.
Sides--Rice & Beans were decent and I liked the corn added to the rice.
Salsa--Thick, almost like preserves. Not my flavor.

I'd recommend Dos Pesos (Belleville), Xochilmico's (Detroit), or Mexican Fiesta (Dbn Hts) over this place.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Detroit
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Don't Waste Your Time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2009

The food is bad and the service is terrible. I would not recommend this restaurant.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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