Botanas and ABC’s

Did you know, botanas are apparently a Detroit phenomenon?

Two national food writers who specialize in Mexican and Mexican-American cuisine confirm the chorizo-bombbotana is likely a Detroit phenomenon. Neither had heard of the dish.
How odd is that?  Xoci’s was the family favorite, though, Julie taught us to be wary of the carrots, as they were pickled with the jalepenos (a story always shared at reunions, along with the Coffee Can Incident)!
Another dish locally taken for granted, that also, apparently, is relatively unique to the area is almond boneless chicken:

It’s been more than 20 years since I moved from a suburb on the east side of Detroit to San Francisco, and there are a few things I miss about my childhood home. When I say “a few” I mean three: my family, warm summer nights and almond boneless chicken.


If you don’t live in Michigan, you’ve probably never heard of the dish we call ABC — at least not the version served in nearly every Chinese restaurant from Detroit to Petoskey. The dish consists of a battered and deep fried chicken breast cut into thick slices, laid on a bed of iceberg lettuce and topped with mild brown gravy, toasted almonds and a sprinkling of green onions.

A Chung’s specialty, along with their fabulous eggrolls!  Served, similarly, was the lemon chicken which was Mom’s favorite.

ABC is so ubiquitous around here, that even the Greek coney’s sell it!


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