Humbly chic Mexican eatery Dolores (6 S Washington St, Ypsilanti) recently opened in Downtown Ypsi after almost five years of renovations. Owners and operators, husband-and-wife team Andrew Epstein and Marcela Rubio-Orozco apply their decade of life in Los Angeles to creating a polished space that plates well-balanced tacos and tostadas complemented with a pleasing tequila medley. Epstein and Rubio-Orozco share kitchen memories, favorite local haunts and humble-yet-appropriate requests their respective last meals on Earth.
Where’s your go-to local grocery store when cooking at home? Meijer and Galleria Market on Packard.
Where do you go for a night out? The OG Knights (on Dexter Rd), Ollie Food + Spirits, The Ravens Club, Fraser’s, Stivers and Roy’s Squeeze Inn.
What country or environs do you find yourself turning to for culinary inspiration? Mexican and Asian culture, cuisine, ingredients, techniques and flavors.
What’s your earliest memory of cooking?
Andrew: My father making tuna salad.
Marcela: Cleaning beans with my abuelita.
Aside from your home restaurant, which eatery is your favorite in Washtenaw county?
Macheko Grill for its fresh, clean and delicious Korean BBQ.
What’s your favorite all-time meal and what drink did you pair it with?
Sushi at Saito’s in Los Angeles paired with Kirin beer and Hakkaisan sake.
What would you choose as your last meal on Earth?
Andrew: Carne Asada Tacos.
Marcela: Gorditas de chicharron, enchiladas de Potosinas, ensalada de nopales, fresh orange juice, one mango.