Honey Bee market

Mexicantown’s Honey Bee / La Colmena Market has a nice article in The Detroit News today.

This is the place my mom counts on for high-quality ingredients. My extended family is a little particular when it comes to Mexican food, so she only buys the best. Two key purchases would be chorizo (pork sausage seasoned usually with chili or paprika) and honeycomb beef tripe (as in cow stomach) for menudo, my least favorite dish of all-time. Tripe, hominy and chile, stewed for hours with garlic, lemon and other spices. They say it cures a hangover, but I don’t care. My mom tells me I ate it when I was a baby and she is either 1) lying or 2) about to get reported for cruel and unusual punishment.

But back to Honey Bee. The business was started in 1956 and now the granddaughter of the original owners runs the market with her husband. It’s a one-stop shop for anything and everything: whole cooked beef heads, spices, fresh and dried chiles, tortillas, rice, beans, hominy, fresh produce, cookware. And on and on.

And it’s incredibly busy — next month, they will break ground in a new location that will triple its size to 14,000 square feet. But for now, Honey Bee sits at 2443 Bagley and is open Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm and Sun, 9am-6pm. Stop in and buy a beef head! It’s good for you.

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