I’ve had some great times, flavors and drinks here… a few visits where quality was inconsistent, but Imperial does bring me back. Their salsa trio, guacamole and variety of tacos are not your ordinary “American Mexican.” They veer more to the “American new Mexican,” and though their menu is small, their tequila cocktails, taco specials and flavorful regular options make this a very popular place in Ferndale. Expect to sit at shared tables with Ferndale hipsters and get there before 7:00 as it fills up. My friend enjoys the bacon-wrapped Sonoran hotdog, and I crave the fish tacos (served on Mondays only). These have been hit and miss, the fish portion shrinking and depending on the “extras” they include each time. I always cross my fingers for anything mango or pickled. Vegetarian taco specials have a good track record and their chorizo tacos are always moist. Lately I’ve enjoyed the al pastor tacos. There is one consistent miss for me- the chicken tacos have been dry every time I’ve ordered them, so I don’t get them anymore. Easy enough to avoid!
Giving you a taste of what I taste. From gourmet to everyday. No pretentious bull - just good food.