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Old 08-03-2014, 07:34 AM
 
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I like El Porton. I think it has the best Mexican food in ATL and the closest you're going to get to SD or Tex-Mex style.
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Old 08-03-2014, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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Love me some Uncle Julio's!
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:28 PM
 
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Well no wonder you guys dont like Mexican here, talk about going to some crappy chain restaurants! Try some authenic places and its a lot different. I will have to second El Patron off buford highway, very good and super cheap! That corridor of buford highway is heavily mexican, so there are quite a few mexican restaurants there (cheaper, mostly hole in the walls, not your Uncle Julios chain types).
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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Well no wonder you guys dont like Mexican here, talk about going to some crappy chain restaurants! Try some authenic places and its a lot different. I will have to second El Patron off buford highway, very good and super cheap! That corridor of buford highway is heavily mexican, so there are quite a few mexican restaurants there (cheaper, mostly hole in the walls, not your Uncle Julios chain types).
In what way is El Patron very good? We love Mexican food, but I've been told that the Uncle Julios of the world are really TexMex. I have no clue what the difference is between TexMex and "authentic" Mexican. Is El Patron the authentic variety? What's the difference? Thanks!
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:09 PM
 
Location: West Cobb (formerly Vinings)
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I googled Roberto's and can't figure out what it is. It looks like a Manhatten style stand with seats. Is it a cantina and I was just looking at misrepresentative pictures?

Is this americanized (Tex-Mex) mexican or authentic mexican?

If Americanized... You may want to try Taco Mac or Cinco's in Cumberland (Atlanta addresses) near the I-285/I-75 interchange, or On The Border in Kennesaw (queue the heckling about all of these being chains)

If real Mexican, they are allll over the place... Usually mom and pop shops.

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Old 08-04-2014, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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In what way is El Patron very good? We love Mexican food, but I've been told that the Uncle Julios of the world are really TexMex. I have no clue what the difference is between TexMex and "authentic" Mexican. Is El Patron the authentic variety? What's the difference? Thanks!
Here's an article to help.Traditional Mexican Food Vs Tex-Mex Food - What's the Difference?
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:16 PM
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In what way is El Patron very good? We love Mexican food, but I've been told that the Uncle Julios of the world are really TexMex. I have no clue what the difference is between TexMex and "authentic" Mexican. Is El Patron the authentic variety? What's the difference? Thanks!
Nuevo Laredo is Tex-mex. Has good fajitas and great hole in the wall atmosphere.
Uncle Julios is a Tex-mex chain out of Dallas. Last time I went (and it will be the last time) I had taco meat so fatty I couldn't even eat it. I've never had anyone mess up tacos before. And they didn't seem interested in fixing the problem.

Haven't run across any California style Mexican food places.

Our favorite here is Pappasitos which is a Tex-mex chain out of Houston. It was pretty well down our list in Houston but they have high quality food.
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:26 PM
 
Location: West Cobb (formerly Vinings)
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I like the authentic Mexican restaurant on Roswell Rd in Marietta - Los Reyes. Kitty-corner to the big chicken.

Edit: There's another similar one over near Aqua Blue in Roswell or maybe in Alpharetta, that's just as good, but I can't find the stupid thing on the map. Everything along 400 looks so similar. Edit 2: I give up. Lose Reyes it is.

Los Bravos in Smyrna is pretty good.

Frontera in Cumberland on Power's Ferry.

Cinco's in Cumberland off Aker's Mill.

There's one in the Peachtree Center Mall downtown that's pretty good, and one in Castleberry Hill. Can't remember the name for either but they should be easy to find.

El Toro in Sandy Springs used to be good, but alas it is gone.

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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Hmm. Or rather, yummy! Thanks!
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:57 PM
 
Location: West Cobb (formerly Vinings)
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I've done some thinking based on the link Spade posted above, and basically everything in metro Atlanta is Tex-Mex. There's just various shades of grey on that front. You may do the best with taquerias, in my opinion. Sorry, dude :-)
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