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View Poll Results: US City with the best Mexican Food
San Diego 23 6.89%
Los Angeles 81 24.25%
SF Bay Area 19 5.69%
Phoenix/Tucson 17 5.09%
Albuquerque/Santa Fe 35 10.48%
El Paso 13 3.89%
San Antonio 45 13.47%
Houston 27 8.08%
Dallas 14 4.19%
New York City 4 1.20%
Chicago 27 8.08%
Somewhere else 29 8.68%
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: America
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Meh. I'd bet that a great deal of that is just California's glamorized spin on the cuisine. The burritos that San Francisco are popular far aren't exactly authentic Mexican.

I honestly believe that the best real Mexican is found somewhere along the border in New Mexico or West Texas somewhere. But Cali will obviously have a monopoly on the Baja variety.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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Meh. I'd bet that a great deal of that is just California's glamorized spin on the cuisine. The burritos that San Francisco are popular far aren't exactly authentic Mexican.

I honestly believe that the best real Mexican is found somewhere along the border in New Mexico or West Texas somewhere. But Cali will obviously have a monopoly on the Baja variety.


Or South Texas there's some really good places in the Valley some of the best Tex-Mex i've had outside of SA has been in McAllen
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Meh. I'd bet that a great deal of that is just California's glamorized spin on the cuisine. The burritos that San Francisco are popular far aren't exactly authentic Mexican.

I honestly believe that the best real Mexican is found somewhere along the border in New Mexico or West Texas somewhere. But Cali will obviously have a monopoly on the Baja variety.
There are places that have "Glamorized California Mexican" for sure, (fast food joints like "Wahoos", "Rubios" come to mind) but with the sheer amount of Mexicans living in California there are endless amounts of legit authentic eateries as well.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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Meh. I'd bet that a great deal of that is just California's glamorized spin on the cuisine. The burritos that San Francisco are popular far aren't exactly authentic Mexican.

I honestly believe that the best real Mexican is found somewhere along the border in New Mexico or West Texas somewhere. But Cali will obviously have a monopoly on the Baja variety.
The only style of Mexican food that originated in Baja is fish/shrimp tacos. Baja-style is just some marketing idea for national chain restaurants that doesn't even mean anything. Except for seafood, Baja isn't really that renowned for a regional cuisine---probably less than every other region of Mexico. San Diego has a lot of fish taco places as that's where it was popularized in the US and it's right over the border from Baja.

Mission burritos are a Northern California variation that were brought by migrant Mexican workers in the Central Valley and later SF. It's not traditional Mexican food, but it was created and popularized by Mexicans. It's different than what you'd find as a burrito in Northern Mexico where they originated, but so is TexMex, which isn't a style you're going to find in Central or Southern Mexico outside places for American tourists.

That being said, it's easy to find good regional Mexican food brought by immigrants from all over Mexico in most parts of California. Like it's been pointed out, California has one of the most diverse groups of Mexican migrants from regions. It's not as if someone in Los Angeles is only going to find Americanized Southwestern or TexMex-style Mexican restaurants--there's plenty of authentic choices for a city that has well over a million Mexicans living there.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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SF style burritos are incredibly overrated, I don't get the hype. Too much bean and rice filler in them imo.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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SF style burritos are incredibly overrated, I don't get the hype. Too much bean and rice filler in them imo.
Same here. Ill take a al pastor pura carne burrito from el taurino or king taco in la over a mission burrito anyday.
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Old 06-08-2011, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Fine make me go out and post the story!

This is from KOAA, a news station in Pueblo:

Out of 200 of the smaller cities and towns on it's list of most livable cities, Pueblo was chosen as the 10th best for food and culture.

The link: Pueblo ranks in top 10 on food list | NewsFirst5.com | Colorado Springs | Pueblo |

On the link you can see the story that KOAA had live on its news cast and it goes into more detail.
Thanks for proving my point. Like I said, there are many small cities out there that could make thoae claims and you are not of the 10 best overall cities in terms of culture and food.
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Tex-Mex is awesome and so is New Mexico style, but I always wanted to try the baja cuisine out in California.
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Old 06-09-2011, 07:42 AM
 
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Authentic Mexican? I'm not sure, but would imagine that it's somewhere along the border.

Contrary to what many believe, the overwhelming majority of what is available in Texas is Tex-Mex and not "real" Mexican food (which can still be found here, though)...and of course, as the capital of Tejano culture, San Antonio gets the title for the best Tex-Mex in the world.
There's plenty of authentic Mexican in Texas. 9million Hispanics, there's quite alot of authentic. But yeah, the best ones are probably in South Texas along the boarder, or Coastal Texas, like Corpus Christi. I wonder if Corpus has there own brand of Fish Tacos, or if Corpus has cuisine inspired by Veracruz and the Gulf Coast of Mexico.
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:16 AM
 
Location: America
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There's plenty of authentic Mexican in Texas. 9million Hispanics, there's quite alot of authentic. But yeah, the best ones are probably in South Texas along the boarder, or Coastal Texas, like Corpus Christi. I wonder if Corpus has there own brand of Fish Tacos, or if Corpus has cuisine inspired by Veracruz and the Gulf Coast of Mexico.
I didn't say there wasn't any, I said that a majority of the restaurants here will be Tex-Mex.
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