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View Poll Results: What city makes the best Mexican food?
San Diego 46 8.29%
Los Angeles 132 23.78%
Pheonix 19 3.42%
Las Vegas 1 0.18%
Alburqurque 71 12.79%
Dallas 69 12.43%
San Anotonio 83 14.95%
Dallas/Fort Worth 10 1.80%
Houston 45 8.11%
Other 79 14.23%
Voters: 555. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-05-2013, 08:41 PM
 
Location: san francisco
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I know all about Fiesta. I lived most of my life in Houston. I even owned a home a few blocks from one where I did all my shopping. It's good, but it's silly to dismiss the fresh farm-to-table food culture present in California (even in Mexican cuisine) by saying "Houston, a town three and a half hours away from where I live, has a Mexican supermarket, so it must have the same access to fresh ingredients," as Matt is attempting to do.

He doesn't mean it "tongue-in-cheek". He really doesn't understand this.
maybe i jumped on the topic. you are right about the fresh produce that california has that is vastly superior to anywhere in texas.

a bit off topic though... i was watching a anthony bourdain and they were talking about how fruits and vegetables aren't as good as in europe and they were wondering why. i mean, it just goes to show something about america in general maybe.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:43 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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I've been to all the cities in the poll... have I eaten mexican in all of them? no... My guess would be LA... many different styles there.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:45 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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maybe i jumped on the topic. you are right about the fresh produce that california has that is vastly superior to anywhere in texas.

a bit off topic though... i was watching a anthony bourdain and they were talking about how fruits and vegetables aren't as good as in europe and they were wondering why. i mean, it just goes to show something about america in general maybe.
They definitely ARE as good in Europe and in my experience meat and cheese is definitely better in Europe, at least in France, Italy and Spain, maybe not UK, Ireland, Scandinavia. Depends *WHAT* vegetables. The ones that are grown there and not imported are of course fine... Grapes are fruit also right? They grow everywhere...same with all kinds of olives.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:53 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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maybe i jumped on the topic. you are right about the fresh produce that california has that is vastly superior to anywhere in texas.

a bit off topic though... i was watching a anthony bourdain and they were talking about how fruits and vegetables aren't as good as in europe and they were wondering why. i mean, it just goes to show something about america in general maybe.
And yet, cities that lack the envied California produce are often viewed as superior culinary capitals to both Los Angeles and San Francisco. I'm not suggesting fresh ingredients are irrelevant, but it's clear that they aren't as paramount to excellent tasting food as some people seem to believe.

As for the subject, Houston has great Mexican food that is getting better, but I doubt I'd even put us in the top 5.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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And yet, cities that lack the envied California produce are often viewed as superior culinary capitals to both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In the US? If so, you need less than 1 hand to count the number of places on par or above LA or SF as culinary capitals.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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And yet, cities that lack the envied California produce are often viewed as superior culinary capitals to both Los Angeles and San Francisco. I'm not suggesting fresh ingredients are irrelevant, but it's clear that they aren't as paramount to excellent tasting food as some people seem to believe.

As for the subject, Houston has great Mexican food that is getting better, but I doubt I'd even put us in the top 5.
Fresh ingredients are extremely important. Just ask super chef Eric Ripert:

Yes, they are very lucky in California. The produce are amazing, really amazing. Here, we have great produce in the warm season. When it's 18 degrees outside in the winter, it's nothing. So, we have to import and we import very often from California and Florida, and sometimes, from South America and products, because if not, you are stuck in the winter with potatoes, and carrots, and maybe turnips.

If fresh ingredients were trivial, Mr. Ripert (and many other top tier chefs) wouldn't bother importing them. They'd make do with what's available.

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Old 09-05-2013, 10:22 PM
 
Location: So California
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LA and throughout California has the best .
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:50 PM
 
Location: worldwide
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Albuquerque -- no contest
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
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And yet, cities that lack the envied California produce are often viewed as superior culinary capitals to both Los Angeles and San Francisco. I'm not suggesting fresh ingredients are irrelevant, but it's clear that they aren't as paramount to excellent tasting food as some people seem to believe.

As for the subject, Houston has great Mexican food that is getting better, but I doubt I'd even put us in the top 5.
So, what are you saying? I think the fresh ingredients make a salient difference. Even so, I admit that SF is not a player in this world--despite being a consensus superior food city to those in question. LA is awesome for Mexican, however, in my opinion. Are there cities in Texas that are viewed as "superior culinary capitals" in authentic Mexican cuisine? ...only by Texans.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:07 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Los Angeles, hands down. For flavor, variety and price.
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