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View Poll Results: What city makes the best Mexican food?
San Diego 46 8.27%
Los Angeles 133 23.92%
Pheonix 19 3.42%
Las Vegas 1 0.18%
Alburqurque 71 12.77%
Dallas 69 12.41%
San Anotonio 83 14.93%
Dallas/Fort Worth 10 1.80%
Houston 45 8.09%
Other 79 14.21%
Voters: 556. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-28-2014, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Texas cities combined are winning over any other state's cities combined. I'm just sayin'!
You have to keep in mind that San Francisco isn't on the list. It could very well represent the 54 votes for "Other".
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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You have to keep in mind that San Francisco isn't on the list. It could very well represent the 54 votes for "Other".
I would have voted San Fran. I'm astounded that LA is leading this poll, but it's probably because people just vote for it because "there are a lot of Mexicans there and it's near Mexico" and don't have any actual experience with Mexican food around the country.
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:57 AM
 
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I would have voted San Fran. I'm astounded that LA is leading this poll, but it's probably because people just vote for it because "there are a lot of Mexicans there and it's near Mexico" and don't have any actual experience with Mexican food around the country.
Los Angeles does have a great varitey of Mexican food though--both regional Mexican styles, taquerias, and more modern updates on it. You won't find neighborhoods full of strictly Oaxacan restaurants in a lot of other US cities(though this is changing too). I dunno, I grew up near San Francisco on the edge of the Bay Area, lived there for a year at one point, and I can't remember havingit that exceptional of Mexican food there that was better than anywhere else in California. You can find good Mexican food all over the place in California--and depending on the Mexican population you can get a variety of different options. The best Mexican food we had growing up was in little Watsonville--which is a farmtown which is like 70 percent Mexican.

Restaurants come and go so quickly though and new ones open so fast in US cities, that polls like this are usually just people going on their own favorites and then basing the rest on stereotypes--since I doubt few people have tried a lot of different Mexican restaurants in every single city listed. Where I live had little good Mexican 10 years ago, now with a growing Mexican population and a taste for more interesting regional Mexican food(we have a really great place from a cook from Guerrero that makes really good moles)--though it wouldn't rank even in the top 15 cities in the US most likely. Mexican food is more reliable across the entire Western US(and much of the US) today, because there's so many Mexican immigrants everywhere. At the minimum, I can at least find a place to get good carnitas, birria, and tacos al pastor in even little country farm towns in the Pacific Northwest...

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Old 04-28-2014, 12:01 PM
 
Location: LBC
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I would have voted San Fran. I'm astounded that LA is leading this poll, but it's probably because people just vote for it because "there are a lot of Mexicans there and it's near Mexico" and don't have any actual experience with Mexican food around the country.
Then again, you also claimed you can't find good burgers in LA either.
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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No, I "claimed" that the burgers there were more expensive and not as good as the ones I'm used to here. But nice try!
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:30 PM
 
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RE: Watsonville - It is pretty hit or miss in my experience.
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:38 PM
 
Location: LBC
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No, I "claimed" that the burgers there were more expensive and not as good as the ones I'm used to here. But nice try!
Fair enough. "You get better burgers in Milwaukee than you do anywhere in California, and at half the price." If a city with a population of 600k can deliver a better rendering of the signature American dish than any place in the largest state in the country, then I guess itís plausible Mexican food can be better in the Bay than in Los Angeles.
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:46 PM
 
Location: The Bay
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Fair enough. "You get better burgers in Milwaukee than you do anywhere in California, and at half the price." If a city with a population of 600k can deliver a better rendering of the signature American dish than any place in the largest state in the country, then I guess itís plausible Mexican food can be better in the Bay than in Los Angeles.

East Oakland can easily compete with anywhere in LA on Mexican food. Redwood City and San Jose are also good; SF is noticeably not as consistent as any of the above but has some great individual taquerias and restaurants. O/A though East Oakland in my experience has the best selection of taco trucks and taquerias in the Bay while RWC has a slight edge on sit-down Mexican restaurants.
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:09 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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While the "best" Mexican food in either the SF Bay Area or Southern Ca (LA and SD) are fairly equal in how good it is, I feel like it's not as widespread in the Bay Area. Seems like the best or good Mexican food is found primarily in ethnic enclaves/areas with high percentage of Latino's. While in Southern CA good Mexican food is easier to find in areas w/o a high population of Latinos. I live in Central Contra Costa County and outside the Monument Blvd corridor in Concord, I really find the whole area lacking for the most part. And some of these places people rave about (La Pintata, Los Ponchos, etc..) are awful to mediocre at best. Just seems like its easier to come across good Mexican food in LA and SD than the Bay Area in my experience.

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Old 04-28-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Not trying to pick a fight here, but what are the best Mexican places in SF? I'm there quite frequently (I'll be there Friday-Tuesday) and while I've had some really good Mexican food there, it doesn't compare to what I had in Tucson (another that's not on the list)- a city I didn't get to explore all that much. Maybe I just didn't check the right places. I'd love a suggestion or two.
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