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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 04-28-2014, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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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.
Such a minor detail.

It's pretty insane that LA only has 21% of the vote considering the quantity, quality, and sheer variety of regional styles are unmatched in the US.
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:37 PM
 
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Then again, you also claimed you can't find good burgers in LA either.
Dude why are you arguing with someone from Wisconsin, you actually think this person knows anything about good Mexican food
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:38 PM
 
Location: LoS ScAnDaLoUs KiLLa CaLI
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Cities don't make food: people do. If you take a good chef from a city and stick them in the middle of nowhere, they'll still be great chefs.

I'd rather see restaurant vs. restaurant comparisons by city.
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:41 PM
 
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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.
That's exactly it, LA is very consistent with good Mexican food, and what people rave about in other places would be considered mediocre in LA.
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:42 PM
 
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Cities don't make food: people do. If you take a good chef from a city and stick them in the middle of nowhere, they'll still be great chefs.

I'd rather see restaurant vs. restaurant comparisons by city.
You're right but you also seem to forget how competition weeds out the weak.
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:50 PM
 
Location: LoS ScAnDaLoUs KiLLa CaLI
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You're right but you also seem to forget how competition weeds out the weak.
I don't know about that. If supply always exceeds demand, then it stands to reason that crappy restaurants of a type can still survive if there is demand for it. Not to mention that most people generally don't eat at every single restaurant in a city.

Hell, some crappy food places survive simply based on "ambience" and "cost" alone. Just ask chain places like Denny and how they survive with what they consider "food".

But this gets in the way of city boosting, so have it guys.
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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The four border states and Nevada (California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico) [Edge to California, considering Los Angeles alone has the world's second largest Mexican population, thus the foundations are in place].

Colorado / Illinois

Washington / Oregon / Utah
New York

After this point, the Mexican food can be had and can be great (as is the case with everything) but the quantity of elite Mexican food is probably minimal in the other states (my guess, don't actually know), I wouldn't even bother feeding that trash to my dog, let alone eat it myself. Have had "Mexican" food in Florida, Missouri, Louisiana, and Massachusetts from places with top Yelp/Urban Spoon/Internet reviews and I would describe it as utter trash.

I haven't been to all 50 states, only been to 38, but I'll be severely surprised if somewhere else is topping those states listed above.

For what it's worth, Mexican cuisine is amongst my favorite foods, so I'm a bit harsh on reviews.

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Old 04-28-2014, 07:10 PM
 
Location: The Bay
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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.

If by SF you mean the Bay Area then take your pick pretty much anywhere in Fruitvale or really just about anywhere on International Blvd. For some great tacos I recommend Taqueria 16 de Septiembre on 34th/International and La Torta Loca across the street for some great tortas, Mariscos La Costa on 37th/International has great seafood (along with pretty much everything else). If you're into taco trucks there's a lot of good ones to pick from, I recommend Taqueria Sinaloa on Fruitvale/E 12th. These are all a stone's throw outside of the Fruitvale BART station.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:33 PM
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Location: Ontario
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ABQ for the win Alex

Albuquerque
Las Cruces
El Paso
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:06 AM
 
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Dude why are you arguing with someone from Wisconsin, you actually think this person knows anything about good Mexican food
Wisconsin has some 360,000 Hispanics, the vast majority being Mexican. And some 18% of Milwaukee is Hispanic. I've had great Mexican food even in small cities in Wisconsin. People out West don't realize that Mexicans are everywhere and you can find regional Mexican specialities even in small Midwestern towns. Even little old Iowa saw its Hispanic population boom in the last census over 80% to 150,000 plus.

Now 300,000 is not the same size as Chicago and LA, but trust me, 300,000 Mexicans in Wisconsin hailing from all over that country are more than capable of making Mexican food every bit as good as can Mexicans in California.
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