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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 07-21-2014, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Tucson, AZ has the best Mexican food I have ever eaten.
Agreed. South Tucson alone beats any big city I've ever eaten Mexican food in.
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Old 07-21-2014, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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The Mexican population throughout the Midwest has exploded in the last few decades. I think most would be shocked by the availability of decent Mexican food even in small Midwest towns these days. The agricultural and industrial economy of the region seems well suited to Mexicans.

Here's an article about Iowa's rapidly growing Hispanic population.

Iowa's hispanic population booms
I've actually had really good tacos in a relatively small college city in Iowa. I've had Mexican food in LA, Chicago, San Diego, Tucson, etc and this place would hold its own to a lot of places in any of those cities. I was surprised. Very authentic. There's also a few that have popped up where my parents live in Minnesota which are decent - may not compare as favorably to the ones I just talked about, but it would be considered "decent" if it were in LA. Far from bad, and actually pretty damn authentic.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:56 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I've only had Mexican in California, and Los Angeles serves the best, IMO.

I went to New York and ordered Mexican one day... That was a mistake. That's the last time I'll eat Mexican food outside of the Western states.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:08 AM
 
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I've only had Mexican in California, and Los Angeles serves the best, IMO.

I went to New York and ordered Mexican one day... That was a mistake. That's the last time I'll eat Mexican food outside of the Western states.
Supposedly you can find some decent Mexican in New York. Having been several times and trying at least 8 Mexican restaurants(though all in Manhattan and Brooklyn) I'm yet to find it. I've had a similar experience in Boston, Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Windsor(Canada) and Toronto.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:10 AM
 
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This thread reminded me of this list I just saw of the 50 best tacos in America. Mmmmm:

50 Best Tacos in America (Slideshow) | Slideshow | The Daily Meal
Although I was happy to see a San Francisco institution ranked #1, I don't feel it's deserved. There are several taquerias in the Bay Area more authentic, and tasty, than La Taqueria. Some of those tacos seem pretty legit, but some seem awful. "Puffy tacos?" Please...
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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Then again, you also claimed you can't find good burgers in LA either.
He seriously said that? This has got to be one of the best burger cities in the nation. Umami? Father's Office? Golden State? I feel like I've OD'ed on top shelf burgers since moving here.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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Ok thread, here's a sub-question:

If you had to pick one restaurant in your city that represents the best Mexican food your city has to offer, what would it be?

For LA, I'd have to go with Guisados:

Guisados - Boyle Heights - Los Angeles, CA | Yelp

They are about to open a new downtown location within waking distance of my place and I seriously feel like its Christmas.
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:16 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I think it's safe to say that most people prefer whatever type they've been accustomed to for most of their life. I grew up eating Texas style, and I've simply found most Mexican food outside of there to be not quite as flavorful and rich, which is what I prefer. I'm not sure I've even seen fatty barbacoa outside of Texas. The only thing that seems to be consistently good is the tortillas.

Oh and I'm pretty sure most have no real idea what great Tex Mex is. If you haven't eaten in San Antonio, chances are you've never experienced it.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Oh and I'm pretty sure most have no real idea what great Tex Mex is. If you haven't eaten in San Antonio, chances are you've never experienced it.
Yep. Most people who have never really spent much time in TX are quick to dismiss Tex-Mex, because let's face it... most 'Tex-Mex' restaurants (on a statewide level) are 10th rate procurers of formulaic, greasy crap... barely a few notches above Taco Bell. Try eating at the original La Fonda or Mi Tierra in San Antonio, or the original Ninfa's on Navigation in Houston, and then tell us about Tex-Mex. San Antonio especially has a higher standard of Tex-Mex than other cities in the state.

There is also this misperception that you can only get Tex-Mex style in Texas, which is a joke. In Houston and Austin alone, and I would also imagine Dallas... there are many restaurants specializing in authentic regional Mexican food representing pretty much every region of Mexico. Maybe if this was still the 60's or 70's then that argument would be valid.

I've eaten Mexican food in all the border states, and honestly it's all been pretty good, for the most part, though the differences from state to state can be pretty big. My personal favorite is the Sonoran style I had in South Tucson.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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LA is home to several places that make a hell of a "California Style" burrito -- french fries, guacamole, steak, hot sauce, cheese, all inside of it. I want to say Burrito King in Echo Park does a good job of making these. Also Taco Ariza (a truck) down the street from Burrito King does an amazing job of making a standard burrito as well.

San Francisco & San Diego also have amazing mexican food. In NJ I used to go to this place called Casa Maya in Meyersville which is probably the only excellent mexican place in the tri state area.

One time I had a burrito in Hoboken, NJ. My system was off for several days after that one!
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