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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 12-23-2015, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Ask Waldo
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I've had dined in Mexican restaurants in all the named cities and IHO, Alburqurque came out tops. Please note, I've never been to Mexico, so I really don't know how it compares to Mexican food.

I did love the experience in Old town San Diego though. I was amused by the no name mexican eateries in the old town, or was it close to the old town.
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Old 12-23-2015, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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You can get great Mexican food in New Mexico, but can we please stop referring to New Mexican food as authentic Mexican? Because it's not.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:36 PM
 
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You can get great Mexican food in New Mexico, but can we please stop referring to New Mexican food as authentic Mexican? Because it's not.
Seriously. Like we get it. Food there is good. But it's not authentic Mexican. LA is the most authentic. Hands down.

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I've had dined in Mexican restaurants in all the named cities and IHO, Alburqurque came out tops. Please note, I've never been to Mexico, so I really don't know how it compares to Mexican food.

I did love the experience in Old town San Diego though. I was amused by the no name mexican eateries in the old town, or was it close to the old town.
You might have enjoyed the food in ABQ the most, but that doesn't mean it was the best Mexican food. It's NEW Mexican food. NOT Mexican food. If you've never been to Mexico, but you've eaten Mexican food in LA, you've eaten the closest equivalent to authentic Mexican food. Whether you enjoyed it as much or not is personal opinion. But it's obviously the most authentic Mexican food.

And Old Town SD is a lot of tourist restaurants. Haven't eaten there. Could be good food. But it's a tourist destination mostly. Try going to a taco stand in Chula Vista or National City or City Heights or plenty of other neighborhoods. If you've never eaten at a rundown hole in the wall or a random taco stand in SoCal, you've never had authentic Mexican food in the US.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Seriously. Like we get it. Food there is good. But it's not authentic Mexican. LA is the most authentic. Hands down.
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I think people get the two confused often.

I think if one looks to where there are large amounts of foreign born Mexicans (not of Mexican ancestry, but foreign born), you will find the best authentic Mexican food. Naturally LA takes the cake obviously, but then you have cities like Chicago, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Diego, parts of the Bay Area, El Paso, and Phoenix that are also very good.

Albuquerque has relatively few foreign born Mexicans, though New Mexican food is amazing. I wouldn't call the authentic Mexican food there exceptional at all.

I like the following example. Dallas has amazing authentic Mexican food, but the Tex-Mex is nothing to write home about. Austin is the exact opposite of Dallas. Houston and Fort Worth are great at both.

All of this is just my two cents.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:57 PM
 
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I think people get the two confused often.

I think if one looks to where there are large amounts of foreign born Mexicans (not of Mexican ancestry, but foreign born), you will find the best authentic Mexican food. Naturally LA takes the cake obviously, but then you have cities like Chicago, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Diego, parts of the Bay Area, El Paso, and Phoenix that are also very good.

Albuquerque has relatively few foreign born Mexicans, though New Mexican food is amazing. I wouldn't call the authentic Mexican food there exceptional at all.

I like the following example. Dallas has amazing authentic Mexican food, but the Tex-Mex is nothing to write home about. Austin is the exact opposite of Dallas. Houston and Fort Worth are great at both.

All of this is just my two cents.
It's the same reason that the west coast is seriously lacking in the Italian food matchup. We simply don't have the large Italian populations of east coast cities like Boston, NYC, Philly, and Chicago.

I've had Mexican food in many many cities haha. LA is definitely the best and I always use it as a barometer to the quality I get elsewhere. SF in the city is pretty gross, tbh. Head to San Jose where the Mexican population is larger.

Chicago definitely has the best Mexican food of any city in a state that doesn't border Mexico. Because the population of Mexicans is very large there.

Hell, even Louisville has some great Mexican food! One of my best friends there is a Mexican from East San Jose and we've given the seal of approval to a few different taquerias in Louisville where I'm almost always the only gringo in the entire place. But we go to the heavily Mexican neighborhood for them.

We all know the elitist attitude SF has towards LA, but I've never once heard a San Franciscan argue that their Mexican food is actually better. They may say they prefer the Mission style burrito, but they'll never deny the superior authenticity of tacos and actual Mexican style Mexican food. Though I can think of one specific poster on here who may argue differently...
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Old 12-24-2015, 11:23 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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You can get great Mexican food in New Mexico, but can we please stop referring to New Mexican food as authentic Mexican? Because it's not.
New Mexican food is authentic New Mexican food. Just as Oaxacan food is authentic Oaxacan food and Yucatan food is authentic Yucatan food, etc. There is really no such thing as 'Mexican' food. Mexico is a state with artificial borders, not an isloated cuisine generator existing in a vacuum. If Mexico moved its border up to the Colorado line, New Mexican food would suddenly be a regional 'authentic' Mexican food.

New Mexican food, like the cuisines of Mexico, is a fusion of indigenous, Spanish, and other European and middle eastern cuisines and like cuisines from the country of Mexico relies heavily on the same ingredients and techniques as many regional Mexican cusines, especially those of northern Mexico. But it is its own thing just as the food in Veracruz is distinct from the food of Michoacan.
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Old 12-25-2015, 01:29 AM
 
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You know that the average American is clueless and not well traveled when they think Dallas has better Mexican food than San Diego and Houston. Too funny...
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Old 12-26-2015, 10:09 PM
 
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The Central Valley in California: (Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield) all have really good Mexican food too!
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Old 12-27-2015, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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You know that the average American is clueless and not well traveled when they think Dallas has better Mexican food than San Diego and Houston. Too funny...
Who said that? I wouldn't put it above Houston or San Diego, but probably on the same level as Chicago and the Bay Area.

Dallas does have really good authentic Mexican food, though the I wasn't impressed with the Tex-Mex. Fort Worth has good both.
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Old 12-27-2015, 12:19 PM
 
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Not surprised with LA winning this poll with the Texan vote divided among several cities. I'm not going to vote as I wouldn't have a clue.
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