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Old 04-04-2014, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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It's not the Mexicans that lose their cooking skills. It's the definition of Mexican food of the residents in those more northern states. The restaurant owners will serve what they will buy so that they can stay in business.

Since we moved from Phoenix to Raleigh, NC, we've eaten more bad to awful Mexican food than I care to think about. Gringo Mexican in the worst possible ways. We do have a few taco shops in less than desirable neighborhoods that we visit for lunch, and one good, 'real' Mexican restaurant that we've discovered. (but few of our neighbors will enjoy it as it's more authentic than they will tolerate. Read: No orange cheese covered enchilada's, chimichangas or fajitas are on the menu.)

Admittedly, we lived near Guadalajara for about ten months, so we're spoiled Gringos.
you make a good points or a few of them.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:39 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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One of the criteria I use to judge a Mexican restaurant is this:

If I'm the only gringo in the place, it's probably gonna be REAL good.
^^^ This. And this apply to any ethnic restaurant.

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It's not the Mexicans that lose their cooking skills. It's the definition of Mexican food of the residents in those more northern states. The restaurant owners will serve what they will buy so that they can stay in business.
"When Cortez conquered Mexico he introduced many new foods to the land that previously were not a part of the culture. “Recipes and ingredients from Africa, South America, Caribbean, France and the orient found their way through the Spanish - Mexico conduit”
The Mexican food that we Americans know is derived from a small portion of Mexican cuisine as a whole. Mexico is a large country that is divided up by its own sub-cultures, each of which have different types of food. A majority of the Mexican food that we consume here is considered Tex-Mex because it joins Mexican cuisine with American tastes."
http://americanizationofethniccuisines.blogspot.com/

But, sadly - when ethnic food get Americanized, it turns to ... not so good ethnic food

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Old 04-04-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Here, in North AL, you can find authentic Mexican fare, but it's only sold from taco trucks. Restaurants all have the same plates full of rice, lettuce, and cheese.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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^^^ That always makes me wonder: why people want to eat ethnic food, but expect it to be made to THEIR taste...
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:40 PM
 
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The best moles that I have ever tasted were at the Red Iguana in Salt Lake City and at one of Rick Frontera's restaurants in Chicago.
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I'm over 10 years into becoming a Texan, but I still prefer the California-style mexican food I grew up with. Luckily, with a ton of trial and error, I've learned to make my favorite dishes at home!

When we go out for Tex-Mex, we just keep our expectations lower, and we eat well enough.

(ducks, and runs from the room before the chipotle peppers start flying at her head)
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Picked up my dinner from a local place that is authentic in that the chefs, wait staff etc. all speak Spanish. Their food is good but not the best authentic Mexican food that I have had in the States. However, I will say that their salsa bar is to die for. It is more like a fast food restaurant with seating available but the prices are decent so out of the 5 Mexican restaurants in town they get the majority of my patronage.
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:06 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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The best is in LA, hands down. Great selection, prices and restaurants all over!
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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...and at one of Rick Frontera's restaurants in Chicago.
You mean Rick Bayless? Or does he have a restaurant by that name?
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Old 04-04-2014, 04:41 PM
 
Location: East of the Mississippi and South of Bluegrass
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According to people who live in CA, Arizona and Texas these are the only places where good Mexican food can be found.

Is there a line where Mexicans cross when heading North that they lose their cooking skills? I find it hard to believe that cooking skills are lost when you head further North.

Now I am not talking about Mexican chain restaurants that only make Tacos and Chimichanges but real hole in the wall restaurants where the food is authentic and the owners are just learning to speak English.

Are those places only found on the border towns?
No, not exactly! As bailey and others have indicated any metro area (and there are many) with a decent immigrant Mexican population there will always be many "hole in the wall, Mom & Pop" Mexican food options with a wide variety of regional Mexican choices. Chicago is at the top of my list!

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I would say no. There are many cities far from CA, AZ & TX where Mexicans live.

We've been to some excellent mom and pop places here in the Midwest who served authentic
Mexican cuisine (and most of the patrons were Mexican with a few gringos like us).
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