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Old 04-04-2014, 07:04 AM
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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?
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:40 AM
 
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Not a hole in the wall, but I had some really good Oaxacan Mexican recently while in San Jose on business. Still California, but not a border town.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Texas
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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?
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.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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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.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Sunny Bay Area, CA
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I live in the Bay Area, CA and there are some great hole in the wall Mexican places. My two favorites places are a place called La Milpa and also Casa Lupe.

There's also some amazing taquerias - Taqueria Latina is my favorite. Yum...now I'm craving Mexican food! It's one of my favorite cuisines. I just can't eat it too often.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:41 AM
 
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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?
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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Old 04-04-2014, 11:56 AM
 
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Since we moved from Phoenix to Raleigh, NC, we've eaten more bad to awful Mexican food than I care to think about.
Have you tried Gonza Tacos Y Tequila or Dos Taquitos? I haven't been to them myself (yet), but I've heard a lot of good reviews for not being the typical gringo mex that we get around here.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:25 PM
 
Location: The Carolinas
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campana de taco. There are a few locations around . .
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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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?
you can probably find good, authentic Mexican food in almost any decent sized metro area today, because we have so many Hispanics living in our country. I think what we get right here in NWA from the small mom and pop restaurants are as good as a lot we got in Dallas. Don't forget Southwestern food in NM. It is another form of Mexican food. In fact we have a new Mexican restaurant right here in our little town. It is always packed, the owner and the wait staff do not speak top of the line English, but they know what we like and they do it right.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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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.
Thank is like saying you want good, home cooking go to the restaurant the truck drivers use: I have found this not to be necessarily true. Remember if all those eating in the Mexican restaurant are Mexican but have been raised in the USA they may not know good Mexican food any better than a gringo.
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