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Old 10-05-2018, 01:30 PM
 
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Seriously, until I ate Mexican food in Mexico, I had no clue that it wasnít a puddle of brown moosh with cheese melted all over it.

We had fresh cold seafood and vegetables and fruit. Not a refried bean in sight. Near us now, is a very authentic taco place. It has a lovely variety of fresh tacos with handmade tortillas.

The real deal IS out there, but you have to look for it.
Yes, and I have found several authentic Mexican restaurants that I really love. All family owned, some are hole-in-the-wall places.

But nearly every time we eat at one of them we hear people complaining because they donít provide free chips and salsa, there isnít enough cheese, and why donít they have crunchy tacos?


Also people complain about the prices. They arenít expensive but these people want $6.99 lunch specials.

Basically they are looking for TexMex restaurants that offer cheap lunch specials that are covered in brown sauce and a quarter pound of melted cheese.

And donít forget that free basket of chips and some mild salsa.
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Old 10-05-2018, 01:37 PM
 
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Yup, found this truly hole in the wall place on I10 in Texas two years ago. Was wonderful!
Love this. And bonus points for the hole-in-the wall places have their menu written on the wall in Spanish only.
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Old 10-05-2018, 03:06 PM
 
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Mine is sauerbraten. Many restaurants serve pot roast with some vinegary brown sauce.

For authentic sauerbraten, the meat is marinated/pickled for several days in a mixture of vinegar or wine, water, herbs, spices, and seasonings.

Also the sauce is never right: it should have crushed ginger snaps in it.
Honestly? American food. So much of it is derived from ethnic dishes, that the very Americanization of it is a slap in the face.

No, I'm not moving to Canada, because you have access to different types of cuisine here, for those who are wondering.
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Old 10-05-2018, 06:46 PM
 
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Basically they are looking for TexMex restaurants that offer cheap lunch specials that are covered in brown sauce and a quarter pound of melted cheese.
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Seriously, until I ate Mexican food in Mexico, I had no clue that it wasnít a puddle of brown moosh with cheese melted all over it.
If you guys object to food covered in sauce so much, don't the Tex Mex places near you guys offer things like tacos, burritos, and fajitas?

I like lots of Mexican food that is covered in sauce, but usually there are other options on menus.
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Old 10-05-2018, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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This is more a matter of personal taste, but most places that serve matzoball soup make them WAY too fluffy! There are two ways to make them, floaters or sinkers, and I happen to prefer the latter. Even the Jewish delis make them too light & airy for my taste, but I was raised eating my mother's VERY dense matzoballs. So YMMV.

I'm also pretty spoiled when it comes to Indian food, since I live in Silicon Valley - where there's an authentic Indian restaurant and/or market on almost every block. Recently I was in Oregon, and my friend (from there) convinced me to eat at their ONE Indian buffet. It was soooo bland! If you don't go through at least 2-3 drinks while eating an Indian meal, it's simply not spicy enough to qualify.
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Old 10-05-2018, 06:53 PM
 
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Fish is a delicate meat, and should only be cooked until the flesh changes color. It's almost impossible to grill fish without wrecking it.
Depends. Some fish like salmon and tuna aren't really that delicate.

As for grilling, you're doing it wrong. Try grilling whole fish using a fish griller basket that is brushed with olive oil. There are a gazillion street vendors around here who serve up delicious whole fish on a stick from the grill (since grill baskets aren't as commonly available) they thread the stick Warren Beatty Deliverance style then out the mouth. You can also use a tin foil pouch a la Gus Fring, I prefer the outside a little more crispy but some people really dig the foil method.
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Old 10-05-2018, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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3. Philly steak sandwich. In vast areas of the US they are just not available. If you see it on the menu, don't even try. It's about has hard to find a decent Reuben.
My mother was born & raised in Philly, and will say that any cheese steak outside of Philly is just a waste of your money/calories... and if they don't use Cheez Whiz, fuggedaboutit!
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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My mother was born & raised in Philly, and will say that any cheese steak outside of Philly is just a waste of your money/calories... and if they don't use Cheez Whiz, fuggedaboutit!
I agree with your mother, but I did find a good cheese steak sandwich once from a street vendor in Atlanta. The only reason I tried it was that the grill was right in front of me, and I saw what he was doing. Other than that, if I want a decent cheese steak sandwich I make my own.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:51 PM
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This is more a matter of personal taste, but most places that serve matzoball soup make them WAY too fluffy! There are two ways to make them, floaters or sinkers, and I happen to prefer the latter. Even the Jewish delis make them too light & airy for my taste, but I was raised eating my mother's VERY dense matzoballs. So YMMV.

I'm also pretty spoiled when it comes to Indian food, since I live in Silicon Valley - where there's an authentic Indian restaurant and/or market on almost every block. Recently I was in Oregon, and my friend (from there) convinced me to eat at their ONE Indian buffet. It was soooo bland! If you don't go through at least 2-3 drinks while eating an Indian meal, it's simply not spicy enough to qualify.
If you use drinks to cool the spice you are doing it waaaaay too wrong.

The real Indians use starches and yogurts for the cooling process. Liquids won't do it.
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Old 10-05-2018, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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If you use drinks to cool the spice you are doing it waaaaay too wrong.

The real Indians use starches and yogurts for the cooling process. Liquids won't do it.
Yeah, I use those too... but Iím a white/American girl, so I need a little EXTRA cooling. LOL
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