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Old 01-22-2018, 04:27 PM
 
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Hi guys, just wondering which state you would recommend for best Mexican food?
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Old 01-22-2018, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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New Mexico.
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Old 01-22-2018, 05:58 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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California, especially Southern California. East LA, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Mid-City.
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Old 01-22-2018, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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The usual answers to this are California, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona. But interestingly, Eastern Washington State also offers traditional authentic Mexican fare as well.
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Old 01-22-2018, 06:11 PM
 
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California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, New York, Virginia, etc.

You can find authentic Mexican food in any state with a lot of Mexican people. California and Texas likely have the most diversity, though.
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Old 01-22-2018, 06:13 PM
 
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The usual answers to this are California, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona. But interestingly, Eastern Washington State also offers traditional authentic Mexican fare as well.
That's not unusual to me at all, I always knew there were plenty of Mexicans in Washington state. There are plenty of Mexicans in the Washington DC area too, at least NoVa.
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:22 PM
 
Location: New York Metropolitan Area
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From my experience definitely Southern California and Arizona.
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Old 01-22-2018, 11:00 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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California, for the following reasons:

The state has hundreds of thousands of Mexican immigrants from all over Mexico and from all backgrounds and experience in Mexican cuisine from street food through fine dining. There is a large population of Californians, of Mexican and American origin who demand authentic Mexican food.



Many have mentioned New Mexico, but I have to respectfully disagree. New Mexico has a relatively small population of Mexicans, the vast majority of whom are from just a couple of states which border the US. There is a relatively small population in general in New Mexico so the demand for authentic Mexican cuisine is small.

While there is some real Mexican cuisine in NM, the vast majority of Mexican restaurants here are glorified Sonoran/Chihuahuan fast food aimed at immigrant Mexican laborers. It is not necessarily bad, but very limited in scope.

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Old 01-22-2018, 11:07 PM
 
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A lot of people have mentioned New Mexico, but I would disagree.

For one, there are not many Mexican restaurants here at all, and most that there are are glorified Sonoran/Chihuahuan fast food.

However, New Mexico is the best state for New Mexican food, by far.
The only state in the US with a Hispanic majority (mostly Mexican descent) doesn't have good Mexican food? I know a lot of the families are far removed from Mexico, but I thought there were plenty of immigrants as well.
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Old 01-23-2018, 11:54 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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The only state in the US with a Hispanic majority (mostly Mexican descent) doesn't have good Mexican food? I know a lot of the families are far removed from Mexico, but I thought there were plenty of immigrants as well.
Most Hispanic New Mexicans are not of Mexican descent.

New Mexico has its own cuisine which, while part of the broader Mesoamerican-Spanish fusion, is not technically "authentic Mexican" because New Mexico is not Mexico.
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