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Old 04-29-2008, 08:47 AM
 
Location: ITP
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This is meant to be a friendly discussion about Mexican food. Everytime I travel to Dallas, I have the best Mexican food (Tex-Mex) and I eat at different establishments each visit. I may be moving there soon and I see this as one of the plusses, especially since I'm a foody. However, a lot of Californians who move to Texas express disappointment in the local Mexican cuisine. To someone like me, who can't find a decent Mexican joint here in Atlanta, it seems kind of crazy. What exactly are the differences between Mexican food in California and Texas and which do you prefer. Keep it civil because I don't want to be blamed for inciting a riot.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Oh lordy. Here it comes.

If you like the tex-mex already, you will be happy.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: WA
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In much of the country the Mexican food is something different than TexMex. I don't eat it. Whenever in Texas I eat TexMex and elsewhere is just avoid Mexican food.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Mesquite, TX
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Taco Bell was founded in California...that should tell you all you need to know!!!

I keed....I keed....

or do I?
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I prefer to split the difference with the mexican food from New Mexico (such as Blue Mesa in Dallas). This is more southwest with its use of red and green sauces, and blue corn and maise, and black beans (there is much more indian influence). California has a more southwest influence. Tex-Mex has a lot of chile, i.e. chile con carne as their sauce, like over enchiladas with a lot more use of pinto beans than black beans. There are great Tex Mex in the Dallas area. My favorite is Dos Rios in Richardson (Coit & Beltline). This is a spin-off of Matt's Ranchero, started by a couple of former employees. At least they used to work there, and some of the food is very similar. Blue Goose is another favorite, but they really try to fatten you up.
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:27 AM
 
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El Torito -- the pinnacle of bland, boring California Mex. Also I don't consider fish tacos to be Tex-Mex.

I like different Tex-Mex places for different items -- if you want to go to Matt's Rancho Martinez (next to Lakewood Theater - great patio), e.g. then the chile relleno is the thing to have...
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Matt's Rancho Martinez (next to Lakewood Theater - great patio), e.g. then the chile relleno is the thing to have...
Best thing on the menu!
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Keller TX
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2 things I've noticed about Tex Mex... queso poured on or in most things and ground beef. CA mex usually uses shredded beef.
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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California - crispy taco shells made fresh and a bit greasy. (I'm not talking health food here but they are sooo good!)

Texas - crispy taco shells from the Taco Bell factory.
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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California - crispy taco shells made fresh and a bit greasy. (I'm not talking health food here but they are sooo good!)

Texas - crispy taco shells from the Taco Bell factory.
Or maybe the Old El Paso cannery.
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