Mexican Food Top Picks!

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UncleVic
Sirloin
2004/11/03 18:29:42
Ok... I've read enough people complaining the threads are going everywhere but "RoadFood".. Though I personally enjoy reading them and all comments that go with it (I totally, IMO support them), I'll start a thread to bring us back to the origins...

MEXICAN FOOD!

Ok here it goes... I'm a burrito fantatic! BUT, my burro must be covered in a true meat sauce... I cant stand that enchilada sauce (Ranchero as some call it now) on top.. Actually, I wont even order a burro with that red sauce! My original love was from Chicos on Michigan Street in Grand Rapids, MI.. They have since closed... I miss their hot carrots they used to serve as a side dish with any food order (And they would burn munching on them... Probably to make ya drink more brews there)... But again, they're gone now.. Now my new love (and an old lost freind) is the Cantina in Kentwood.. Go thru their drive-thru, order a Cantina Special (Wet) for 5 bucks out the door with meat sauce and your in heaven! Most folk, with the exception being my brother, can hardly finish this burro! They have a good dinner menu inside also, but if ya order a burro, it's smaller, you get the typical refried beans and rice on the side and end up paying more... We have several other good Mexican food joints in town, but this is my favorite!

So I'm curious... What is your favorite dish, where from and why you like it so much? (Mexican food wise)...

Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 18:45:14
There are some old favorites that have gone by the wayside, but here is a "short list" that I want when I get a "hankerin'":

Old-fashioned tacos at Nuevo Leon, Austin, TX.
Carne guisada breakfast tacos at Porfirio's, Austin, TX.
Burrito Enchilada-Style at Mexican Villa, Springfield, MO.
El Patio Special (flat beef taco, bean & cheese chalupa, chile con queso, guacamole) at El Patio, Austin, TX.
Chorizo & egg breakfast (with fried potatoes, refried beans, homemade flour tortillas and the world's best hot sauce) at Joe's Bakery, Austin, TX.
Huevos Montelenos at Guero's, Austin, TX.


UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 19:08:46
Thanks Bushie! But excuse my ignorance, but what is Huevos Montelenos?
chezkatie
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 19:11:17
I am really not into Mexican food but there is a wonderful Mexican restaurant about 10 miles from us that we just love. The Mexican family that own it are very caring and lovely people and the food is terrific. They work so hard to have an attractive restaurant with great food. My favorite dish is the Carne De Puerco En Chile Verde. The pork is tender and the flavor is wonderful.
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 19:16:42
quote:
Originally posted by chezkatie

I am really not into Mexican food but there is a wonderful Mexican restaurant about 10 miles from us that we just love. The Mexican family that own it are very caring and lovely people and the food is terrific. They work so hard to have an attractive restaurant with great food. My favorite dish is the Carne De Puerco En Chile Verde. The pork is tender and the flavor is wonderful.


Any Idea on the name / location?

PS, Happy 1000 Plus there!

chezkatie
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 19:38:11
Oh thank you very much. The name of the restaurant is El Azteca and it is located in a tiny strip mall on Rt 108, a few miles south of Rt 70 in Clarksville, MD. Actually, OCDreamer introduced me to this restaurant and she could not have found a better place. (The sangria is terrific!}



redtressed
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 20:22:43
My favorite Mexican place is Rio Grande as has been cited in several other threds and also ranked well by others. I love a good authentic chili rellenos and that they have. Carne Asada, Shredded Beef Tacos, Seafood Enchiladas, the simplistic cheese and green chiles Quesadillas, and tamales done in the husk are amongst my favorites.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 20:43:34
quote:
Originally posted by UncleVic

Thanks Bushie! But excuse my ignorance, but what is Huevos Montelenos?

Your "ignorance" was the same as mine before I ate it many moons ago. I honestly don't know what the "original" montelenos was, but Guero's calls this "their version", and it's really yummy:

They put one of their homemade corn tortillas on a plate. That's topped with their homemade refried beans mixed with tiny cubes of ham. Top that with an egg over-easy. Top that with another homemade corn tortilla. Top that with shredded queso blanco and their house ranchero sauce (salsa).
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 20:57:19
quote:
Originally posted by redtressed

My favorite Mexican place is Rio Grande as has been cited in several other threds and also ranked well by others. I love a good authentic chili rellenos and that they have. Carne Asada, Shredded Beef Tacos, Seafood Enchiladas, the simplistic cheese and green chiles Quesadillas, and tamales done in the husk are amongst my favorites.


Redtressed... Location please? Doing this the roadfood way! Trying to get the BEST local "Eats, Mexican Style" listed in this thread... Thanks, and the food sounds awesome!

UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 20:59:36
quote:
Originally posted by Bushie

quote:
Originally posted by UncleVic

Thanks Bushie! But excuse my ignorance, but what is Huevos Montelenos?

Your "ignorance" was the same as mine before I ate it many moons ago. I honestly don't know what the "original" montelenos was, but Guero's calls this "their version", and it's really yummy:

They put one of their homemade corn tortillas on a plate. That's topped with their homemade refried beans mixed with tiny cubes of ham. Top that with an egg over-easy. Top that with another homemade corn tortilla. Top that with shredded queso blanco and their house ranchero sauce (salsa).


Thanks Bushie... Being a I think I know Mexican Fanatic, I learn something new everyday! Sounds Good!

redtressed
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 22:27:47
Rio Grande is located of of I-68, Sabraton Exit..turn on Rt 7 /Earl Core Road towards Morgantown WV. Travel about 1.5 miles. Located in a small strip mall that includes Dollar General, and CVS on the left.

RIO GRANDE III -- Mexican cuisine in a festive atmosphere. Monday – Sunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. Sabraton Plaza, Sabraton, WV 26508. 304-292-0162.

Also locations in Beckley WV:

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurante
(304) 252-7488 4006 Robert C Byrd Dr
Beckley, WV

Charleston:

Rio Grande
(304) 344-8616 160 Court St
Charleston, WV

Huntington:

Rio Grande
914 4th Avenue
Huntington WV

All have received many rave reviews on various websites. The atmosphere is very festive and authentic, including a friendly and talented hispanic staff. Chips(homemade) and various salsas are included with each meal. The table is also adorned with several hot sauces etc. Price Range is from about 1.99-10.99. A local favorite is the Combo platter which is not ONE platter but 4, two steak size and two luncheon plate sized platters filled with Chile Rellenos, Enchilada, Tamales, Tostada, Shredded Beef Taco, Burrito, Mexican Rice and refried beans, all for 8.99. (at least last I was there) The local paper also often features several 2 for one dinner platters. Margaritas that are to die for come in individual servings or a pitcher. A full line of Latin/Hispanic beers as well as some American brews. I can't say enough good things about this authentic Mexican dining.




tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 22:28:54
My favorite mexican dishes--Huevos Rancheros,Choriso and eggs or Menudo for breakfast---forany other meal---Tamales!!!esp pork--but any thing really---Carnitas!!,Chicken Enchilada's!!and my all time fav--Chili rellenos!!!!!!--of course good rice and beans are essential and with them the meal just not the same---just found aplce in Eufalla Ok---and McCallister to---Adelita's!!!!!
Best beans ive had in MANY yrs-killer rice---and an awesome chicken enchilada!!!---Bushie--its right as you come off I 40 at the exit for JM"s---execellent $ value too---three tamales-with all sides-$6.50----Combo with rice beans a ghiceken enchilada and a tostada--$5---Janie and got meals drinks-tea-, flan for dessert and a 20% tip for $17!!! Eufalla is rapidly become a favorite Oklahoma food spot for us---next i have to try a place on nthe lake there thats supoosed to have great catfish!!

PS--the service was really good and the food came out freash hot and fast!
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 22:44:45
Hey, Redtressed, thanks for the info on Rio Grande. I will definitely check out the one in Huntington or Charleston my next visit there.

I love Mexican food. I'll do a better job of recording names, etc. so I can pass them on here. There is an explosion of Mex eateries all over the country now so it's not hard to find good ones.

carl reitz
Rex Allen
Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 23:03:52
My favorite Mexican Restaurant used to be in Chula Vista. "La Fonda del Roberto" but they closed, and now only have their restaurant in Tijuana, BC Mexico. Then I discovered "Casa Maya" on Park Boulevard. But their building was sold, and the new owners raised their rent where they could not make a profit, They are now in a real hole in the wall on Thirtieth Street. Still very good and inexpensive. But a friend of mine just alerted me to a new place he just discovered. "El Sol" on University Avenue at Alabama Street. Just as good as anything I have eaten in Mexico, and I lived there for many years. Whinneing, Rex in expensive, San Diego.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/03 23:45:26
quote:
Originally posted by Rex Allen

My favorite Mexican Restaurant used to be in Chula Vista.

Rex, there was a place in Chula Vista that I used to visit every time I was in San Diego. I'm sorry that I don't remember the name of the place , but maybe you do.

As you left the freeway, you would turn left (this was at the main Chula Vista street at the rail stop). It was a couple of miles down (heading east) on the left. In an old fast-food restaurant building.

IMHO, the best tacos and tortas I've ever had.

Any idea what I'm talking about
markolenski
Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 03:44:39
If you get off a H st in Chula Vista and go east there is a place called Tacos el gordo. It is across the street from the 7-Eleven. They have places in TJ and about 2 years ago opened in San Diego.

Tacos El Gordo
The king of Tijuana's taco stands, El Gordo serves up about 4,000 tacos a day. At midnight, folks hang out six deep around the big stand with the bright red-and-white-striped awning and overflow to the picnic benches on either side. El Gordo is equally famous for its fine carne asada and its tacos al pastor (lean, juicy pork slices prelayered with special barbecue sauce and formed into a haunch-shaped hunk that's flame-roasted on a vertical spit and sliced onto warm tortillas). All tacos are 10 pesos (about $1) each. Quesadillas with meat are $2. Open 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. daily. This stand is located at Boulevard Sanchez Taboada and Calle Javier Mina in the Zona Rio
Wallyum
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 05:11:25
quote:
Originally posted by redtressed

My favorite Mexican place is Rio Grande as has been cited in several other threds and also ranked well by others. I love a good authentic chili rellenos and that they have. Carne Asada, Shredded Beef Tacos, Seafood Enchiladas, the simplistic cheese and green chiles Quesadillas, and tamales done in the husk are amongst my favorites.


I'm sure it's a common name for Mexican eateries, but Rio Grande is my favorite also. I generally order the Burrito Carne Asada and a side of three tamales. I finish off the burrito, take a taste of the tamales, then box them up for lunch the following day. I've learned to try the seafood dishes when traveling anywhere near the ocean. Nothing beats a fresh seafood burrito when it's done by someone who knows what they're doing.
Vince Macek
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 07:19:29
Here in Atlanta my favorites are anything from the hole-in-wall El Taco Veloz mini-chain (I need to get there for breakfast) and the Nuevo Laredo Cantina on Chattahoochee Ave.
zataar
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 09:42:15
Tortas shops are popping up all around my town. And most of them are indeed very close to almost all the major interstates, I-70, I-35, I-435 and I-635. For those who aren't familar with tortas, it's a sandwich made on a roll called a teleras or bolillo. You can get everything from carnitas to al pastor on them, usually they all have sweet onions, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, refried beans, pickled carrots and jalapenos and chile crema or mayonesa. Right now my favorite is Torta Cubana, the Mexican version of a Cuban. Instead of roasted pork it has a milanesa cutlet, ham, cheese and the above condiments. I've never paid more than $5.50 for a Cubana with a torta carnitas averaging $4 or less. Tortas are my current favorite Mexican food.
fcbaldwin
Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 10:04:28
Rex, Mark, Bushie,
I was wondering when someone would mention the So Cal mexican places...
Linda and I had lunch a few years ago in downtown San Luis Obispo at a local, family owned Mexican restaurant (granted, there were more than one or two local places there), can't remember the name. It was great. I'm no expert on the genuine fare, so I had the buffet (everything). There's nothing like that in my neck of the woods, that I know of.

Frank
cedwin
Hamburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 10:37:41
I really enjoy huevos motulenos also, which is actually a specialty of the Yucatan and you usually see green peas in the sauce with the eggs. My favorite Mexican food is the posole at Tamales y Atoles Anys in Zihuatanejo,Guerrero Mexico. Posole is the ultimate "casserole" comfort food in Mexico, and this one is the penultimate of posoles; finely balanced pork and hominy stew with chopped serranos, onions, chili pequin, chicharrones, cilantro, botanas, chopped radish, and queso blanco to load into the stew to your heart's content. A fabulous meal! My favorite Mexican food here has been either the pork guisado burritos at our local Pineda taqueria in Minneapolis, or carne adovada (a marinated pork steak in a chili red sauce) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
zataar
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 11:25:48
cedwin, my daughter lives in Minneapolis so we visit as often as we can. Could you post the address to the Pineda Taqueria? We'd love to try it. When my daughter was a student at MCAD she used to like the burritos at Tacos Blas(sp?) Huge servings!
renfrew
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 11:33:02
this thread makes me jealous because i love mexican food of all kinds but live on one of the worst areas for it...the boston area is a veritable black hole when it comes to this food.
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 11:46:03
quote:
Originally posted by renfrew

this thread makes me jealous because i love mexican food of all kinds but live on one of the worst areas for it...the boston area is a veritable black hole when it comes to this food.


I'll trade ya one of our Mexican joints if can send us a decent pizza joint!
renfrew
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 11:57:50
well, pizza we do have, though of course not on the scale of new your or new haven. But the pizza situation is getting better in Boston. I dont know if we have enough to trade though!
cedwin
Hamburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 12:08:00
zataar,
Tacos Blas is another good authentic taqueria in Minneapolis, one of many that have arrived in the last ten years. Pineda is right off the Lake Street LRT station, just off Lake and Hiawatha in what used to be called the Hi-Lake Shopping Center. You can't miss it. Good eating!
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 12:18:21
quote:
Originally posted by renfrew

well, pizza we do have, though of course not on the scale of new your or new haven. But the pizza situation is getting better in Boston. I dont know if we have enough to trade though!


Hmmm... Thats too bad... I was thinking now that we have 3 Adobe restaurants I'd offer you one of them! You wouldnt have been disappointed either! I wish I could offer you the Cantina, but since there's only one around here, and it's my #1 pick, I have to keep it!

cedwin
Hamburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 12:25:42
zataar, by the way I noticed also that you are a big fan of tortas. Pinedas serves tortas but I haven't had them there, but I have had them at Manny's Tortas, which are excellent, expecially their "Cubano". Manny's has two locations very close to Pineda; one just west on Lake street from Pineda in the Mercado Central(another place filled with taqueria-style eateries) on Bloomington and Lake, and the other just east of Pineda on 27th and Lake in the old Freeman's building. Good sandwiches!
zataar
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 13:05:40
quote:
Originally posted by cedwin

zataar, by the way I noticed also that you are a big fan of tortas. Pinedas serves tortas but I haven't had them there, but I have had them at Manny's Tortas, which are excellent, expecially their "Cubano". Manny's has two locations very close to Pineda; one just west on Lake street from Pineda in the Mercado Central(another place filled with taqueria-style eateries) on Bloomington and Lake, and the other just east of Pineda on 27th and Lake in the old Freeman's building. Good sandwiches!

Thanks for Pinedas location. I know right where it is! We've been to both Manny's locations and enjoy them both. We agree that Manny's Torta Cubana is one of the best we've had. Minneapolis is such a great food town, we never have enough time to eat everywhere we would like. There are always new places to try everytime we visit. Pinedas will be a definite stop on our next visit. The burrito you mentioned sounds interesting.
ocdreamr
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 14:31:40
What I like depends on where I am! Here at home Chezkatie's right, I head for El Azteca & almost always order the chile rellenos, along with whatever hits my fancy. However, I must say my all time favorite goes to a little place named Jesse's down on South Padre, for their Camerones Rancheros, served with ranch beans & salsa fresca. Looking out at the rain we're having here now, I wish I were down at Jesse's now, sipping on a frozen marguerita & waiting for my camerones!
Warped-5
Junior Burger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 14:56:58
Here's a basic formula for identifying a quality Mexican dining experience when you're not really sure:

Do the residents of the neighborhood eat there? If yes, it's a good place!

My wife and I have been using this simple formula all over the Chicago area for years and it NEVER fails...
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 16:02:11
I've been trying to order outside the standard "combo, rice and beans" fare. I've made it a point to try the soups at each place we go, and to order ala carte so we can sample more things.
Love chile verde, but Mexican seafood-crab enchiladas, shrimp
in cream sauce, fish tacos; well the pairing of fish and peppers is a good one indeed. One thing I miss in Oregon that we used to see in Arizona is Green corn Tamales. Loved those puppies. A delicate subtle taste that isn't there when made with regular cornmeal.
zataar
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 16:51:29
I am really enjoying this thread. Mexican seafood soup can be really good. I tried one recently that was Caldo Camarone, with shrimp, lime and a very spicy pico de gallo type salsa on the top. Have any of you had huitlacoche? It's corn fungus, or corn smut as it's sometimes called. Pretty ugly, but a very complex flavor. It's hard to find on menus here in the midwest, but I've seen it in the southwest.
cedwin
Hamburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 17:20:42
zataar, I also really like a good Mexican seafood soup and the best are relatively simple in ingredients, like the one you described. I've also had huitlacoche, but only in Mexico, stuffed in tamales. The flavor was not "mushroomy" but not unpleasant. I've never seen it available in any of the Mexican markets here.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 17:32:20
http://www.ext.nodak.edu/extnews/newsrelease/2003/061203/04plains.htm
Zataar,
Tom Isern describes "Santa Fe Railroad Mexican Cooking" . I think that fits KC's description when I was growing up.Deep fried Tacos are still what I long for, and they need to have peas. It sounds like KC'S Latino base has expanded beyond what was traditional in past times.
Bill
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 18:55:15
quote:
Originally posted by bill voss

http://www.ext.nodak.edu/extnews/newsrelease/2003/061203/04plains.htm
Zataar,
Tom Isern describes "Santa Fe Railroad Mexican Cooking" . I think that fits KC's description when I was growing up.Deep fried Tacos are still what I long for, and they need to have peas. It sounds like KC'S Latino base has expanded beyond what was traditional in past times.
Bill



Thanks for refreshing my memory here! If your in Grand Rapids and want a decent deep fried taco, there's a nasty looking hole in the wall restraunt called Chicos on South Division Street... Most awesome tasting fried tacos there! I dont recall if they added peas, I just inhaled them!..
zataar
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 22:14:18
quote:
Originally posted by cedwin

zataar, I also really like a good Mexican seafood soup and the best are relatively simple in ingredients, like the one you described. I've also had huitlacoche, but only in Mexico, stuffed in tamales. The flavor was not "mushroomy" but not unpleasant. I've never seen it available in any of the Mexican markets here.
I agree that the more simple the ingredients in a caldo, the better. The fresher the better, of course.
Huitlacoche is available here frozen or canned. Both are surprisingly good. If you don't show it to someone or describe it, they usuallly like it alot. Tell them what it is and they tend to run....
zataar
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 22:21:28
quote:
Originally posted by bill voss

http://www.ext.nodak.edu/extnews/newsrelease/2003/061203/04plains.htm
Zataar,
Tom Isern describes "Santa Fe Railroad Mexican Cooking" . I think that fits KC's description when I was growing up.Deep fried Tacos are still what I long for, and they need to have peas. It sounds like KC'S Latino base has expanded beyond what was traditional in past times.
Bill

It's true that the hispanic culinary world has greatly expanded from what it was when we were young. I really enjoyed the Tom Isern link. Some of that food is long gone from the KC area. I miss deep fried tacos! Tarahumaran and Michoacan food is starting to be very popular here with some of us. In the mean time, chains like Mi Cocina are raking in the dough....
Rex Allen
Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 22:36:37
Bushie,
I believe it is called "Senior Diegos", Been there forever, and is still very good and as a good sign is patronized heavily by the Latino Population. Rex
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/04 23:25:49
quote:
Originally posted by Rex Allen

Bushie,
I believe it is called "Senior Diegos", Been there forever, and is still very good and as a good sign is patronized heavily by the Latino Population. Rex


Thanks, Rex! I was just curious. The other thing that I loved there was the "pickle mix" of jalapenos, carrots, and onions. Low on vinegar, and I just LOVED the stuff.

1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/05 11:45:33
Bushie, I get that side at my favorite place in the Rogue Valley, Muchas Gracias--24hr drive thru & 24 hr breakfast Burritos. It's free as a sort of condiment; served up in a french fry paper boat..Ours has a whole bunch of Cilantro in the mix too. Don't know whether it's a west coast thing, but I didn't grow up with it.
Great stuff.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/05 19:25:10
quote:
Originally posted by bill voss

Bushie, I get that side at my favorite place in the Rogue Valley, Muchas Gracias--24hr drive thru & 24 hr breakfast Burritos. It's free as a sort of condiment; served up in a french fry paper boat..Ours has a whole bunch of Cilantro in the mix too. Don't know whether it's a west coast thing, but I didn't grow up with it.
Great stuff.

Bill, I think it IS a west coast thing. Can't remember ever getting it anywhere else. The uniqueness is the absence of a strong vinegar flavor and the crispness of the veggies.

It was also served as a free "condiment" at Diego's, but I would always pay them for a container to take back with me to the hotel. Better than popcorn.

I tried a bunch of places like this in southern CA, but I only found one in Riverside that I thought was comparable. (Can't remember the name of that place, either. Looking back, I should have taken notes.)
olphart
Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/21 18:45:30
Bushie, we went to a place in Georgetown on 29 at or near Austin St (I think) that I thought was pretty fair. If memory serves me it was in what used to be a drive-in restaurant at one time. Do you know the place?

I saw you mention Nuevo Leon before. Can I assume that is the same chain as the one in Bastrop? There is also an Amaya’s in Bastrop that I have grown fond of. Seems like I saw mention of them in Austin as well. I love the tacos at Amaya’s.

I am still learning my way around the eateries of Bastrop. Love to find a good seafood and pizza place there.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/22 12:33:10
Had an unusual tamale last week---an epazote tamale. Seems epazote is an herb and essentially it was a corn tamale with that seasoning. Unusual but tasty!
cedwin
Hamburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/22 13:49:34
EdSails

Epazote is commonly used in many frijole dishes in Mexico, and supposedly it has a reputation for reducing gas. I think it's a great all around herb for Mexican cooking
Wholebelly
Junior Burger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/22 14:00:49
We actually have some pretty good Mexican here in Connecticut.

1) Fish Tacos and Shredded Beef Tacos from Bajs's in Orange. Excellent Baja California style mexican.

2) Shredded Beef Enchiladas and Black Bean Soup from Sloppy Jose's in Milford. They've been around forever and I never tire of the food or waitstaff.
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/22 14:25:40


Uncle Vic - the burrito from my favorite place, The Spanish Village
wingandaprayer
Junior Burger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/24 15:15:37
It has occurred to me that this topic could be narrowed to what style of Mexican food is your top pick. In Arizona, we get primarily Sonoran style Mexican food. Sonora is the Mexican state directly south of us and is the principal beef producing state in Mexico. Do not go there if you are a vegiterian. Most of the seasoning is done with the Poblano and Jalapino chiles. The tortillas of choice are Tortillas de Harina or flour tortillas as opposed to Tortillas de Maiz or corn tortills which are more popular farther south. Most of the best Sonoran style food involves wrapping meat in a huge flour tortilla. There are endless choices of ways to prepare the meat; carne asada, carne seca, birria (my favorite), chile verde, chile colorado etc. Most Sonoran style food is mildly spicy, at least to my taste. New Mexican style is a whole nuther story. The chile capital of the world is Hatch,NM and they grow some fire.
My favorites in Tucson are:
Mi Nidito on S. 4th Ave.- Birria (second only to my wife's)
Michas also on S. 4th- Machacca
Tania's on Grande- Pozole Colorado
Sanchez' on Craycroft- Chile Colorado

In Silver City NM:
Nancy's Silver Cafe- Chiles Rellanos

In Magdalena, Son Mex (on the way to San Carlos):
Taqueria Tres Diamontes- Tacos de Carne Asada

I have never had any good Mexican food in California, but remember that these are the people who convinced a nation that Taco Bell serves Mexican food.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/24 16:14:35
quote:
Originally posted by wingandaprayer


I have never had any good Mexican food in California, but remember that these are the people who convinced a nation that Taco Bell serves Mexican food.



Not all of us in California eat at Taco Bell.

UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/11/26 01:21:16
LoneStar.. Your killing me.. Looks damn tasty!
enginecapt
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/12/04 00:28:48
quote:
Originally posted by wingandaprayer


I have never had any good Mexican food in California, but remember that these are the people who convinced a nation that Taco Bell serves Mexican food.


At first I was going to good naturedly jump on you for this, but then I saw that you're in Arizona, and now I understand it's the effect of the relentless sun that has so cross-wired your taste receptacles.
Then again, there's that California/Arizona rivalry......
BTW, don't forget, it's the Nation who fell for that line of BS from us.....
Lunza
Hamburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/12/04 05:50:55
Casa Carlos in Marysville, California, is the Holy Grail of northern-style Mexican food as far as I'm concerned. I grew up on that stuff. The place has been open for more than 40 years, and at the same location for about 30 (but has expanded to about four times the size it was when it originally moved there). I especially like the chili colorado (either by itself or in burritos).

I left Marysville in 1988 and have moved a lot since then, but if I go to a northern-style Mexican restaurant and they don't make their beans, rice, chili colorado or tortilla chips like Casa Carlos does, I don't eat there.

I specify northern-style because there's a lot of different regional cuisines from Mexico, to say nothing of Tex-Mex (which I will eat, but don't think of as Mexican).
Lunza
Hamburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/12/04 05:53:33
quote:
Originally posted by Lone Star



Uncle Vic - the burrito from my favorite place, The Spanish Village


ACK! Lunza's Rule No. 1 of Mexican food: If it's covered with yellow cheese, it ain't authentic. There is no yellow Mexican cheese.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/12/04 10:34:56
20 years ago I might have agreed with you, Lunza. Nowadays I think Mexican-Americans are assimilating into whatever geographic region of the US they've moved to or were born in and they use ingredients available locally.(Tex-Mex in Lone Star's case) I like the synthesis of cultures when having a dish more than the supposed authenticity of having "true & real" ethnic cuisine.
The Latino folks that live around here (southern Oregon) eat at the burger stand and the Thai Buffet and the BBQ right alongside everyone else. Those are the influences they know, not roasting a goat in a pit. They don't remember how their grandma fixed it in the old country, cuz , this is the only place they've known. It's fine with me, if they like Cheddar instead of Fresco. If I think it tastes good, I'll wolf it right down....
It's the beauty of America.
Farfromhome
Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/12/04 10:50:11
I miss Spanish Village That was one of my favorite places when we lived in Houston. And Lunza it may not be authentic Mexican with yellow cheese, but its authentic Tex Mex I'm a Tex Mex addict having grown up on the stuff and I had several favorites when we lived in Houston. Spanish Village is really good and its been around forever. Other places that I really liked were Fat Marias in Pasadena, Tia Chucho on Highway 6 over in the far northwest side of town in Copperfield was another real favorite. My favorites in those places were the standard combo plates with cheese enchiladas, tamales, chili con queso, tacos, chili rellanos and of course the rice and beans. Another good one I loved was Tortugas which was more "beach" type Tex Mex and my favorite dish there was the chicken campeche which was a grilled chicken breast with grilled shrimp, peppers and mushrooms covered with a baby chihuahua cheese and rice and charro beans on the side.

There is good mexican food in So Cal, just its different from Tex Mex. One of my favorites here in Santa Clarita is Don Cuco's. Their tortilla soup is excellent, as is their serape (sp?) which is a layered tortilla dish with chicken, green chilies and cheeses. Another good place we had Mexican food at was in Sunland and I can't remember the name of the place but I ordered the combo of tamale, beef enchilada and tostada with rice and beans and it was really good.
enginecapt
Filet Mignon
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/12/04 20:43:39
quote:
Originally posted by bill voss It's fine with me, if they like Cheddar instead of Fresco. If I think it tastes good, I'll wolf it right down....
It's the beauty of America.


And the sharper the better. I was raised 70 miles north of the border, and autentico is good, but I like nothing better than a sharp chedder top hamper where applicable.
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2004/12/08 05:40:55
Lone Star... It's 5:30am and that burrito is still looking good... My fav wont open till 11am... (I should take a picture to preserve the moment)...
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2005/01/06 16:00:38
quote:
Originally posted by wingandaprayer

It has occurred to me that this topic could be narrowed to what style of Mexican food is your top pick. In Arizona, we get primarily Sonoran style Mexican food. Sonora is the Mexican state directly south of us and is the principal beef producing state in Mexico. Do not go there if you are a vegiterian. Most of the seasoning is done with the Poblano and Jalapino chiles. The tortillas of choice are Tortillas de Harina or flour tortillas as opposed to Tortillas de Maiz or corn tortills which are more popular farther south. Most of the best Sonoran style food involves wrapping meat in a huge flour tortilla. There are endless choices of ways to prepare the meat; carne asada, carne seca, birria (my favorite), chile verde, chile colorado etc. Most Sonoran style food is mildly spicy, at least to my taste. New Mexican style is a whole nuther story. The chile capital of the world is Hatch,NM and they grow some fire.
My favorites in Tucson are:
Mi Nidito on S. 4th Ave.- Birria (second only to my wife's)
Michas also on S. 4th- Machacca
Tania's on Grande- Pozole Colorado
Sanchez' on Craycroft- Chile Colorado

In Silver City NM:
Nancy's Silver Cafe- Chiles Rellanos

In Magdalena, Son Mex (on the way to San Carlos):
Taqueria Tres Diamontes- Tacos de Carne Asada

I have never had any good Mexican food in California, but remember that these are the people who convinced a nation that Taco Bell serves Mexican food.



Before you go dissing California's wealth of Mexican cuisines, just remember that Sonoran cooking isn't exactly held in high regard in Mexico [well, except in the northern states of Sonora & Chihuahua, perhaps] - and is more to blame for the beef & flour tortilla-centric menu that Taco Bell offers than anyone or anything in California or Mexico. (Wherever ANYBODY thinks that Taco Bell now serves Mexican food, blame ignorant gringos that got fooled by PepsiCo.)

When I long for real Mexican food, away from the burrito-philes, there are few places north of the border that will do except for a select group of places right here in California. Places that offer more choices than just chicken or beef, that don't substitute cheddar or jack for queso fresco just because they're cheeses, that don't use mole [whatever type it is] as just another sauce, that don't even offer combination plates. Most of the time, though, when I'm really jonesing for a quick fix (which means I can't make it to a local mercado/tienda to pick up supplies), I'm perfectly happy with a stop at a fruit vendor on a local corner to grab some prickly pear chunks['tunas'] or whatever fruit is on hand, topped with a squeeze of lime juice and chile powder; if there's a "paletero" ['popsicle vendor'] handy, I'll get something refreshing and not too sweet, like a cucumber (w/ chile!) popsicle. My own test for checking prospective places out: they have to serve fresh "aguas" [fresh {non-carbonated} soft drinks] like tamarindo, jamaica, horchata, etc. - and they really need to have a specialty that doesn't involve beef or flour tortillas [dry or wet...], like pozole, or menudo, or birria, or cecina or mariscos or alambres or really anything that isn't part of a combo....

As for what Bill Voss said ("They don't remember how their grandma fixed it in the old country, cuz , this is the only place they've known"), this isn't an entirely clear assessment of the situation - while in some areas of the U.S. are communities of immigrants from the same region in the 'old country,' there are also cases of non-homogeneous immigrant communities that couldn't sustain any single version of a home cuisine, so that some sort of culinary pidgin is developed. (And since it's fairly clear from the postings at Roadfood that few people here are sticklers for authenticity in their "Mexican" food, these experiments in "cocina mezclada" ['mixed cuisine'] are still considered fairly tasty by the hoi polloi.) And THIS is comepletely separate from the fact that a majority of the immigrants are men - who, like many of their gringo brethren, don't cook anything that doesn't require a huge fire and lots of meat. (BTW - THEIR MOMS were far more likely to cook for them than their grandmas)

Even in a decent-sized burg like San Francisco, we had people arriving here from the Yucatan for a long time before there were enough Yucatecos here to sustain a restaurant that served the specialities of back home (like pollo pibil or pok chuc). And as good as the food is, people keep coming in an asking for burritos....
Buen provecho,
Richard
Berkeley/SF, CA
tmiles
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2005/01/06 16:31:10
quote:
Originally posted by Warped-5

Here's a basic formula for identifying a quality Mexican dining experience when you're not really sure:

Do the residents of the neighborhood eat there? If yes, it's a good place!

My wife and I have been using this simple formula all over the Chicago area for years and it NEVER fails...

That is a good formula, and it works for Chinese too!
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Mexican Food Top Picks! 2005/01/06 16:44:34
Hi Richared, have not seen you post in a while!

Why is Sonoran cooking looked down upon by other areas?

There is a truck vendor near my neighborhood who has started selling pollo asada and roasted corn. What I love about the corn is it is seasoned with chile and lime, and I believe it has mayonnaise of some type and butter, but I am not sure. The vendors don't speak English and I don't speak Spanish well enough to find out. They roast the corn in this huge drum like roaster that resembles a minature cement mixer.
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