Originally posted by Niagara
Do you guys ever get out of Central New York? Because when I moved from Niagara Falls to Houston, and on trips to Arizona and California, I found out what mexican food was actually supposed to taste like. And it wasn't Upstate New York style.
Chicago, where I lived for about eight years, has one of the largest populations of Mexican immigrants (legal, or otherwise)of the larger US cities....and they cook pretty well. So yes, I have a pretty good idea of what constitutes good Mexican food (tex-mex or otherwise) and I have had it at the former LaBamba's in Syracuse.
I can assure you there is no Upstate New York style of Mexican cooking. Its either good or bad and you can get bad Mexican food just about anywhere. I'll agree, on the whole, the odds of finding good Mexican in Central NY is slim, but it is out there.
Myself, I bought some cook books and learned how to make it for my own satisfaction. We have a little Mexican grocery store in Cortland where I can get my ingredients that the larger grocery stores don't carry (which frankly, isn't much, with the rise in migrant farm labor they stock a lot Mexican foods.)
The owner of the store also runs Garcia's Restaurant which is another consistantly good place, a little better or more authentic than Juanita's. I had an excellent chili verde there once, though they have yet to match that experience again ( I think they short cut the braising).