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I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 2:03 PM
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http://www.thedailymeal.com/35-best-tacos-america
 
Sorry about the slide show.

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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 2:23 PM
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Countdown:
 



35) Guisados, Los Angeles: Cochinita Pibil Taco
34) Joe's Bakery, Austin, Texas: Carne Guisada Taco
33) Taco Taco Café, San Antonio: Puffy Taco with Picadillo
32) La Condesa, Austin, Texas: Arábicos Taco
31) Pinche Taquería, Denver: Pork Belly ‘Agridulce’
30) Bob's Taco Station, Rosenberg, Texas: Barbacoa Taco
29) El Parasol, Santa Fe, N.M.: Shredded Beef Taco
28) Big Star, Chicago: Al Pastor Taco
27) Frontera Grill, Chicago: Arabes Taco
26) Papalote Taco House, Austin, Texas: Cecina Taco
25) Supermercado Chicago, Atlanta: Carne Asada Taco
24) El Charrito, Riverside, Conn.: Carnitas Taco
23) Ray's Drive Inn, San Antonio: Carne Guisada Puffy Taco
22) Taquería Tehuitzingo, New York City: Carnitas Taco
21) Hugo's Tacos, Los Angeles: Carnitas Taco
20) Taquería Arandas, Austin, Texas: Al Pastor Taco
19) Mary and Tito's Café, Albuquerque, N.M.: Carne Adovada Taco
18) Matt's Famous El Rancho, Austin, Texas: Al Carbón Taco
17) Tacomiendo, Los Angeles: Potato Taco
16) Mexicali Taco & Co., Los Angeles: Carne Asada Taco
15) Henry’s Puffy Tacos & Cantina, San Antonio: Spicy Beef Fajita Puffy Taco
14) Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia, San Antonio: Carnitas Michoacan Taco
13) La Paz, Maxwell Street Market, Chicago:
12) Tortilleria Nixtamal, Queens, N.Y.: Carnitas Taco
11) Dora's Deli, Walla Walla, Wash.: Vegetable Taco
10) Birrieria Zaragoza, Chicago: Birria Tatemada Taco
9) Chico's Tacos, El Paso, Texas: Chico's Taco
8) La Super-Rica, Santa Barbara, Calif.: Adobado Taco
7) El Real Tex-Mex Café, Houston: Chicken Puffy Taco
6) The Shed, Santa Fe, N.M.: Chicken with Green Chile Taco
5) Torchy’s Tacos, Various Texas Locations: Trailer Park Taco
4) Tito's Tacos, Culver City, Calif.: Tito's Taco with Cheese
3) Los Tacos No. 1, New York City: Adobada Taco
2) La Taquería, San Francisco: Carnitas Taco
1) Ricky’s, Los Angeles: Fish Taco








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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 2:31 PM
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What is it that you were right about?

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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 2:32 PM
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You knew you were right about what?
 
Here's my hometown contribution from Lago Tacos in Excelsior, Minnesota.
 


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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 2:34 PM
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#1, #16, #35 have me salivating even though I just ate lunch.

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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 2:41 PM
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Ah, your Tito's Tacos got #4.  Well done!   Though simple, Tito's looked like one of the more appetizing choices.  I'm not a fan of the "puffy"-style  thick taco wraps that were featured in so many of the other photos.   I'll give Tito's a try when out there in a couple months. 
 
The one in Riverside, CT looks great, too.    Yeah, CT.  Who'd have thought? 
 
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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 2:49 PM
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Michael Hoffman


What is it that you were right about?

 
#4 Tito's.  Mar52 is a big Tito's fan.  I remember her letting me know about them prior to my last SoCal trip in late 2011.  Never did get to go to Tito's that time around, but will try to hit it next SoCal trip in a couple months.  A couple others out there look good, too. \\Glenn
 
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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 2:56 PM
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The only thing better than a Tito's Taco...



is two.

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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 3:07 PM
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Ding Ding Ding!  Glenn1234Winner!
 
However, they're better without the cheese.

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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 3:10 PM
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I'm also a great fan of Tacomiendo but have never ordered the potato tacos.  Must try them.
 
 

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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 3:20 PM
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Mar
 
If anything it looks like you've proved that California (or even Southern Calfornia) cannot claim the Taco as "their own"
 
My $$ is still on the "crazy roll/wacky roll"

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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 3:50 PM
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Are they tah co, tay co or tack o? I heard all three pronounced on my recent Colorado/Utah RV trip. I've always said tah co.

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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 5:01 PM
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Tayco with a side of Raace?
 
Tah Co it is!
 
Dale, I never said California claimed the taco as our own.  We just do it a lot and in different ways.
 

 

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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 6:44 PM
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From the pictures, #3 looks insanely good to me.  However, if I'm in NYC having a taco would be the last thing on my mind.
 
Torchy's (#5) started here in Dallas.  Their second location in Allen is only 4 miles from where we live.  Haven't been; I'll leverage their appearance on the list into convinging Mrs. Metro to go.
 
Here in McKinney we are blessed by several places operated by Mexicans for a Mexican clientele.  They are "rocket good".

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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 7:36 PM
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MetroplexJim


From the pictures, #3 looks insanely good to me.  However, if I'm in NYC having a taco would be the last thing on my mind.

 

 
Then that's a real shame. You're really missing out. NYC metro has a zillion more independent restaurants serving Tacos than say.....Jewish Deli's.....If you really want to experience contemporary NYC Roadfood then tacos are definitely the way to go.

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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 7:45 PM
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No tacos on the NYC Roadfood tour.

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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 8:04 PM
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Marlene - I am very impressed with the patience it must have took to layout all the photos like that.
 
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Re:I knew I was right. - Thu, 10/10/13 10:43 PM
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JRPfeff


Marlene - I am very impressed with the patience it must have took to layout all the photos like that.

jrp

 
Oddly when I copied and pasted the list, the pictures were there.
 
I can't take credit for doing that.  (But thanks!)

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Re:I knew I was right. - Fri, 10/11/13 7:40 AM
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mar52


JRPfeff


Marlene - I am very impressed with the patience it must have took to layout all the photos like that.

jrp


Oddly when I copied and pasted the list, the pictures were there.

I can't take credit for doing that.  (But thanks!)


Nevertheless, GREAT JOB!!!

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Re:I knew I was right. - Fri, 10/11/13 8:09 AM
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MetroplexJim


From the pictures, #3 looks insanely good to me.  However, if I'm in NYC having a taco would be the last thing on my mind.




Then that's a real shame. You're really missing out. NYC metro has a zillion more independent restaurants serving Tacos than say.....Jewish Deli's.....If you really want to experience contemporary NYC Roadfood then tacos are definitely the way to go.


I have no doubt that NYC tacos are truly awesome; in fact, given my past food experiences in NYC, it wouldn't surprise me if they are the best to be had anywhere on Earth. 
 
But - for a Texan - having a taco in The City would be like a Parisien going to a French Restaurant there. 
 
So, I'll be lunching at the Jewish Delis, ethnic eateries, & pizza joints and dining ... ah, dining in The City ... I get dizzy just thinking about it. 
 
But, I won't be 'doing' Mexican, BBQ, or hamburgers there; you know, the old "why haul coals to New Castle" thing.
 
BTW: I NY!

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Re:I knew I was right. - Fri, 10/11/13 8:19 AM
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Davydd, your location (at the time) in Utah would have been tainted by the 'Dixie Accent' we find there. More of a cross between a Hoosier Twang and a corrupted Kentucky southern dialect... It is especially strong in the Southern Utah rural areas...the Dixie of Utah for more than one reason.  
They do say TAY-KO , but so did many of the folks here in Hoosierland, 30 years ago when the Taco chains first franschised into this area.  It has take a decade or three of TV commercials to return the TAH-CO to it's rightful pronunciation.
 
Did I miss seeing a Fish Taco in that long catalong of "CARNE" ??  Thanks, Marlene, for triggering a desire for TACOs at 8 AM this morning.

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Re:I knew I was right. - Fri, 10/11/13 8:24 AM
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Yes, #1 in fact:
 


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Re:I knew I was right. - Fri, 10/11/13 9:27 AM
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MetroplexJim


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MetroplexJim


From the pictures, #3 looks insanely good to me.  However, if I'm in NYC having a taco would be the last thing on my mind.




Then that's a real shame. You're really missing out. NYC metro has a zillion more independent restaurants serving Tacos than say.....Jewish Deli's.....If you really want to experience contemporary NYC Roadfood then tacos are definitely the way to go.


I have no doubt that NYC tacos are truly awesome; in fact, given my past food experiences in NYC, it wouldn't surprise me if they are the best to be had anywhere on Earth. 

But - for a Texan - having a taco in The City would be like a Parisien going to a French Restaurant there. 

So, I'll be lunching at the Jewish Delis, ethnic eateries, & pizza joints and dining ... ah, dining in The City ... I get dizzy just thinking about it. 

But, I won't be 'doing' Mexican, BBQ, or hamburgers there; you know, the old "why haul coals to New Castle" thing.

BTW: I NY!

 
with NYC's amazing burger culture (probably one of the best if not the best in the country  I'm totallly perplexed that you wouldn't even consider it.  In a city where there used to be hundreds of Jewish Deli's (probably now down to about 1/2 a dozen and maybe a dozen and a half in the suburbs most of which make their living from catering only and yes they're still good)    you'll be surrounded by a sea of tourists  (no locals) enjoying what is now considered a part of NYC's past.

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Re:I knew I was right. - Fri, 10/11/13 10:05 AM
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wanderingjew


MetroplexJim


wanderingjew


MetroplexJim


From the pictures, #3 looks insanely good to me.  However, if I'm in NYC having a taco would be the last thing on my mind.




Then that's a real shame. You're really missing out. NYC metro has a zillion more independent restaurants serving Tacos than say.....Jewish Deli's.....If you really want to experience contemporary NYC Roadfood then tacos are definitely the way to go.


I have no doubt that NYC tacos are truly awesome; in fact, given my past food experiences in NYC, it wouldn't surprise me if they are the best to be had anywhere on Earth. 

But - for a Texan - having a taco in The City would be like a Parisien going to a French Restaurant there. 

So, I'll be lunching at the Jewish Delis, ethnic eateries, & pizza joints and dining ... ah, dining in The City ... I get dizzy just thinking about it. 

But, I won't be 'doing' Mexican, BBQ, or hamburgers there; you know, the old "why haul coals to New Castle" thing.

BTW: I NY!


with NYC's amazing burger culture (probably one of the best if not the best in the country  I'm totallly perplexed that you wouldn't even consider it.  In a city where there used to be hundreds of Jewish Deli's (probably now down to about 1/2 a dozen and maybe a dozen and a half in the suburbs most of which make their living from catering only and yes they're still good)    you'll be surrounded by a sea of tourists  (no locals) enjoying what is now considered a part of NYC's past.


Again, I have no doubt that NYC burgers & tacos are great.  But, we here in the Big D also do legendary burgers & tacos.  (And, we chuckle at some 'lists' that have some NYC places doing world-class 'Que).  Once you hit the 'legendary' standard, all that remains is outrageous pricing and PR puffery.  As much as INY, let's say that The City does not suffer from a shortage of hubris.  In that, it truly is "world-class" - a close second to Paris.
 
IMO, the "thing" that truly distinguishes NYC & Paris is that the very finest3 ingredients are readily available to the cooks and world-class Chefs of those cities.  That said, Dallas is not exactly shabbly in that regard - and is certainly a peer of the Great Cities when it comes to beef, fry cooks, & native Mexican chefs.
 
But, we have one smallish Jewish Deli in the Big D:  DeliNews
 
Never been to Katz'.  I want to go.  As for tourists:  Hell, I'm one myself!
 
As an economist, I guess what I am saying is that when I travel I have one scarce resource:  TIME
 
The opportunity cost of foregoing NYC's wonderous ethnic and fine dining venues for a burger or a taco that perhaps may be an infinitesimal bit better than what is readily available in my hometown is simply too high. 
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Re:I knew I was right. - Fri, 10/11/13 10:13 AM
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From 2010 to 2020 the Hispanic population will grow by 16.6 million people to a total of 66.3 million

You will be tripping over taco's soon enough. There are great tacos to be had in all 50 states. When in NYC, eat regional, before it's gone.....

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Re:I knew I was right. - Sat, 10/12/13 2:34 PM
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Tried Torchy's for lunch (#5 on the list). 
It was really good, but I prefer another local DFW chain, Fuzzy's.
 
Still, neither is as good as one of our many local Mom & Pops that we are blessed with here in McKinney, e.g. la Paloma or San Miguel.

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Re:I knew I was right. - Sun, 10/13/13 2:49 AM
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MAR:
I was surprised that there were no Arizona Places on the list!!!
 

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Re:I knew I was right. - Sun, 10/13/13 7:28 AM
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Believe it or not, we have a ton of great taco trucks right here in flyover country. Here is a really small sampling of some of the best in Columbus.

http://www.seriouseats.co...umbus-ohio-trucks.html

And here is a more extensive list.

http://tacotruckscolumbus.com/

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Re:I knew I was right. - Sun, 10/13/13 2:32 PM
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Foodbme:
 
Arizona is for hot dogs. 

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Re:I knew I was right. - Sun, 10/13/13 3:40 PM
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hatteras04


Believe it or not, we have a ton of great taco trucks right here in flyover country. Here is a really small sampling of some of the best in Columbus.

http://www.seriouseats.co...umbus-ohio-trucks.html

And here is a more extensive list.

http://tacotruckscolumbus.com/

I see that Los Guachos Taqueria is listed among the four best taquerias in the United States by Serious Eats. We just had some tacos from the Los Guachos that recently opened in Gahanna. I had the al pastor and lleechef had the asada. Good stuff. They even ask whether you want cilantro. That gets a yes here.


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Re:I knew I was right. - Sun, 10/13/13 6:50 PM
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mar52

Foodbme:
Arizona is for hot dogs. 

Hot Dogs, No!
Sonoran Dogs---Si!