Best Mexican Restaurants

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by chet again, May 10, 2019.

  1. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    796
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2015
    Location:
    Maldon, England
    My wife's bestie comes from Mexico City. Because I learned a little Spanish in school years ago, I had a notion that "burrito" might mean "little donkey", being a combination of burro (donkey) and ito, a diminutive meaning small or little. When I asked her about that, she said the word refers to the bed roll that goes on the saddle of a little donkey, hence the name.

    She went on to say that burritos are not Mexican food, of course, and no one outside of the border towns is likely to know what they are.
     
    nojazzhere likes this.
  2. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,490
    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Location:
    On Location
    I generally take it for granted that you can find decent Mexican food anywhere in the US if you know where to look. The purists may turn up their noses, but I'm not talking about blow-your-mind amazing, just a good meal that beats the chain restaurants.

    Unfortunately I found out that this doesn't apply in Canada. The hispanic migration in the US over the last 25 years that made Mexican cuisine mainstream seems to have stopped at our norther border. I made the mistake of going to a "Mexican" restaurant in Quebec, which was so horrific it was fascinating. Our meal seemed to have been prepared by someone who'd seen pictures of Mexican food, but had never tasted it. I'd also never ordered Mexican food in French before. To top it off, all the local beer I tried in Quebec tasted like soap. I've enjoyed Toronto, but I'm in no hurry to return to Quebec.

    As for favorites, I'm not a connoisseur by any means but I always try to get to Mia's when I'm in DFW. The taco truck at my local soccer park is pretty rockin', too.
     
    nojazzhere likes this.
  3. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,490
    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Location:
    On Location
    It's the #2 afterward that's the problem.
     
  4. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    48,105
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2009
    Location:
    Kelowna, BC, Canuckistan
    All I can say is the Mexican food I had in the UK was even worse!

    Here in BC, it's all about Asian food. Yah gotta go with the "local" specialties.
     
    teletimetx and brookdalebill like this.
  5. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    22,819
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Fort Collins, CO
    Do you remember the other place I mentioned? It was just down Speedway from the University just east of Campbell on the south side of the street. This was in the early '80's, I think.

    Yeah, no Chicago Store, but there's still Rainbow Guitars! I worked at the Workshop Music store on E. Speedway.
     
  6. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Age:
    62
    Posts:
    57,956
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    Indeed!
    The best Asian food I ever had was in Victoria’s Chinatown.
     
  7. omahaaudio

    omahaaudio Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    64
    Posts:
    2,084
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2015
    Location:
    Omaha
    If you walk across the Rio Grande bridge into Nuevo Progresso, Mexico and take the first left there's a bunch of open-air taquerias that serve the best Mexican food on the continent.
    Cheap too.
     
  8. dkmw

    dkmw Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Age:
    64
    Posts:
    3,400
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Location:
    Florida USA
    In most areas of Mexico, cheese is a luxury item and not used in everyday food. So the stuff you're making at home is probably more authentic than the ''cheesy'' restaurants.
     
  9. RetroTeleRod

    RetroTeleRod Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    54
    Posts:
    5,460
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2012
    Location:
    Oklahoma, USA
    Around here Adelita's is pretty popular, as is El Rancho. I love both of them. Some folks say that Tex-Mex isn't real Mexican food. I guess someone should tell the Mexican folks that own and operate the places. :lol:
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    nojazzhere likes this.
  10. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,755
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Location:
    Missoula, Montana
    I was supposed to be in Tucson this week & had my menu all planned out: a double Sammy dog at El Guero Canelo, a couple of asada tacos at BK, carne seca plate at the downtown El Charro -- touristy, yes, and hit-or-miss but when they're on they're on. El Minuto, Mi Nidito, whatever that place is out on the west side that makes their tortillas to order, that no-name taco place in South Tucson out by the dog track. Now I'm hungry.
     
  11. rcole_sooner

    rcole_sooner Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    6,065
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2010
    Location:
    Norman, OK
    We spent Thanksgiving 2013 at the Villa La Estancia in Cabo San Lucas. They served us one of the best "traditional" Thanksgiving dinners I have ever had. Turkey and dressing and the works. All fancy top quality dishes, served in several courses. Nothing really "Mexican" about it, but just all delicious. It was a huge surprise.
     
  12. Geoff738

    Geoff738 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    55
    Posts:
    6,607
    Joined:
    May 11, 2007
    Location:
    Toronto
    Forgot about a short lived place in Kensington market, which has a bunch of Mexican places. This place was in a kind of food court and just had one guy doing everything. It was really really good but if there were even a couple people in front of you it could take forever. Bourdain put him on one of his shows.

    He eventually opened a proper sit down restaurant that I never made it to. After it closed he disappeared.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
  13. DrPepper

    DrPepper Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    1,128
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2017
    Location:
    Texas
    Tried Chubby's once... too greasy for me, authentic yes, but greasy as hell
     
    t guitar floyd likes this.
  14. philpm

    philpm TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    76
    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2012
    Location:
    Kansas City, MO
    That they do not appear to have. Looks interesting though.
     
  15. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    38,241
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2011
    Location:
    Bakersfield
    We're going to a Boxcar Music Festival show tonight in honor of Merle Haggard with my daughter and son in law. His sons Benny and Noel will be there and Mo Pitney, along with some others. We are going to stop off at the Hacienda Grill a little Mexican joint that the Mexican people themselves eat at here in Bakersfield. I know the Mexican people go there, because I have some Mexican friends who invite me to lunch, and we usually go there. Nothing fancy but the food is especially good. The folks who own it, run it, and they are super nice!
     
  16. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    21,344
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Location:
    Coolum Beach,Australia
    The last Mex eatery I went to was in Ensenada back in '85.....:rolleyes:

    there aren't too many Mex places around here.... I do make nachos/tacos sometimes at home if that counts...:D

    red beans and rice,,,;)
     
  17. boredguy6060

    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,381
    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2012
    Location:
    Sou Cal
    We have a Tamale festival every year.
    Hundreds of tamale makers compete for a title and cash.
    I love Tamales, I buy several dozen and freeze them, eat’em all year round.
    These are some serious Tamale makers at the festival and you can get some of the most delicious Tamales anywhere in the world at this festival.
    As far as restaurants go, so many mom and pop restaurants around here that serve some delicious Mexican food.
     
  18. Telecasterless

    Telecasterless Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,054
    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2011
    Location:
    los angeles
    This thread could seriously have over 1000 pages, and that's just Los Angeles.

    I can't even try to begin.
     
    chet again and dkmw like this.
  19. ravindave_3600

    ravindave_3600 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,722
    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2004
    Location:
    Newly Indiana
    We may have met back then. I was in all those stores a lot. In 85 I bought a 66 Pro Reverb at Rainbow I still love today. But I do miss the maelstrom of musical beauty and hype that was Chicago Store...it's closing was a great historical and cultural loss.

    I'm not recalling the tacqueria you're talking about. By the hotel where Dennis Wilson got busted for, um, consorting with a lass of insufficient years?
     
  20. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,755
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Location:
    Missoula, Montana
    was it Boca Taco? They used to be on Speedway. Killer tacos.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.