Do You Like Tex-Mex Food? My Battle To Find It

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    May 05, 2013 4:27 PM GMT
    First, Happy Cinco de Mayo to all those who celebrate it today. Oddly it's more a US observance than a Mexican one, to commemorate a Mexican military victory, and is NOT Mexico's Independence Day, as some Americans imagine, though the battle did help them regain independence.

    So today we're going to a place that will have an all-you-can-eat taco buffet, including hard-shell tacos. I have trouble finding them in Florida, but acquired a taste for them when I lived 4 years in San Antonio, Texas, a birthplace of Tex-Mex.

    But if you go into most Mexican restaurants and request them you get a snooty attitude. "WE only serve AUTHENTIC Mexican food". Well, OK, and I like that cuisine, too, but I still want hard-shell tacos with lots of shredded cheese, and maybe some fajitas, as well. I'm not ashamed to say I like Tex-Mex food, and I do know the difference with pure Mexican dishes.

    So do you like it too? Have trouble finding it? And I'll not include fast food places like Taco Bell, where the food only looks Tex-Mex.

    Or do you make your own? I sometimes do, but I'm not much into cooking, and my Italian husband wouldn't know a taco from a burrito.
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    May 05, 2013 9:23 PM GMT
    We don't have good TexMex OR good regional Mexican food in DC. I feel your pain. :-)
  • rnch

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    May 05, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    San Antonio, TX, along the river.


    Yummmmmm!!



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    May 05, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    Tex Mex is easy. It's just American food with salsa all over it. icon_lol.gif

    Have you tried Yelp?

    http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=tex+mex&find_loc=Wilton+Manors
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    May 06, 2013 12:53 AM GMT
    Come to Milwaukee... We have one particular part of the city that has about a dozen Tex-Mex places within about two block radius. The quality of them is mixed, but the area is very popular, especially in the summer when the big patios are open.

    We have a few authentic places as well, but Tex-Mex seems more dominant in the area.

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    May 06, 2013 1:39 AM GMT
    rnch saidSan Antonio, TX, along the river.

    Yummmmmm!!

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    Ah, the Riverwalk! Your New Orleans also claims a Riverwalk along the Mississippi, I've been there many times, but I believe the Texans of San Antonio have the earlier & better claim to the name. And theirs is certainly more charming. Sorry.

    Yeah, I had great Tex-Mex all along the SAT Riverwalk. And also throughout the city. My favorite time used to be in November and December, when the weather was perfect for outdoor dining along the San Antonio River. And on a late Sunday afternoon, when the tourists had thinned out, and I had the place mostly to myself.
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    May 06, 2013 7:02 AM GMT
    rnch saidSan Antonio, TX, along the river.


    Yummmmmm!!
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    You don't have to go along the river, you can find that EVERYWHERE in the city. When I eat Mexican food, it's just an excuse to have a salted rim margarita or a tequila sunrise with Cuervo or Patron.
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    May 06, 2013 9:09 AM GMT
    showme saidWe don't have good TexMex OR good regional Mexican food in DC. I feel your pain. :-)


    Anita's in Fairfax, VA. Get the carne adavada. It comes in a breakfast dish with eggs and also as a dinner. Droool!
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    May 06, 2013 2:36 PM GMT
    showme saidWe don't have good TexMex OR good regional Mexican food in DC. I feel your pain. :-)


    Sounds like a business opportunity.
  • LJay

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    May 06, 2013 2:49 PM GMT
    I honestly can't say that I know what is Tex-Mex and what is not. I do know that I have made hard shell tacos at home that taste orders of magnitude better than Taco Bell and I really don't know why. They are pretty simple to make. The big pain is prepping lots of ingredients--chopping, slicing, shredding, etc. I am not a great fan of super spicy, but Penzey's chipotle powder in moderation is wonderful and has flavor as well as heat.

    Would some of the serious cooks here tell us what the essentials of Tex-Mex are?
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    May 06, 2013 3:18 PM GMT
    showme saidWe don't have good TexMex OR good regional Mexican food in DC. I feel your pain. :-)




    Other than Georgetown's enduring old houses, there's not much of anything good in D. C. nowdays.



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    May 06, 2013 3:23 PM GMT
    LJay, if a restaurant has enchiladas that consist of seasoned ground beef, wrapped in a corn tortilla, topped with chile con carne, cheddar cheese and chopped onion, that's Tex Mex. Hard shell tacos with ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes and cheddar cheese are Tex Mex. Chile con queso made out of Velveeta and canned Rotel tomatoes is Tex Mex. Fajitas are slightly (80s) more current Tex Mex.

    rnch said
    showme saidWe don't have good TexMex OR good regional Mexican food in DC. I feel your pain. :-)

    Other than Georgetown's enduring old houses, there's not much of anything good in D. C. nowdays.icon_sad.gif


    Well, THAT'S not true. This is a great place to live overall.

  • gwuinsf

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    May 06, 2013 3:35 PM GMT
    There's a Chevy's in Miami.

    http://chevys.com/locations.aspx
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    May 06, 2013 3:36 PM GMT
    gwuinsf saidThere's a Chevy's in Miami.

    http://chevys.com/locations.aspx


    Chevy's is not good Tex Mex. It'll do in a pinch, but serious meh.
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    May 06, 2013 3:40 PM GMT
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    showme said
    gwuinsf saidThere's a Chevy's in Miami.

    http://chevys.com/locations.aspx


    Chevy's is not good Tex Mex. It'll do in a pinch, but serious meh.

    el snobito


    Lol, I am the very last person you should call a food snob. I love all kinds of down home food. Chevy's is just meh, not bad but meh.
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    May 06, 2013 3:40 PM GMT
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    showme said
    gwuinsf saidThere's a Chevy's in Miami.

    http://chevys.com/locations.aspx


    Chevy's is not good Tex Mex. It'll do in a pinch, but serious meh.

    el snobito


    Lol, I am the very last person you should call a food snob. I love all kinds of down home food. Chevy's is just meh, not bad but meh.

    EDIT:

    My ideas of good Tex Mex, from Texas:

    Matt's El Rancho in Austin (I go to Matt's Rancho Martinez in Dallas when I go home to visit).

    Chuy's in Austin (never been to other branches).

    Primo's in Dallas (great Mexican breakfast).

    The best we have in DC is Uncle Julio's, which is a Texas chain but not as good here IMO.
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    May 06, 2013 3:40 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    So today we're going to a place that will have an all-you-can-eat taco buffet, including hard-shell tacos.

    Dénouement: We did go, and it was fun, met lots of friends. And then we went to 2 other places, all marking Cinco de Mayo, had a lovely Sunday afternoon.

    But I must say, the ground beef in the taco buffet at the first place was kinda bland, just minced hamburger. It really needed some seasoning.

    I used to get a taco seasoning from out of state shipped to me, that could make even ground turkey taste like great taco meat. You couldn't tell it wasn't beef, and was healthier.

    So I've gotta think about getting that seasoning again. Except that would require me doing some cooking, which I absolutely detest. icon_mad.gif
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    May 06, 2013 3:42 PM GMT
    showme said
    gwuinsf saidThere's a Chevy's in Miami.

    http://chevys.com/locations.aspx


    Chevy's is not good Tex Mex. It'll do in a pinch, but serious meh.


    I agree it's not the best, but the guy said he can't find it in Florida. Beggar's can't be choosers!
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    May 06, 2013 3:47 PM GMT
    gwuinsf said
    showme said
    gwuinsf saidThere's a Chevy's in Miami.

    http://chevys.com/locations.aspx

    Chevy's is not good Tex Mex. It'll do in a pinch, but serious meh.

    I agree it's not the best, but the guy said he can't find it in Florida. Beggar's can't be choosers!

    I don't know if the "guy" referenced is me, but I'll pass on begging. I also mentioned in the OP that Taco Bell has hard-shell tacos in Florida, but they are garbage.

    I'm trying to get a good eating experience, comparable to San Antonio Tex-Mex, not merely having something CALLED a taco for the sake of saying I had one. icon_razz.gif
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    May 07, 2013 1:35 PM GMT
    Tex-Mex? Seriously? UGHHHH! Tex-Mex got started when some redneck Texans got too close to Mexico (or Mexicans got too close to Texas). The rednecks reluctantly tried some Mexican food and said: "Hey Billy Bob....try this crazy food these damn Mexicans eat. Here, try this...it's called a buuuurita. If ya took all them fresh herbs and spices off of it and poured some gravy on it, it might be pretty good."

    Have you tried Tex-Jap? It's deep fried sushi with gravy on top.
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    May 07, 2013 2:00 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    rnch saidSan Antonio, TX, along the river.

    Yummmmmm!!

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    Ah, the Riverwalk! Your New Orleans also claims a Riverwalk along the Mississippi, I've been there many times, but I believe the Texans of San Antonio have the earlier & better claim to the name. And theirs is certainly more charming. Sorry.

    Yeah, I had great Tex-Mex all along the SAT Riverwalk. And also throughout the city. My favorite time used to be in November and December, when the weather was perfect for outdoor dining along the San Antonio River. And on a late Sunday afternoon, when the tourists had thinned out, and I had the place mostly to myself.




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    May 08, 2013 5:12 PM GMT
    Sorry Bob, but I prefer Mexican food over Tex-Mex. Don't get me wrong, I will eat Tex-Mex but if I'm faced with a restaurant choice between that and Mexican, the latter wins.
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    May 08, 2013 6:03 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidSorry Bob, but I prefer Mexican food over Tex-Mex. Don't get me wrong, I will eat Tex-Mex but if I'm faced with a restaurant choice between that and Mexican, the latter wins.

    And that's fine, we all have our tastes. It's not a matter of one being better than the other. I like authentic Mexican, too. I'd just like for good Tex-Mex to be AVAILABLE outside Texas.
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    May 08, 2013 6:50 PM GMT
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    ART_DECO said
    Erik101 saidSorry Bob, but I prefer Mexican food over Tex-Mex. Don't get me wrong, I will eat Tex-Mex but if I'm faced with a restaurant choice between that and Mexican, the latter wins.

    And that's fine, we all have our tastes. It's not a matter of one being better than the other. I like authentic Mexican, too. I'd just like for good Tex-Mex to be AVAILABLE outside Texas.

    Not a fan of La Bamba, eh?


    Haha! I prefer the Ritchie Valens versus the Los Lobos version. icon_biggrin.gif