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Old 09-13-18, 01:41 PM
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Pretty much any New Mexican restaurant is going to be better then regular Mexican, Tex-Mex, Californian, etc....
That's subjective, like saying "Pretty much any Thai restaurant is going to be better than regular Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, ...)"

I will agree with you that my opinion is that NewMex is better than TexMex (and CalMex is also better than TexMex), but I've had great NewMex and CalMex and wouldn't put one above the other. Different regional variations.

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In San Diego, head to Super Cocina. Fabulous food!
YES YES YES that place is amazeballs. Never been to another mexican restaurant like it. It's not about burritos/tacos, which I guess is more NW/TJ-region of Mexico, but it seems to be like stews. Everything is some kind of meat and/or veg in an amazing sauce, served with rice and beans and corn tortillas. Mole yes, but tons of other types of sauces as well.

The ambiance is very, ahem, well let me just say to anybody who is a clean freak, if you visit super cocina, resist the urge to walk straight back out the door. The food is worth it.
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'Giant' carne asada burritos for $4.55? Have prices risen that much since 2012, or is this place cheaper than most? I don't hang out downtown much. Up here in Poway the burritos run about $6-7
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I had to stay in Gallup, for work years ago. The little hotel we stayed at had a restaurant that some of the best chicken enchiladas I've ever had. Served with homemade flour tortillas....yum.
I stayed overnight in Gallup this summer, just passing through on a road trip. I was all excited and researched beforehand the best places to have dinner, but we got there too late Sunday night. After driving all around town and finding everything on my list closed, 8pm, starving family about to mutiny, we went to...

...Taco Bell.

(and we loved it, as always, but would have loved great local NewMexican fare better)

Sante Fe had some outstanding Mexican food as well.
A few years back we were in Santa Fe and our hotel recommended a little hole-in-the wall restaurant across the street (Cerillos) called El Comal. It was fantastic. (Green chile cheesburgers at Shake Foundation were also fantastic, but that's another thing)
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I became aware of "Mission Burritos" from listening to Aisha Tyler's podcast-interview with fellow SFer Jesse Thorn. I've had Chipotle, and it's OK (frankly I prefer TB or *Bertos), but I'd like to try a really good example of a Mission Burrito. Know of any places in San Diego that do them?
No. Chipotle is somewhat close. And Baja Fresh has some stuff of like that too. But both of those suffer from chain restaurant blandness.

I've noticed San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco all have their distinct variants of Mexican food. San Diego is the most traditional Mexican. Los Angeles has wet burritos which I love but I can't find down here. San Fran has hippy-inspired things like Mission Burritos.
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No. Chipotle is somewhat close. And Baja Fresh has some stuff of like that too. But both of those suffer from chain restaurant blandness.
I figured Chipotle is too chain-y to reproduce The Real Thing

[QUOTE[Los Angeles has wet burritos which I love but I can't find down here[/QUOTE]
This place near me has Wet Burritos on their menu, not sure if their understanding of 'wet' is what you're looking for:
Rob Jalapenos - Mexican Restaurant
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That's subjective, like saying "Pretty much any Thai restaurant is going to be better than regular Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, ...)"
Oh yeah completely subjective and I wondered if and when someone would call me on it.

My opinion, and it's only that, is driven by how much I miss the SW in general, NM particularly, and the cooking very specifically.
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BTW, I do think that "Pretty much any Thai restaurant is going to be better than 'regular' Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, ...)", but that's just the same as saying my opinion is that Thai food is tastier than other Asian cuisines. I've often described my experience of discovering Thai after growing up only knowing 'Chinese' food, it's like switching from B&W TV to Color. That's partly down to only ever having gone to run-of-the-mill Chinese restaurants in the U.S., but on the other hand, I also only ever go to run-of-the-mill Thai restaurants in the U.S. and they are hands-down more flavorful and exciting.
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In the Sac suburbs, the clone-a-Bertos chains are not better than Taco Bell. They're just a different kind of gross. Things might be better in downtown LA, I don't know. Sacramento is basically a gold rush town that made it, with no really thorough Mexican colonization before that, so it's not like the southern cities in that way.
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Sonoran often gets overlooked. Cheese soup, seafood stuffed guero peppers wrapped in bacon and of course Sonoran dogs in a real roll.
Tacos Aspon in Tucson is a great asadero.
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Last year I was out driving with Mom and we happened on a very unique little Mexican restaurant in Toppinish on the Yakima Indian Reservation up in Washington.

I have to wonder if it would have passed the US health regulations, but it was on the reservation. It was a little restaurant owned by a Latino guy that only spoke a couple of words of English.

The meal was small... essentially ordering several small sides. But good.

Hmmm... I'm not finding the restaurant online. Perhaps some more searching. We sat outside. There some big vats of some juice in the window which we didn't sample.
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Texas has a passable semi fast food Mexican food chain called Taco Cabana far better than Taco Bell.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
'Giant' carne asada burritos for $4.55? Have prices risen that much since 2012, or is this place cheaper than most? I don't hang out downtown much. Up here in Poway the burritos run about $6-7
You know what, I've never even eaten in their San Diego establishment in the 10 years that I lived there. I've only eaten in their place in Spokane Valley on the East Side. And I've not yet had their burrito. I like their Chile Rellenos, Camaron Shrimp Plate, Steak Fajitas, Grilled Chicken, Enchiladas, Rolled Tacos and especially desert dishes like Flan, Churros and Sopas.

The prices are very reasonable, the portions relatively large and everything I know about Mexican dishes (which admittedly isn't everything) seems to be there (except
Sopapillas). I've eaten a lot of Mexican food from Texas to California and in between and all-around I'd give this one the edge over 'Bertos in San Diego.

Someday I guess I'll hafta try their burrito.
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Oaxacan style Mexican food.

https://la.eater.com/2018/2/15/16664...xican-regional
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Taco Bell: Make a run for the bathroom.
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Nice looking list... for LA.

Try Ranas in Spring Valley. (Actually Casa de Oro)
Ranas Mexico City Cuisine authentic Mexican food serving San Diego since 2004 ? This Is Ranas
We serve traditional drinks like Horchata and Jamica, Mexican bottled sodas, hand crafted Margaritas, Micheladas, Wine and finally Pulque.

We serve traditional dishes you can’t find anywhere else in San Diego like Chicken in Pecan Sauce, Shrimp in 4 Cheese and Poblanos Plate, Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza and Quesadillas de Huitlacoche and our delicious Tri-Color Enchiladas featuring three types of Mole.
Stuff like I go to Ensenada for... ie, very Mexican, and NOTHING like Taco Bell. TB is just hamburger in a tortilla... OK for quick munchies, but NOT real Mexican.
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Wow that looks amazing
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Nice looking list... for LA.

Try Ranas in Spring Valley. (Actually Casa de Oro)
Ranas Mexico City Cuisine authentic Mexican food serving San Diego since 2004 ? This Is Ranas
That looks pretty good, I think I might have been there once actually. After the time I held a berfday ride around Great Western Loop I remember my buddy led us to someplace a little west of the rancho san diego shopping center, but in my memory it was on the south side of Campo rd.
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Taco Bell: Make a run for the bathroom.
lol. I usually call it Taco Smell, or sometimes Taco Hell. "Think outside the bun" was a genius slogan though, they should have stuck with it.
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lol. I usually call it Taco Smell, or sometimes Taco Hell. "Think outside the bun" was a genius slogan though, they should have stuck with it.
It's just too bad Americans think this is real Mexican food...

Oh well... like Wonderbread is good bread, and American Cheese is real cheese.... not to mention the brown water so many call coffee, and the pale yellow piss that for so long passed as beer. All this the result of corporate kitchens.

On the plus side, salsa has now replaced ketchup as the number one condiment. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.the...rticle/309844/

Of course, America still makes the best hamburgers. Try em with salsa and avacado.
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I used to eat some sort of cactus burrito there when I'd drop my bike off at Bill Holland's when he used to have his shop down the street. Very good food!
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At least it's not Anotherbertos
Any *bertos is much better than TB
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Jamaica: I have been brewing my own version of the Jamaica drink.

Since I live in Southern California, I go to a Hispanic supermarket and buy the dry & cut tea leaf Hisbicus.
I make sure I bring it to a boil and simmer for a while. I think it says: "a product of China". That's why the extra boiling precaution.

But I don't add any sweetener, no sugar, no artificial sweetener.

I end up with just a base. I use that base and drink it with ice to make it an iced tea and mixed with Acai juice to give it more flavor.
Or I use that base as the liquid to my smoothies.

That base alone, is a rich dark red color and quite bitter by itself.

Its either Horchata or Jamaica, and for me its the Jamaica (Hibiscus tea) that seems more versatile.
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