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What's the Difference Between Tex-Mex and Mexican Food?

Meredith Bethune 57 comments

Mexican food confused me when I first moved to Texas. Suddenly I encountered restaurants serving the Lone Star state's famous queso dip next to cochinita pibil from Yucatán wrapped in flour tortillas. I didn't know what to make of it. But Carlos Rivero, owner of El Chile Cafe y Cantina and several other Mexican restaurants in Austin, clarified that "'Mexican' is a very broad term because that profile encompasses so many different flavors and ingredients. When come to El Chile, you can have a modern take on Mexican or you can have the die-hard fajita platter. It's up to you." More

We Eat All of the Tortas at Xoco in Chicago

Nick Kindelsperger 9 comments

I've loved every torta I've tried from Xoco over the years, but which one is best? To figure out for sure, I decided to taste all the options side by side, hoping that this would allow me to tease out the best options from the pack. More

Charcoal Grilled Arrachera at Mezquite Pollo Express

Chicago Mike Gebert 9 comments

You might think that I could find a million places grilling arrachera for steak tacos. But in a decade of looking, I had only gotten close once... at a mainly chicken place. More

South Side Eats: Massive Tortas at Doña Torta in Little Village

Chicago Titus Ruscitti 3 comments

[Photographs: Titus Ruscitti] The torta sandwich is as common in Mexican restaurants these days as tacos or burritos. Rick Bayless's Xoco made them fashionable, but they've always been a lunchtime favorite of Chicago's Mexican community. Dona Torta in Little... More

11 Seafood Tacos We Love in Chicago

Chicago Titus Ruscitti 1 comment

With Lent in full swing and my love of tacos a year-round thing, now is as good a time as any to put together a fish taco roundup. Since we already have a solid fried fish taco list, I set out to find 11 options that avoided the fryer completely. More

Snapshots from Mexico: The Best Things I Ate and Drank in Nayarit

Lauren Sloss 11 comments

Ultra-fresh seafood, sprawling salsa bars, and more fresh corn tortillas than you can shake a fish at—it's all waiting for you in beautiful Nayarit, Mexico. More

Las Quecas Brings Cancun Quesadillas to Chicago

Chicago Titus Ruscitti 1 comment

I'd like to welcome Las Quecas to Chicago, which is the first outlet of the quesadilleria outside of Cancun. I stopped into try the specialty of the house, and also got the chance to talk to chef Ambrocia about what led to his decision to open here. More

Experience Chicago's Noble Cheap Steak Tradition at El Azteca

Chicago Mike Gebert 5 comments

All you need is steak with a couple of cebollitas (grilled green onions), which seems to be what all these steak combinations come down to. More

Lunch in the Loop: Lost in Translation at Spanglish

Chicago Dennis Lee 4 comments

To be honest, the menu isn't that much different from La Cocina, but its interior does look different, with a sleeker urban feel to it. So you'll see burritos, tortas, enchiladas, that sort of thing on the menu. More

10 Comforting South Side Mexican Soups to Help You Warm Up

Chicago Titus Ruscitti 4 comments

You want to know a good way to judge a Mexican restaurant? Try its caldos. I always like to keep an eye out over winter to see what's out there, and here are ten specific offerings to try as winter wears on. More

Fantastic Flor de Calabaza at El Huarache de Maria

Chicago Mike Gebert 3 comments

El Huarache de Maria means "Maria's Slipper," and it specializes in the long freshly-made tortillas called huaraches, which here would seem to suggest that Maria wears a 27EEEE. So that's what the flor de la calabaza go on here, and combined with their smoky, robust refried beans, it's a first-rate version. More

South Side Eats: Alambres at Tacos Mario's

Chicago Titus Ruscitti 2 comments

Alambres show up here and there in the Chicagoland. Exact preparation can vary by region and restaurant, but here the dish includes chopped meats, vegetables, and lots of cheese mixed together with bacon. More

Becoming Part of the Family at Chef Jonathan Zaragoza's Three Generations Dinner at Masa Azul

Chicago Joe Roy 4 comments

Whether talking with Jonathan or one of the other family members, I've always been struck by how much the collective family dynamic permeates the Zaragozas' food. More

Investigating the Promise of Real Al Pastor at Mazamitla and El Burrito Amigo

Chicago Mike Gebert 10 comments

One of the hard things about finding good Mexican food is that signs typically promise things that are not literally true. The outside promises a pastor cone, but then all they do is grill marinated pork on a flat top. But some places still use a trompo. More

Eat This Now: Oaxacan-Style Carne Asada at Frontera

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 4 comments

Ever get menu fright? It's not when you're scared of ordering because nothing looks good, but when you're overwhelmed by the choices and worried you'll make the mistake of ordering the merely great when you want the incredible. That's how I feel every time I visit Frontera Grill. More

Wild Side: Corn Smut and Cow Head at Maxwell Street Market

Chicago Dennis Lee 1 comment

Frankly, corn smut (otherwise known as huitlacoche) can look a little scary, because it's jet black and mushy, and an infected corn kernel doesn't always scream "eat me!" But in Mexico it's a delicacy, and what's good for Mexico is good for me. More

Check Out Rosa's Tamales in the Heart of 'Tamale Chicago'

Chicago Mike Gebert 1 comment

They know what they're doing here with tamales, as they should since they have another Rosa's barely two blocks away on 55th. More

Try Everything But the Tacos at La Chilangueada

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

I visited La Chilangueada to try one thing, but that plan changed fast. Now I'm kind of convinced that La Chilangueada is one of the best all-around taquerias in Chicago, especially on the North Side. More

Lunch in the Loop: Burritos as Big as Your Forearm at La Bamba

Chicago Dennis Lee 18 comments

The food might not be the greatest in the world, but it brings back memories for me, plus you can tell your coworkers you ate a dish the size of your forearm for lunch. More

A Cheap Mexican Takeout Feast from Garcia's

Chicago Lindsey Howald Patton 3 comments

Garcia's in Lincoln Square does a tidy takeout business through a separate, Western Avenue-facing entrance. It's nothing fancy, and that's precisely the point. More

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