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(Los Angeles Magazine)   We snobs in LA keep hearing that you New Yorkers have figured out Mexican tacos. Au contraire: "Most of your tacos are made by Poblanos, but Puebla is not known for its tacos. There's barely a taco culture there outside al pastor and tacos arabes"   (lamag.com) divider line 136
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2013-10-05 09:03:47 PM
As a DC resident, I'm genuinely curious how this flamewar plays out.

I'm giving it to LA.  They are closer to the "source."
 
2013-10-05 09:05:16 PM
I just read the article and I'd like to change my comment:

I hate the author, everyone in NY, and everyone in LA.

Thank you.
 
2013-10-05 09:23:24 PM
Yeah, I only eat small indie tacos from an underground truck.  You've probably never heard of them.
 
2013-10-05 09:29:26 PM
I have to confess, I'd love to tour LA with this author.
 
2013-10-05 09:41:48 PM
I give zero shiats about the authenticity of something as long as it has some deliciousness involved.
 
2013-10-05 09:59:46 PM
If you find a Mexican grandmother working a food cart, you've hit pay dirt.  I don't really care where the hell you are at the time.
 
2013-10-05 11:36:24 PM
Ummm.. tacos al pastor are really good.
 
2013-10-06 12:13:00 AM
OMG, THIS MADE ME WANT TACOS!!

Now I feel like homer Simpson drooling over food.


Cilantro....jalapenos...avocado... nomnomnom

/L.A. resident
 
2013-10-06 12:34:45 AM
SARAH PALIN THREAD!
 
2013-10-06 12:34:49 AM
Screw you all Tacos are best in Texas!

//Mexican, Tex-Mex and Southwestern cuisine are 3 main reasons I stay in this state.
 
2013-10-06 12:34:50 AM
This statement seems to indicate there is something wrong with al pastor.

Martha, get me the shotgun.
 
2013-10-06 12:37:42 AM

JerseyTim: Ummm.. tacos al pastor are really good.


Aren't they basically just Mexican gyros?
 
2013-10-06 12:41:22 AM
What a sad article. You know why Stephen Hawking never gets on the internet to argue about physics in Youtube comments? For the same reason Texans dont write silly articles about how their tacos are better than New York's.
 
2013-10-06 12:43:30 AM
We taco snobs down in San Diego would like you preppy LA douchebags to shut the hell up.
 
2013-10-06 12:43:31 AM
I need tacos! I *need* them, or I'll explode!

/That happens to me sometimes
 
2013-10-06 12:46:41 AM
Immigrant food & In-&-Out burgers are all Los Angeles has to offer.  Mexican food is totally hit-or-miss there ... you pretty much have to be a local connoisseur or else you'll end up with a Kool-Aid margarita & hospital-grade slop.
 
2013-10-06 12:56:53 AM

HotWingAgenda: We taco snobs down in San Diego would like you preppy LA douchebags to shut the hell up.


Second, LA and NY are pretenders.
 
2013-10-06 01:00:09 AM

rustypouch: I need tacos! I *need* them, or I'll explode!

/That happens to me sometimes


Gir! Take us back to the base! You are ruining our mission!
 
2013-10-06 01:04:32 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Yeah, I only eat small indie tacos from an underground truck.  You've probably never heard of them.


Interesting thing, the small city of Asbury Park, NJ next to my town has on their boardwalk a "Korean Fusion Taco" stand (one of the few stands still operating during the fall), designed from some reused ship cargo containers. In that stand, the many times I have passed it by, I have witnessed no Koreans, nor Mexicans working there, but a whole bunch of Hipsters you can be sure of. I am still worried about one of the employee's beard hairs falling into my food, so I don't eat there!
 
2013-10-06 01:23:39 AM
Todd Barry has this covered: Eating with Friends
 
2013-10-06 01:27:48 AM
The article is annoying, but the point that different parts of Mexico have different food cultures is a good one that the USA is slowly catching on to.

I'm sure there are some pretty good tacos somewhere in NYC. There are definitely good tacos in LA.
 
2013-10-06 01:29:49 AM
"authentic food" isn't always better

in this case, however, it is true.  mum's mexican, excellent cook, and toured mexico with her eating the real deal. new york has largely americanised crap, only fit for your dog.
 
2013-10-06 01:30:12 AM
LA Mexican food snobs are insufferable. I'm from Colorado, and people from LA would always go out of their way to tell me how Chipotle was not good because it's not "real Mexican food." My response was always, "I eat goat meat and corn tortillas down on Federal Boulevard too, mother farker, why can't I like both?"

Most ethnic food in America isn't 'real,' but I'll throw down on some spicy tuna rolls, sweet and sour pork, or a chicken burrito any day.
 
2013-10-06 01:33:55 AM
You got tacos, we got pizza. That's fine with me.
 
2013-10-06 01:34:50 AM

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"This stuff's made in New York City!"

 
2013-10-06 01:40:09 AM

DarkSoulNoHope: Benevolent Misanthrope: Yeah, I only eat small indie tacos from an underground truck.  You've probably never heard of them.

Interesting thing, the small city of Asbury Park, NJ next to my town has on their boardwalk a "Korean Fusion Taco" stand (one of the few stands still operating during the fall), designed from some reused ship cargo containers. In that stand, the many times I have passed it by, I have witnessed no Koreans, nor Mexicans working there, but a whole bunch of Hipsters you can be sure of. I am still worried about one of the employee's beard hairs falling into my food, so I don't eat there!


Sounds like a ripoff of Mogo.
images.wikia.com
 
2013-10-06 01:41:32 AM
Thats funny, because down here in Texas we are still waiting for the Californians to figure out what mexican food is supposed to taste like...
 
2013-10-06 01:44:08 AM

tzzhc4: Screw you all Tacos are best in Texas!


Nothing beats the look on a yankee's face when you tell him everyone eats tacos for breakfast here.


Ishkur: [i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]
"This stuff's made in New York City!"


NEW YORK CITY?!?!
 
2013-10-06 01:47:03 AM

DarkSoulNoHope: rustypouch: I need tacos! I *need* them, or I'll explode!

/That happens to me sometimes

Gir! Take us back to the base! You are ruining our mission!


Can we get a giant burrito too?
 
2013-10-06 01:47:40 AM

Spaced Lion: tzzhc4: Screw you all Tacos are best in Texas!

Nothing beats the look on a yankee's face when you tell him everyone eats tacos for breakfast here.

"This stuff's made in New York City!"

NEW YORK CITY?!?!


Get a rope!
 
2013-10-06 01:49:05 AM
California and Arizona have really good Mexican food. New Mexican Mexican food is good but not the Sonoran style that I'm used to, they are very big on their chile peppers, which isn't at all a bad thing. Texas kinda makes it up as they go along.
 
2013-10-06 01:49:48 AM
I mean seriously though... The mexicans in california cook a different kind of mexican food than they do in Texas... I have tried both and prefer our Mexicans, thank you very much...  This is like watching a food fight between a 3rd grader and his baby brother.
 
2013-10-06 01:59:16 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Yeah, I only eat small indie tacos from an underground truck.  You've probably never heard of them.


I bet that truck get's terrible mileage, what with the friction of the dirt and all.
 
2013-10-06 01:59:21 AM
New York's response: "Uhm... OK."

/we don't care
//we also realize that "Chinese food" is pretty much American
///don't care there, either
 
2013-10-06 02:00:08 AM

JasonOfOrillia: get's


And I wasn't even drunk, just tired.
 
2013-10-06 02:12:13 AM
 
2013-10-06 02:14:00 AM
Here I am about to make a 2am run to Del Taco when I see this thread. It's fate...or something.

/it's got-damn dinner is what it is
//taco slashies
 
2013-10-06 02:14:10 AM

ArcadianRefugee: New York's response: "Uhm... OK."

/we don't care
//we also realize that "Chinese food" is pretty much American
///don't care there, either


Yeah, you care.  It always astounds me that the less traveled a New Yorker is they more they insist on the superiority of everything New York.
 
2013-10-06 02:16:36 AM
Also the local taco truck isn't open for another 8 hours and stomach demands tacos.
 
2013-10-06 02:17:44 AM
The Mexican here is really hit and miss. It's gotten better overall in the last couple of years though, I will say that much.

There's a place locally that serves "enchiladas" with velveeta melted on top. WTF
 
2013-10-06 02:24:21 AM
Oh, and don't get me started about quesadillas served with shredded lettuce, sometimes inside the tortilla. NOPE
 
2013-10-06 02:24:40 AM
Sums it up nicely
 
2013-10-06 02:25:11 AM
Surtida tacos!
 
2013-10-06 02:26:31 AM
Oh Yeah Los Angeles? YOUR PIZZA SUCKS...
 
2013-10-06 02:27:04 AM

poe_zlaw: What a sad article. You know why Stephen Hawking never gets on the internet to argue about physics in Youtube comments? For the same reason Texans dont write silly articles about how their tacos are better than New York's.


He might, I mean what else is he going to do, go for a jog?
 
2013-10-06 02:27:18 AM
Oh yeah? Well I bet our food bank is better.
 
2013-10-06 02:28:42 AM
What?  Restaurants that serve thousands of different people every day don't stay true to their roots and end up drifting towards their customers tastes?  Really?
 
2013-10-06 02:33:43 AM
Ugh... I meant this:

farm1.staticflickr.com
 
2013-10-06 02:39:22 AM

violentsalvation: California and Arizona have really good Mexican food. New Mexican Mexican food is good but not the Sonoran style that I'm used to, they are very big on their chile peppers, which isn't at all a bad thing. Texas kinda makes it up as they go along.


That would explain why when I visited San Antonio a few months ago, I noticed that the enchiladas from some restaurants had a distinct Velveeta flavor to them.
 
2013-10-06 02:45:12 AM

Mr. Eugenides: ArcadianRefugee: New York's response: "Uhm... OK."

/we don't care
//we also realize that "Chinese food" is pretty much American
///don't care there, either

Yeah, you care.  It always astounds me that the less traveled a New Yorker is they more they insist on the superiority of everything New York.


I live in Virginia. In 2002 I put 9,317 miles on my car, circling the continental US.

Eat it.
 
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