Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Reason I Know Mexican Food on The Strip Sucks

Mexican food in Las Vegas is sub-par as a whole, and a downright rip-off on the strip. I know there are some places on the strip with decent food which claim to be Mexican restaurants, but if you're paying more than ten dollars for a burrito, beans, and rice you're doing something wrong.

This isn't a blog about any particular Las Vegas restaurant though. Instead, I simply wonder why we can't get it right in this town. I just took a short jaunt to my hometown of Fresno, California and one of my lunches was at Mariscos Colima. No fancy neon signs or scantily clad female bartenders pouring too much Patron. Instead, it's two trailers, a concrete roof between them covering twenty or so tables, and good food.

While nothing in this valley can compare to that one place alone, not to mention five or six others in Fresno that are great (not just passable like the stuff here) Mexican restaurants, the "Mexican" restaurants on the strip receive all negative marks in my book for not understanding what makes that regional cuisine great.

I could go on and on with my specific gripes beyond high prices and generally bland food, but I won't bore you with that. I just don't bother with Mexican food on the Strip anymore, and that's a shame because it is one of my favorite cuisines.

Brian William Waddell is a foodie, beer geek, and author. His numerous blog posts range from food to politics. He also has a book of poetry, Fractured Prose, available here, and is ready to publish his second poetic endeavor.

1 comment:

  1. I dunno. Lindo Michoacan is pretty good in my book, and Border Grill at M-Bay is simply amazing. (Yes, I know it's pricey... But IMHO it's worth it.)

    Still, overall I agree with you... Especially since like you, I am a California transplant. In my case, I lived closer to la frontera in Orange County. My family there is just blessed beyond belief with so many tacquerias, carnicerias, panaderias, and any other type of eating place that you can think of. And honestly, I still miss that.

    I can't wait until my next trip "home" to enjoy a chile relleno muy bueno, an agua fresca, and perhaps an autentico pan dulce. ;-)