February 3, 2005

Why I Hate Mexican

POST #    1549

The main reason - beans. Besides making you toot, I'm just not a huge fan of the beans found in Mexican food. I can obviouly pick them out, but how big a pain is that. I also know that Mexican isn't just beans, but that is a major component, no? The extent of my Mexican food likes? The rice (without beans) and carne asada. Yeah, rice and steak. Can't go wrong with either.

Also, when you think about it, what are your "common" Mexican options? Tacos, burritos? Tacos are okay, but I'm not a huge fan of tortillas - the smell, taste and consistency kind of weird me out - and burritos almost always contain beans. I don't really like the spices that are often used on Mexican food either.

I guess I can be a picky eater at times. But it's not all beans. Just the beans in Mexican food. Black, brown, refried, whatever. I do like soybeans and the such though. However, if someone wants to buy me some good, authentic Mexican food, I'd be more than willing to try it.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 7:56 AM



But it's not all beans. Just the beans in Mexican food. Black, brown, refried, whatever.

You didn't like the beans in the chili I made either.

However, if someone wants to buy me some good, authentic Mexican food, I'd be more than willing to try it.

Good luck finding that in NY. After I moved there from SoCal I was really disappointed in the mex food and finally settled for mediocre Mex food in NYC. Now that I'm back in Chicago I'm back to great Mexican food. We've supposedly got the 3rd largest Mexcian population in the US here.

Posted by: rachelleb at February 3, 2005 8:20 AM

WHIMP! i just invision you having one bad experience with mexican food and not trying anything else. I dont like beans, rice or other nasty stuff in my mexican food.. but i have found other wonderful dishes- and drinking Margaritas really helps. by the way, who doesnt go for mexican food just for the margaritas!

Posted by: shannan at February 3, 2005 8:40 AM

not true. it probably wouldn't be as bad now.. but when i first moved i had some bad experiences. living 30 minutes from mexico and eating tons of authentic food spoils you. so does living on the beach, but that's another story!

Posted by: rachelleb at February 3, 2005 8:49 AM

right, i don't generally like chili because of the beans. but those are easier to pick out.

oh, and i can get behind the margaritas. and if i'm drunk enough, i suppose the food would be good.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 3, 2005 9:10 AM

true, the west-coast mexican food is a lot better then nyc's but i still went for the margaritas. oh and sometimes the chips and salsa, especially VA beach style.

Posted by: shannan at February 3, 2005 9:40 AM

I have yet to find good mexican food here as well. Shannan and I thought we'd found a place in Astoria, but it turned out to be a fluke... although we tried it 3 times more, with every time being worse than the last. I hear Dos Caminos is amazing, I want to try it, but it's expensive.

Posted by: christina at February 3, 2005 10:01 AM

It's a tradeoff... Here on the west coast, there's great mexican food at every fourth restaurant... However, the pizza's not as good as in NYC... Also, nothing close to Carnegie Deli...

The big thing out here now is fusion... Euro-Asian bistros...

Posted by: chris ives at February 3, 2005 10:56 AM

chris, given a choice on food alone, i would have to stay in the east coast based on pizza alone.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 3, 2005 11:14 AM

I've heard good things about Mercadito, and it's supposed to be fairly cheap (let me know if you want to go sometime); also -- Cafe El Portal is good, and you don't have to eat any beans. I promise.

Posted by: Laren [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 3, 2005 11:33 AM

Cosmic Cantina in Greenwich Village has good chimichangas... If you're not a fan of tortillas, steer clear...

Posted by: chris ives at February 3, 2005 11:40 AM

I was never a bean-lover, either, but have lately been choking down refried beans.

I just skip the whole issue and eat psuedo-mexican, like Chipotle. Mmm... chicken fajita burritos... *drool*

Posted by: matt at February 3, 2005 11:44 AM

what about cuban food? Not mexican, but some similar flavors. Janelle and I ate at this place in Bklyn Heights last week (Cafe El Cubanito...gothamist review, soon), and it was so delicious. We had huge plates of pork ribs with yuca fries. Cafe Habana on Prince Street is also excellente.

Posted by: yp at February 3, 2005 12:51 PM

i've been to cafe habana.. i saw luke wilson there. it's good. both the restaurant and luke :)

Posted by: rachelle at February 3, 2005 2:11 PM

You should be able to get decent food, and avoid beans, at La Palapa and Mi Cocina as well. It is hard to avoid the refried beans at the less expensive places.

Posted by: joe at February 3, 2005 4:46 PM

Guacamole. For that alone I love Mexican food.

Posted by: Jen at February 3, 2005 4:46 PM

I like the burritos at Chipotle, which is now all over the place. You can probably order with guacamole instead of beans, although I'm not sure if it falls under "authentic."

Posted by: Jesse at February 3, 2005 8:37 PM

Next time you're in Chicago, go to Frontera or Topolobampo, if they're still there. Both restaurants are/were owned by Rick Bayless, whom you can catch on the Food Channel sometimes. They send the staff down to Mexico every year to learn cooking techniques. Its pretty damn authentic.

Posted by: Michael at February 4, 2005 7:40 PM

Try Oaxacan food particularly the notable chicken mole poblano. Or Enchiladas Suiza. Or Fish Tacos which I am not certain are truly Mexican -- Vera Cruzan maybe? -- which are simple to make at home.

Posted by: la depressionada at February 7, 2005 11:28 AM

the best tacos in NYC are at Tehuitzingo Grocery on 10th Ave between 47th and 48th. You can get pork belly, bbq'd goat, potatos and jalepenos, cecina (salted beef), and lots of other variations. they also have quesadillas made with corn masa, not flour tortillas, and stuffed with either squash blossoms or huitalacoche (a mushroom that grows on corn). this place is awesome.

sounds like you've only had american mexican, which is like saying you don't like chinese food when all you've had is general tso's chicken from the mall's Oriental Garden.

Posted by: bill p at February 7, 2005 2:53 PM

I'm Mexican,and I do not like american food (if it exist) because the most of the food that i know in america it's from other country, like italian, japanese, etc.

I and i agree with you in one thing, i dont like beans neither, but belive me, i have living all my life, here,in Mexico and the beans are not a scencial food.

And if you´ll try a relly Mexican food.Try it in Mexico,it's the only way to eat delicious mexican food.

Posted by: Carolina at July 28, 2005 4:05 AM

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