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Logical
03-17-2006, 02:56 PM
Just had lunch at El Torito and for a national chain they get my vote. We have much, much better places here locally but that would not make for an interesting thread.

Donger
03-17-2006, 02:56 PM
Just had lunch at El Torito and for a national chain they get my vote. We have much, much better places here locally but that would not make for an interesting thread.

Chipotles.

Logical
03-17-2006, 02:59 PM
Chipotles.Is that the chain that specializes in Burritos. I have never ate at one but I have heard good things about it.

Donger
03-17-2006, 03:03 PM
Is that the chain that specializes in Burritos. I have never ate at one but I have heard good things about it.

Yes. Tacos too.

Oh, and it's "Chipotle" not "Chipotles."

I don't speak Mexican.

FAX
03-17-2006, 03:05 PM
I don't know if you guys have these in your area or not, but I like Baja Fresh. I think they are (or were) owned by Wendys so they may be national.

FAX

DaneMcCloud
03-17-2006, 03:06 PM
Chipotle? Yuck. It's a subsidiary of MacDonalds, and it's far lower on the food scale than Baja Fresh, Sharkey's and Rubio's (they're all "fast food").

I've never been into "chain" Mexican food, but El Torito Grill is better than the normal El Torito and they're both better than Acupulco Mexican Restaurant or Chevy's. Chevy's is nasty. The last time I was at a Chevy's two different people found insects in their dishes! (and this was in the Burbank Media Center - not some off the road joint).

Give me Border Grill in Santa Monica or El Cholo and even El Coyote long before "chain" food.

Logical
03-17-2006, 03:08 PM
I don't know if you guys have these in your area or not, but I like Baja Fresh. I think they are (or were) owned by Wendys so they may be national.

FAXWe do but they are a fast food place not a restaurant. Sort of on the order of a downscale Rubio's.

Logical
03-17-2006, 03:17 PM
Chipotle? Yuck. It's a subsidiary of MacDonalds, and it's far lower on the food scale than Baja Fresh, Sharkey's and Rubio's (they're all "fast food").

I've never been into "chain" Mexican food, but El Torito Grill is better than the normal El Torito and they're both better than Acupulco Mexican Restaurant or Chevy's. Chevy's is nasty. The last time I was at a Chevy's two different people found insects in their dishes! (and this was in the Burbank Media Center - not some off the road joint).

Give me Border Grill in Santa Monica or El Cholo and even El Coyote long before "chain" food.

I think Border Grill is regional we have one here in Mira Mesa San Diego, I prefer Tio Leos when it comes to the regional ones. I have not heard of the other two you mentioned.

Claynus
03-17-2006, 03:18 PM
Taco Bueno.

Logical
03-17-2006, 03:22 PM
Taco Bueno.WTF are you being serious?

Google time

Logical
03-17-2006, 03:23 PM
Taco Bueno.Appears to be fast food joint. Not a bad website though.

ChiefsCountry
03-17-2006, 03:24 PM
Taco Bell ROFL

FAX
03-17-2006, 03:25 PM
We do but they are a fast food place not a restaurant. Sort of on the order of a downscale Rubio's.

My bad, Mr. Vlad Logicslav. I see the word "chain" and automatically think of fast-food. Funny, that.

Please allow me to formally withdraw my vote as the only Mexican "restaurant" I patronize here is a local, family-owned place.

You may be interested in this, however. Their tacos are unique in my experience and are based on a family recipe handed down to the owners. The meat filling is combined with green peas. A corn tortilla is folded over the filling and held together with toothpicks. Then the whole thing is deep fried until the tortilla is crisp. They are awesome.

I wonder what their family used before toothpicks were invented, though.

FAX

Fish
03-17-2006, 03:30 PM
Burrito King???

Ohh never mind....

beavis
03-17-2006, 03:33 PM
Is In a Tub a national chain?

Logical
03-17-2006, 03:35 PM
...

I wonder what their family used before toothpicks were invented, though.

FAXROFL

bishop_74
03-17-2006, 03:36 PM
Apparently, none of you are from Texas...

Taco Cabana is probably the closest to authentic tes-mex you can get fast food wise.

Logical
03-17-2006, 03:37 PM
Is In a Tub a national chain?

Is "In a Tub" the place that was off of North Oak Trafficway and in the 70s offered a dozen tacos for a buck? Grease heaven as I recall.

Logical
03-17-2006, 03:38 PM
Apparently, none of you are from Texas...

Taco Cabana is probably the closest to authentic tes-mex you can get fast food wise.

Is Taco Cabana the place with garish pink adobe exterior? If so I have eaten at one.

StcChief
03-17-2006, 03:40 PM
Apparently, none of you are from Texas...

Taco Cabana is probably the closest to authentic tes-mex you can get fast food wise.

Very good fast food Chain Mexican, when I was in stinkin' Houston in 1992.

Bwana
03-17-2006, 03:45 PM
Taco Bell ROFL
:shake:

bishop_74
03-17-2006, 03:48 PM
Is Taco Cabana the place with garish pink adobe exterior? If so I have eaten at one.

That's the one! It's like the Waffle House of Mexican food. Fast, greasy, 24 hours, and oh so satisfying.

Nzoner
03-17-2006, 03:52 PM
I've only been to a few of the national chains and have not liked any of them.We have a place called LaMesa that started here and the owner now has 13 locations in 4 states,so maybe someday.Best salsa I've ever had.

Claynus
03-17-2006, 04:08 PM
Apparently, none of you are from Texas...

Taco Cabana is probably the closest to authentic tes-mex you can get fast food wise.

Taco Cabana is ass.

ArrowheadHawk
03-17-2006, 04:39 PM
yo quiero taco bell

KChiefs1
03-17-2006, 04:53 PM
Taco Tico

Miles
03-17-2006, 05:02 PM
Apparently, none of you are from Texas...

Taco Cabana is probably the closest to authentic tes-mex you can get fast food wise.

Its also some of the best drunk food. Not sure if I would eat there at a more normal time though.

Phobia
03-17-2006, 05:04 PM
Taco Cabana is ass.
I've gotten sick from their food twice. Twice is enough.

Miles
03-17-2006, 05:06 PM
Wahoo's Fish Taco is pretty good but Im not sure how many states have them.

Dunit35
03-17-2006, 05:07 PM
Playa azouls (sp) is a good restuarant. But I haven't really experienced many mexican restuarants.

DomerNKC
03-17-2006, 05:46 PM
chipotle...mmmmmmmmm

SBK
03-17-2006, 06:32 PM
In Vegas I had The Border Grill. That place was frickin good.

My favorite national types would be Taco Time (crisp meat burritos) and Q'Doba, which is like Chipolte only it's good.

DaneMcCloud
03-17-2006, 06:52 PM
I think Border Grill is regional we have one here in Mira Mesa San Diego, I prefer Tio Leos when it comes to the regional ones. I have not heard of the other two you mentioned.

There's a Border Grill in Santa Monica and one at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas. If there's one in SD, you should try it out. The owner are two well known chefs that have a show on the Food Network. More Yucatan penisula style Mexican food.

I'm surprised there's no Chevy's or Acupulco's in SD, as they're everywhere in Los Angeles. I like Rubio's and they're finally putting one on Vine in Hollywood. Wahoo's is okay, but nothing special. Sharkey's is like Baja Fresh, but more grilled fish/shrimp oriented and a little more expensive.

Logical
03-17-2006, 07:15 PM
There's a Border Grill in Santa Monica and one at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas. If there's one in SD, you should try it out. The owner are two well known chefs that have a show on the Food Network. More Yucatan penisula style Mexican food.

I'm surprised there's no Chevy's or Acupulco's in SD, as they're everywhere in Los Angeles. I like Rubio's and they're finally putting one on Vine in Hollywood. Wahoo's is okay, but nothing special. Sharkey's is like Baja Fresh, but more grilled fish/shrimp oriented and a little more expensive.

Sorry for the confusion when I said the other two I meant El Cholo and El Coyote. There are of course Acupulco's and Chevy's both of which are not very good.

DaneMcCloud
03-17-2006, 07:47 PM
Sorry for the confusion when I said the other two I meant El Cholo and El Coyote. There are of course Acupulco's and Chevy's both of which are not very good.

Ah, got it. El Cholo is the best mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, IMHO. There's 3 locations. The original, which was first opened downtown in 1927, one in K-Town (of all places!) on Western, and one in Wilshire on the westside. They also have a mini-El Cholo at LAX, but it's lame.

El Coyote is on Beverly Blvd & La Brea and has been around for over 75 years. Really good, cheap drinks and moderately priced "homestyle" Mexican food. It' a great Happy Hour place, but the food's pretty good. There's another great place on Beverly Blvd. near The Grove called Authentic Cafe. Oaxacan and Yacatan Penisula Mexican food, but great. A little pricier.

Can you tell that I like Mexican food?

Phobia
03-17-2006, 07:58 PM
The family ate at Habeneros in Lees Summitt tonight. I don't know how much of a chain it is but their fish tacos are second to none.

savedin79
03-17-2006, 08:09 PM
Taco Bell

Mr. Kotter
03-17-2006, 08:37 PM
Bang for the buck?

Seriously....I know it's Tex-Mex/American-Mex....but Taco Bell. I could live off that stuff... :)

Mr. Kotter
03-17-2006, 08:37 PM
Taco Bell

Amen, bro. :clap:

Frazod
03-17-2006, 09:34 PM
I always loved Chi-chi's but I think the chain died. I really liked the seafood chimichanga and fried ice cream. Yummy. There used to be one a couple of miles from here, too, but it closed years ago. Bastards.

The wife doesn't like Mexican food, so I haven't been to any of the sit-down restaurants around here. For burritos, there's a local chain called El Famous Burritos that is both authentic and awesome. I don't think they're national.

I agree that Chipolte is SHIT. Just like Panda is McOriental, Chipolte is McMexican. Yuck.

keg in kc
03-17-2006, 09:44 PM
On the Border is okay if there's nothing else.

I liked the couple of Margaritas I've eaten at here in the KC area, but it's been 2 or 3 years; I don't go to many sit-down restaurants now that I'm on my own.

Phobia
03-17-2006, 09:49 PM
Chi-Chi's was horrible, Tim.

One of the better ones in the KC area is Jose Peppers. We had them cater the last 37 Forever banquet and all the food was first class.

Frazod
03-17-2006, 09:54 PM
Chi-Chi's was horrible, Tim.

Well, I liked it. :harumph:

huskerdooz
03-17-2006, 09:56 PM
I don't know how national it is but we like El Maguey.

beavis
03-17-2006, 09:58 PM
Is "In a Tub" the place that was off of North Oak Trafficway and in the 70s offered a dozen tacos for a buck? Grease heaven as I recall.
There used to be one in Metro North Mall, but I don't know if it's there anymore. I doubt it is. The only one I know of now is the one off I-29 and Barry.

If you ever eat there, you might as well schedule an angioplasty the next day.

oaklandhater
03-18-2006, 01:35 AM
In Vegas I had The Border Grill. That place was frickin good.

My favorite national types would be Taco Time (crisp meat burritos) and Q'Doba, which is like Chipolte only it's good.


Taco time has got to be the best.

Chiefsrocker
03-18-2006, 09:53 AM
My wife loves Carlos O'Kelly's. I like it cause I feel you get a lot of food for the price. Have to say it is a bit expensive, but still good food. I work in Manhattan, and saw they do have a Chipotles. Guess I'll go check it out for lunch and see what the food is like.

StcChief
03-18-2006, 09:55 AM
Not fast food Chain reasonably inexpensive 'El Maguey' is decent.

Zebedee DuBois
03-18-2006, 10:30 AM
In Wichita, familiy owned "Connie's" makes the best taco in the world.



or at least in my world.

unlurking
03-18-2006, 10:36 AM
I'll second Qdoba's. The shredded beef nachos are awesome.

As for sit non-fast food, I never liked any of the chains. The mom 'n pops are always better.

Mr. Kotter
03-18-2006, 10:46 AM
In Wichita, familiy owned "Connie's" makes the best taco in the world.



or at least in my world.

Connie's Taco was a favorite of mine during college too.....heh...


:hump:

Tig O Bittys
03-18-2006, 10:48 AM
everyone knows taco tico is the best

KCChiefsFan88
03-18-2006, 11:07 AM
Baja Fresh

StcChief
03-18-2006, 11:09 AM
I'll second Qdoba's. The shredded beef nachos are awesome.

As for sit non-fast food, I never liked any of the chains. The mom 'n pops are always better.
Agreed.
Several around here with mama in the kitchen. Servering up good, plentiful portions.

Simplex3
03-18-2006, 11:45 AM
Chips, salsa, and a chimichanga at On the Border. Mmmmmm....

John_Wayne
03-18-2006, 12:52 PM
I'd have to agree with Chipotle and Baja Fresh.

Cave Johnson
03-18-2006, 01:45 PM
On The Border by a mile. Much, much better than any chain Mexican here in St. Louis.

AustinChief
03-18-2006, 04:15 PM
Ok.. you guys are crazy...

Fast Food=Taco Bell (which is not at mexican) or Taco Cabana for more "authentic" especially the homemade tortillas

BUT for real food, nothing beats Abuelos http://www.abuelos.com/locations.asp

They aren't national yet but they will be soon... they are throughout the midwest and growing...

They are actually better then some of the "best" local places here in Austin.

They have normal Tex/Mex and a number of very unique dishes... one of my favorites is STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST MEDALLIONS
Medallions of chicken breast stuffed with chorizo, poblano and cheese, and lightly fried. Served with refried beans and your choice of papas con chile or rice.

--Kyle

LiL stumppy
03-18-2006, 04:56 PM
I love mexican villa

KcMizzou
03-18-2006, 04:59 PM
BUT for real food, nothing beats Abuelos http://www.abuelos.com/locations.asp

They aren't national yet but they will be soon... they are throughout the midwest and growing...
There's one at Zona Rosa. I haven't been there yet, but my brother says it's great.