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Nov 12, 2007 05:32 PM

I say taco you say taco

My partner is from San Antonio and says any carne asada taco he's had in Phoenix "is not a real carne asada taco." Well, this makes me crazy, cuz I tell him he lives in Phoenix and I'm sure they're many different styles of carne asada. I have to admit, however, after having had San Antonio carne asada tacos, that, indeed they are tastier. There is a "gravy" not found here in Phoenix. Or is there? Any ideas where to find this style here in the valley!!!!???? Thanks Chowhounders!

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  1. San Antonio is a great example of Tex-mex, which is different, than the Sonoran (usually) fare in Phoenix. There are several threads on CH, where these differences are hashed out. Personally, I am more a fan of Tex-mex, than the Baja, or Sonoran, but that is all personal tastes. One will find many differences in dishes with the same name, depending on the state (in Mexico) that the food eminates from.

    For me, San Antonio is an epicenter of great Mexican food. There is one restaurant, that I have driven 500 miles out of my way, just to dine. I'll still drive from PHX to NOLA, rather than fly, because of this one restaurant, regardless of the time and the extra expenses of overnighting along the way. Really good food does that sort of thing to a person.


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    1. re: Bill Hunt

      After build-up like that, you have *got* to tell us the name of this restaurant in San Antonio...

      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        Sorry, I should have done so initially: La Fogata, in the NW quadrant of the city. It's just inside the loop, off of I-10. Neighborhood is not the best, but this sprawling restaurant, inside adobe walls, is a classic, in my book.

        As a fairly recent story goes, the owners were faced with a new, fairly steep increase in accessment for property taxes, and decided to close. Patrons and the entire community pooled resources and paid the accessment to keep them open. Maybe a San Antonio board subscriber can shed light on that story, as I got it second-hand.

        Sorry about the omission,

        La Fogata
        2427 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213

    2. I have yet to find a carne asada taco in Phoenix that has really stood out to me. I guess it's hard to live up to the Rosarito/Rocky point tacos I guitily love! As far as the gravy comment goes--Asadero's (west phx) meat does have somewhat of a "gravy" or sauce, and the meat is softer than what you would regularly find elsewhere.

      1. Well T.C.C., I only know Taco from L.A. and Vegas, beyond that it's a dice roll. When in L.A., King Taco takes the cake, and in Vegas (who was originally from L.A.) is Taco Cartel. They're talking about expanding tthroughout the S.W. and West oast.

        1. Try the tacos at El Nopalito, reviewed by Seth and others. I ate there today when I needed a taco fix. I don't know how their asada compares with SA, but each of their taco fillings have a very unique flavor. Someone in that kitchen is foodie enough to make 99 cent products stand apart - gotta love them for that.

          El Nopalito
          2831 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

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          1. re: tastyjon

            Beef head taco? Yes please, they just melt in your mouth. I've had a pint of their red salsa in my frig this week - it's beyond good.

            1. re: azhotdish

              I LOVE El Nopalito. The al pastor taco is amazing, as are all of the tacos really.