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Looking for authentic Tex-Mex in Orlando/Titusville areas

My husband transferred to Orlando the end of Sept, and I will be joining him (from Houston) just as soon as our house sells. The problem is that I'm going to miss my Mexican food here. The homemade tortillas, the hot & fresh tortilla chips, chunky salsa (also made fresh daily), as well as the melt-in-your-mouth fajitas that have been marinated for many hours & then grilled to perfection. Is there no place in Florida for the great Mexican food that I'm now accustomed to?

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  1. You simply will not get the same quality Mexican food here. My faves, both far from Titusville, are the Guanajuato Grill in Ocoee, followed by Taquitos Jalisco; the Winter Garden location is best. Many people love Garibaldi's on the east side of town but I don't see the appeal.

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    1. re: rudykins

      Forget the Titusville area, there are only very poor quality Mexican restaurants in Brevard in general. There is however, one nice little place on the corner of Fiske Blvd and Stone Street in the bad part of Cocoa. It's called "Happy Taco". Bad name, great tacos, the kind you'll find on push carts in TJ.

      Get your concealed weapons permit and come on over, you won't be disappointed.

      In Orlando, I suggest Beto's in Cassleberry. Try these for starters:

      1. re: rudykins

        Garibaldi's isn't that good. We went to the one on Sand Lake a couple of weeks ago and I'd say it was pretty average.

      2. Move back to Houston. I cannot find a good tex mex place in florida. Sometimes i wish i was back in san antonio

        1. Titusville does have a decent Mexican/Cuban restaurant...El Leoncito on US 1. I recommend the wet chicken burrito plate.

          1. This is funny, I am in exactly the opposite situation. Moving from Orlando to Houston.

            I have not eaten at many Mexican restaurants in Central FL but I am convinced that La Hacienda in Orange City has to be one of the best in the world. I regularly drive the 30 miles from Orlando just to eat there.


            Try the chile rellenos, the chimichangas, and the $13 margarita PITCHERS. This place is the real deal. My girlfriend and I get chile rellenos at any place we can find them and none of them are even half as good as La Hacienda's.

            I went to Houston this weekend for the first time and me and my girlfriend went to like 4 different Mexican restaurants and none of them compared to La Hacienda. Mama Ninta's (I think was the name) was the only place that came close.

            What are your recommendations for the Houston area? Please post back after trying La Hacienda. Also, please help me convince the owner of that restaurant to open world-wide locations. :-)

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            1. re: The111

              Chimichangas? Fajitas?

              Far, far, far from authentic food, but great if you like Tex-Mex. This has/will be debated on Chow 'til the cows come home.

              1. re: bkhuna

                Far, far, far? That's pretty far. I would think maybe tofu and pasta would be "far far far"... but just because this isn't exactly what you would call authentic does not make it a "far cry." It is still "close", i.e. similar, in the same vein. What about these foods you mention make them so drastically different from authentic Mexican food?

              2. re: The111

                uh oh maybe I won't make the trip to orange city after all see review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/rj0nBsNKXYNtp...

              3. The indoor restaurant in the Mexico exhibit at Epcot.

                1. as a transplant from New Mexico, I feel your pain!...the best I have found in the Orlando area ib los Charros, at highway's 434&436 in Altamonte Springs...it is passable for mexican?tex mex, but not great, Betos is just plain awful IMHO, good luck in your search,oh and welcome to Florida!.

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                  1. re: jword2001

                    Have you tried La Hacienda in Orange City?

                    1. re: The111

                      no, i rarely get over there, (i'm in Apopka), but will try it next time i'm over in that area.

                  2. The original post sounded like he just wanted mexican though he said tex mex, I went to texas a while back and asked to go eat tex mex and they said the most tex mex thing is chicken fried steak, I was like WHAT? I think of tex mex as something with cornbread and chili con carne but I don't really know.

                    Regardless of that debate my favorite in town is Garibaldi's and I love their Chili Relleno I tried many Rellenos through the country and I had a few good ones but nothing beats theirs. I have never been to orange city but if you say hacienda is that good I will add it to my list.

                    1. Flstnole, I would recommend:
                      best fajitas-Guadalajara (off 59 South at Buffalo Speedway or in The Woodlands)
                      2nd best fajitas-Pappasitos Cantina (several locations; I went to I-10 East @ Federal)
                      best salsa, hands down!-Tia Maria's (on Garth Rd in Baytown)
                      Jalisco Asada-Luna's (intersection of Garth & Cedar Bayou Lynchburg, Baytown)

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                      1. re: poodlestix

                        Where are these places located? I'm always on the lookout during my wanderings around the state.

                      2. whoever said brevard doesnt have good mexican/texmex really doesnt where to look...
                        -in cocoa beach on A1A there is taco city which is amazing tex mex, get the fireballs to start out with, and i love the jr.chings as a main dish... or one of their big burritos..
                        -fiesta azteca on 1-92 in mebourne use to be my fav. mexican joint, but lately it has slipped, they use to have an AMAZING meat gravy for the enchiladas but now they are using the thinner, not so meat gravy like topping for them, which i hate....

                        does anyone know a good place around here that serves their enchiladas with a good meat gravy? (orlando)

                        1. Garibaldi's in Apopka is by far the best in the Orlando area in my opinion. I've eaten here several times and they have yet to disappoint. I know of one other Garibaldi in the area that I have yet to eat at, but from what I understand, the restaurants aren't really connected anyway. Here's my review from my last visit if you're interested:

                          I haven't eaten here in ages, but Amigos in Altamonte Springs used to be pretty good. I've heard bad stuff about the restaurant though lately, and several other Amigos locations in the area have closed up.

                          Also, Baja Kitchen is a small restaurant with counter service only, but their salsa bar is amazing. It's worth going just to try out all of the different types of salsa. It's over on Colonial Drive.

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                          1. re: juggler

                            Colonial and what, for Baja Kitchen? I'm a salsaholic, so I'd totally stop in just to try the salsas and things to dip in them.

                            1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                              2716 E Colonial Dr
                              Orlando, FL 32803-5025

                              It's in the Colonial Marketplace Strip Mall. I hope it's still open though. I just noticed the other day that their other location in Altamonte Springs had closed up.

                              1. re: juggler

                                Wait... is that Baja Burrito Kitchen? If it's the same place, their store in Waterford Lakes (which I tried once) closed over a year ago.

                                  1. re: juggler

                                    BBKs enchiladas are amazing, I love the sauce(anyone know how to make it?), the rice and beans are nothing special. Their salsas are very good as well.