authentic Mexican in Birmingham, AL
doesanybody know an authentic (e.g. NOT Tex Mex) Mexican resto in Birmingam, AL? Gadsden and surroundings would be OK as well
You're in luck in the 'Ham. We're got probably a couple dozen authentic taquerias that have carnitas, tongue, cabeza, chicharron and other fillings.
Probably the best place to go right now is Taqueria Mexico on Lorna Road in Hoover (3724 Lorna Road, in a plaza catty corner to the Best Buy. They do the aforementioned real tacos (tortillas made in house) as well as tortas. But they also do entrees such as cabrito and quail as well as some seafood dishes.
Another great choice is Taqueria Mi Casita in Homewood in the Palaisades (sp?) shopping center. Best selection of taco and torta fillings in town, along with other good food.
Best tacos in town are at Gordo's on 433 Valley Avenue. It's a market/panderia/tortilleria/carniceria with a taqueria. The restaurant portion is as basic as it gets. But the tacos all are righteous. No tortas, but they do some other Mexican antojitos.
I'll second Big Daddy's recs of Taqueria Mexico and Gordo's. Be prepared to be stared at if you eat at Gordo's during a busy time (it seems to always be busy). Nothing threatening, just a bunch of "you look out of place" stares. On second thought, they are probably staring at my wife.
I'll also make a suggestion - on the weekends go to either El Mercado location (Homewood or Hoover) and buy a pound of carnitas, some tortillas, lime, onion, and cilantro. Bring it all home and have it for dinner - if you can make it last that long. While you're there, buy some tamales and get some of their delicious nopalitos, as well.
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