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I am planning to cater Mexican for daughter's b'day b/c I work that day- from looking at La Paz and Chuy's prices are pretty equal for tacos/fajitas and they are both convenient- any other suggestions? I live in OTM area

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La Paz Restaurant
99 Euclid Ave, Birmingham, AL 35213

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  1. I'm not a fan of Chuy's but from what I've had around here, it's as good as Tex Mex gets. La Paz was completely disappointing. It reminded me of something my sister would've made at home when she was in high school. That bad.

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    La Paz Restaurant
    99 Euclid Ave, Birmingham, AL 35213

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    1. re: mahalan

      Maybe you just don't like Mexican food- b/c both palces always have long waits and I have never had a bad meal at either place

      1. re: hlsess

        hlsess, it's actually that I'm in the process of moving here from Dallas so I know what good Tex-Mex is supposed to taste like.

    2. oh ok- you probably won't find it here then.

      1. @hlsess - those are the same two that I would have also considered for catering.

        My family eats at La Paz every couple of months and I've never considered it bad. Uninspired, maybe, but not bad.

        We went to Chuy's for the first time about three or four weeks ago, and it was okay too. I was pretty impressed that my chile relleno, while fried, had absolutely no grease to it at all. Not everybody can do that.

        I think you'll be fine with either. Oh - have you thought of Cantina? That would be good too.

        @mahalan: I'm an Alabama native but lived in Texas for a couple of years, so I'm familiar with Tex-Mex. In Birmingham, there really isn't Tex-Mex (or if there is, I haven't found it). There are Mexican restaurants that cater to what they think the community-at-large thinks Mexican food is, and there are Mexican restaurants (i.e. Gordo's, Taqueria Mexico, Camino Real, and the food truck on West Valley) that cater to their Latin customers and their tastes.

        Same thing with Chinese restaurants. There are ones who serve heavily Americanized Chinese food (i.e. sickly-sweet Mongolian Beef, hello Shangri-La) and ones who are geared more toward the traditional (like Red Pearl and Mr. Chen's).

        If you find a good Tex-Mex place in Birmingham, let me know. Thanks!

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        La Paz Restaurant
        99 Euclid Ave, Birmingham, AL 35213

        Taqueria Mexico
        3724 Lorna Rd, Birmingham, AL 35216

        Shangri-La Restaurant
        4702 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503

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        1. re: deepfriedkudzu

          deepfriedkudzu,

          Thanks for the list of places catering to their Latin customers! I will definitely be visiting them soon. While in Texas, I developed an appreciation for Tex-Mex (love Mattito's chile relleno and everything at Ojeda's and Uncle Julio's) but I really crave something w/ more of a Latin flavor. Can't wait to start running down your list!

          1. re: mahalan

            deep-fried,

            Made it to Taqueria Mexico last night. I'd actually classify it more Tex-Mex than Mexican given its standard taco, burrito, chimichanga, enchilada, fajita offerings as opposed to lengua, menudo, huarache, etc. That said, the food was very good. One less thing for me to miss about Texas. Thanks for the recommendation!

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            Taqueria Mexico
            3724 Lorna Rd, Birmingham, AL 35216

            1. re: mahalan

              T. Mexico serves tacos and tortas filled with carnitas, lengua, chicharron, etc. They serve cabrito two ways and quail. That's hardly Tex-Mex. Elements of the menu are, but that's the real deal. So are the maiz tortillas they make in-house.
              No, there's no Sabado y Domingo menudo but they make carnitas as well as just about anyone in town.

              1. re: Big Daddy

                Didn't notice the lengua, chicharron (if I had, I would've eaten it last night), or cabrito. Quail didn't hit me as odd since it's pretty common in Dallas everywhere. Had the corn tortillas - they were very good. I'm also used to seeing tortas in the more casual Mexican places.

                Unless there's a better place, this will definitely be my go-to for Mexican. The only thing that could've made it better would be if they were to fry their own chips from homemade tortillas.

          2. re: deepfriedkudzu

            Deepfried, please expound on items you like at Camino Real.

            I would also add that the mercado on Greensprings by Tuesday Morning is good. They do tamales, carnitas, tortillas, etc. on weekends but you can also get a meat and beans/rice plate other days.

            1. re: Dax

              Taqueria Mi Casita in the Palaisades also should be on the real Mexican list. Tons of breakfast fillings as well as the usual carnitas, lengua, cabeza, chicharron, etc.

              On the catering front, one advantage Chuy's would have for me is the house-made tortillas. They are very good (although, even after repeated requests, I still can't get a side order of the corn tortillas).
              Another possibility is the Super Mercados, one on Green Springs (like Dax said) and a newer sister market on Lorna Road. They're markets that also do hot food and sell house-made tortillas. They could easily handle catering, especially if you want to go beyond the norm for standard Mexican restaurants in town (pork in tomatillo sauce rocks, and their tamales are good).

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              Taqueria Mi Casita
              360 Palisades Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35209

              1. re: Dax

                @Dax: I've found the chorizo, carnitas, and barbacoa to be quite good at Camino Real. Have you tried it yet? A pic below...

                 
                1. re: deepfriedkudzu

                  I don't even know where Camino Real is but I am certainly interested now.

                  1. re: Dax

                    Camino Real is at 3083 Pelham Parkway in Pelham.

                    1. re: deepfriedkudzu

                      It's a little market with a modest butcher area, a hot food stand in the back, and communal tables. It's been a couple years since I went but I thought the tacos were real good. My favorites were lengua and pastor.

                      1. re: Big Daddy

                        Is this the same place this is/was "Mi Pueblo"?

                        1. re: curej

                          No, it's a different place -- back up the same road toward Birmingham and across the street.

                          1. re: Big Daddy

                            Muchos gracias. Tendre' que encontrarlo.

              2. re: deepfriedkudzu

                For lunch today, 3 of my co-workers and I hit up the truck for two tacos each (carnitas and al pastor for two of us, chicken for another then carne asada for the last) plus another carnitas taco at Gordos for comparison. I prefer the carnitas at gordos but the tacos overall at the truck are a little better. You can't go wrong with either. Both serve the tacos on corn tortillas, but the ones at the truck are darker with more corn while the ones at Gordo's are thicker and lighter colored. Also, got a few items from the bakery at Gordo's to go.