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Oct 18, 2011 04:02 PM

What's the difference in all the "Tex" foods?

It was suggested by the Texas board that I raise this question on the Austin Board. There is Tex-Mex, West Texas Tex- Mex, Mexican and I suppose, some others. We are visiting in Nov. and I would like to know the difference. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Tex-Mex, as the name implies, is a Texas spin on Northern Mexican dishes. It tends to be a little greasier and cheesier than traditional Mexican. Good representatives of this are cheese enchiladas, refried pinto beans, and crispy tacos garnished with yellow cheese. Texas is also the inventor of queso.
    West Texas Mexican is more akin to New Mexican food. There's a strong emphasis on sauces made from chiles, and enchiladas are stacked rather than rolled.
    Depending on where it hails from, Mexican cuisine can be extremely diverse. It can include anything from grilled meats to stews to seafood. In central Mexico, beans tend to be black beans, and either served with corn tortillas (instead of flour), or with a bolio, which is a white roll. You'll also see table cream or young white cheese drizzled over dishes.
    Hope that helps. Enjoy your visit.

    2 Replies
    1. re: gilintx

      So what would be some good recommendations for Austin examples of each of these?

      1. re: BruceE

        Texican Cafe and Jorge's are West Texas style. The interior side of the menu at Azul Tequila and El Meson are the best interior Mex places. Aranda's is best for Jalisco style Mex. For Tex Mex, I like La Reyna on S 1st.

        Azul Tequila
        4211 S Lamar Blvd Ste A2, Austin, TX 78704

        El Meson
        5808 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78744

        2129 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

        Texican Cafe
        4141 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78704