What's the difference in all the "Tex" foods?
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.
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.
4211 S Lamar Blvd Ste A2, Austin, TX 78704
5808 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78744
2129 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
4141 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78704