My husband and I moved from San Diego 4 years ago and frankly have not been very happy with the Mexican food here. This past Sunday we were having dinner with a cousin of mine who lives in Atlanta and asked for a lunch suggestion. Knowing of our longing for real Mexican food, they told us to try Taqueria La Oaxaquena in Jonesboro (near the airport).
OH MY GOSH. My husband and I were SO happy. All the items we hadn't seen since San Diego like chilaquiles, huaraches, sopes, etc. etc.. We ordered way too much--and then ordered more to take home. About halfway through, we realized "Hey, this stuff is even BETTER than what we used to eat in San Diego!" (not that we ate at every Mexican restaurant there, but better than our favorite places). The flan especially was the best I've ever had in my life.
I told the friendly waitresses how happy we were and they told the Senora who apparently was the owner. (I only speak basic Spanish--but enough to let her know how happy I was.) Told them to tell her that she HAD to come to Birmingham since we're desperate for good Mexican food here. She handed me a pad of paper and pencil and told me to write down where--since she was actually thinking about it. Whoopee! Wasn't sure what to say (like right next door to our home?) but I wrote down Hoover, figuring she'd get lots of business there.
So I'm begging you all to give this lady a call or send an email telling her we want her to come! She can live at our house while she looks for a place. :-) Here's the website: http://www.taquerialaoaxaquena.com/ho.... There's an email address under "Contact us."