I've gotten advice from Texans. And from New Yorkers. And, of course, from Floridians. And they all swear they KNOW what good Mexican food tastes like. Maybe they do -- but their preference is distinctly different from mine and every other California transplant I know. (Velveeta does *not* count as a Mexican cheese, folks.) There is something unique about Mexican food from California, particularly LA, and it hasn't been replicated at any eatery I've tried in Tampa thusfar. (To date, the closest in taste has been Guadalajara's on Hillsborough at Anderson.)
So, I beseech the California-palate Chowhounds: Please recommend truly authentic, truly delicious Mexican food in the Pinellas, Hillsborough or Pasco areas. My tum will be forever indebted.
FYI, the following do NOT fall on the list of "good Mexican," sorry:
Vallarta's on Anderson
Poblano's on McMullen Booth
Jose's on Drew