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South Bay Tex-Mex?

Dan Henderson | Nov 1, 2005 06:17 PM

I've lived in the Bay Area for the last 10 years, but can't seem to get out of my bones the half of my life I spent in Texas. Besides my friends, what I miss most is the food there (certainly not the climate!). Is there anyplace in the Bay Area, preferably the South Bay, that serves recognizable Tex-Mex?

The two dishes I miss the most are chile con queso (melted cheese with some chopped chiles and maybe onions and other things, served as a dip appetizer with tostada chips) and tacos al carbon (marinated flank or skirt steak grilled over an open fire, cut into strips like fajita meat and wrapped in a flour tortilla). For the latter, I *could* order fajitas and just ignore all the other stuff they serve with the meat, but even the meat isn't nearly as flavorful here as I'm used to from my favorite places in Texas (Ninfas, Pappasito's, Beto, Chuy's, etc.).

I haven't found even a rough approximation of chile con queso here. Some restaurants have a cheese and veggie combination intended to be spooned into a tortilla and rolled up and eaten, but the cheese solidifies as it cools and is too thick to be used as a dip even when first served. Chili's has what they call "skillet queso," but it is dominated by ground meat and not at all what I'm looking for, which is always meatless.

Thanks in advance for any clues.


Dan Henderson

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