I will be between jobs come the end of the year and have some time to take a big road trip, visiting places I've wanted to all my life but have never had the time. Kayaking and eating will figure prominently. I grew up in MD 40 some years ago. My first job, by design, was a little Tex-Mex restaurant. Back then, in Maryland, Mexican food was something of a novelty. Anyway, I have never lost my love for that cuisine. I imagine spending a few days getting through Texas and would love to sample some of the regions specialties by those who made it famous. I have only been to Texas once, many years ago, and don't know my way around at all. Maybe I should pick a city and stay there (is Austin on San Antonio or Dallas or Houston thought to be more of a foodie town?). Well, I suppose there are hundreds of places that would all be equally good. I am not especially interested in BBQ, or heavy foods (I would put chili in that category) nor am I looking for trendy spots or restaurants with Chefs trying to make a name for themselves by being "nuevo" (its all good, just not what I am looking for on this trip). I just want some good tacos, enchiladas, chilaquiles…..margaritas of course, nicely done beans and rice, chili rellenos maybe, perhaps with a nice bright red sauce. I am hoping to find some places that do really good versions of these, with some individuality or nuance that would make it worth a trip to Texas (from Atlanta where there are dozens and dozens of such places that all seem sort of ho hum and not really distinguished from one another). Anyway, I know this is a huge topic with 100s or 1000s of possible answers, but if anyone has some specific recommendations, I would much appreciate it.
Thanks a bunch,