TexMex = Authentic?

After our class talk with Gustavo Arellano, and my conversation with him on authenticity, I decided to see for myself whether or not I believed in authenticity. I have had my share of what majority would say is “authentic ” Mexican food. I even would never count Taco Bell or even places like Local Taco as having authentic Mexican food. As much as I love Local Taco, I never wanted to admit it because it simply could not compare to a true taco in Mexico. But Gustavo Arellano has now shed light on this subject.

Last week, I went to Local Taco with my roommate Venecia and chose to figure out whether or not I thought there was only one kind of authentic taco. Although, Local Taco is more of a Tex-Mex restaurant, a taco is a taco. Like I said in my previous post, “Mucho gusto, Gustavo”, Arellano described authenticity being anything because it shows how the history of food has changed and evolved. I have had Local Taco before, but as I was sitting there eating my two delicious tacos (one being the Southern Fried Taco and the second being the Tequila Lime Chicken Taco), I decided that I completely agree with Gustavo.


Southern Fried Taco & Tequila Lime Chicken Taco from Local Taco!

As different as tacos can get, all-in-all they are tacos nonetheless. Some are inspired by the Southern part of the USA, and some take other shapes. I think that figuring out “authenticity” is a type of philosophy, and in my opinion, it doesn’t really exist. There are definitely some types of tacos that I prefer over others, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a taco. The tacos pictured above sure are authentic. They might not be authentic to Mexico, but have some similarities. The sure are authentic to Lexington, Kentucky, though, and I would probably be lost without them.

Fun fact: Local Taco was the first place I ate in Lexington while I took my college campus tour of UK, so that might be a big reason why I decided to go to school here. Haha!

One comment

  1. stevenpaulalvarez · March 11, 2016

    The search for authenticity is a tough one to finish. But you can maybe think of authentic as maybe more Mexican in origin? Or maybe less fast food? Perhaps even “local” restaurants rather than national chains.

    One thing we can say about American food, such as pizza, hotdogs, burgers, is that we must also include in that list tacos, nachos, and burritos.


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