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.
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!