Originally Posted by munchausen
You people on the east coast will never know how much better burritos can be than what's on offer at Chipotle. I don't know if I should pity you or not.
Agreed - I'm in Florida, so I can say pretty much the same thing about Carribean food (Cuban, PR, etc.) to the rest of the country.
Quick story - when I was about 5 I spent a couple of summers with my step-grandparents who lived in El Paso Texas. I loved "mexican" and tex-mex, but as a New England'er I certainly wasn't getting authentic. While in El Paso, we did a lot of trips hopping the border back and forth with Mexico. One time, my grandmother stopped at an out-of-the way kind of strip mall, maybe more like a flea market. The "stores" had heavy fabric curtain hanging at the front that you parted to go inside and the floor was packed dirt. We went in one where there were card tables and folding chairs and, in the back, was a big grill with people working it. Essentially the most rickety, sketchy of "restaurants" you could imagine (form a snotty kid gringo's perspective). My grandmother ordered a plate of tamales for us and ,I swear, I can still smell/taste them to this day. The husks, the corn, the filling was fantastic
Anytime I get a tamale, I am instantly transported back 40 years to that meal and it's never as good as it was then. I'm sure it's part nostalgia, but I'm also convinced it's partially because it was that freaking good.
So I've at least got a sense of what you mean