ELV note: Click here to read today’s feature in the Las Vegas Weekly on a dozen or so things some of us think would vastly improve the quality of life in our humble burg. For your information (and ease of digestion) of this discerning, delectable, diverse degustation of a discussion, here is our dutiful diatribe:
Way more good Mexican restaurants
Drive around any part of town, and you’ll find at least one, free-standing chain restaurant doing a land office business, and every Mexican fast-food franchise in America holding its own against any threat of originality or authenticity. What all of these places have in common are menus planned around the permutations of a handful of ingredients (tortillas, cheese, meat and beans), and their relentless pandering to lovers of anything but the real thing.
When you think about it, it really is a travesty of taste. Hispanics comprise almost 15 percent of our population, yet outside of a few notable joints on the east and northeast part of town (Los Molcajetes, La Flor de Michoacan, Los Antojos), good, Mexican restaurants, proudly serving the regional cuisines of their homeland, are practically nonexistent. This paucity of purity would be forgivable in Sioux Falls, but this close to our southern neighbor, our situation is shameful. —John Curtas