There are so many restaurants that claim to be Mexican restaurants, whereas, in reality, they’re usually Tex-Mex or worse. If you want to know the warning signs of an unauthentic Mexican restaurant, here they are.
If you see that a menu item comes with flour tortillas, you know you’re not in a real Mexican joint. Though there are some areas of Mexico that actually do use flour tortillas, but unless the waiter specifies this, you can assume that flour tortillas are a no-no.
Fajitas are a beloved Tex-Mex dish that definitely is fine to enjoy, but if you see this on a restaurant menu that’s supposed to be authentic Mexican food, you’re in the wrong place. Fajitas have only been around for about 40 years and they are as Tex-Mex as it gets.
If all you see is tons of sugary margaritas on the menu and no Mexican beer, sodas, horchata, or anything else that people in Mexico actually drink, you’re not in an authentic Mexican restaurant. And if you don’t see any of these types of drinks, ask your waiter if they do have any for you to try instead of getting a boring American soda.