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Mexican cuisine is known for its intense and varied flavors, colorful

 decoration, and variety of spices. Mexican culture and food is one of the richest in the world, both with respect to diverse and appealing tastes and textures; and in terms of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Though not a verfied claim, some people consider Mexican cuisine to be the second most varied and vast in the world (after Chinese cuisine).

When Spanish conquistadores arrived in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan (the ancient city on which Mexico City was built), they found that the people's diet consisted largely of corn-based dishes with chiles and herbs, usually complemented with beans and squash. The conquistadores eventually combined their imported diet of rice, beef, pork, chicken, wine, garlic and onions with the indigenous foods of pre-Columbian Mexico, including chocolate, maize, tomato, vanilla, avocado, papaya, pineapple, chile pepper, beans, squash, sweet potato, peanut and turkey. The totopo (a salted corn tortilla cooked in a fire oven) may have been created as part of this cuisine.

Mexican food varies by region, because of local climate and geography and ethnic differences among the indigenous inhabitants and because these different populations were influenced by the Spaniards in varying degrees. The north of Mexico is known for its beef production and meat dishes. Southeastern Mexico, on the other hand, is known for its spicy vegetable and chicken-based dishes. Seafood is commonly prepared in the state of Veracruz.

There are also more exotic dishes, cooked in the Aztec or Mayan style, with ingredients ranging from iguana to rattlesnake, deer, spider monkey, and even some kinds of insects. This is usually known as comida prehispánica (or prehispanic food), and although not very common, is relatively well known.

A distinction must be made between truly authentic Mexican food, and "Tex Mex" (Texan-Mexican) cuisines. Mexican cuisine combines with the cuisine of the southwest United States (which itself has a number of Mexican influences) to form Cal-Mex and Tex-Mex cuisine. Another style of cuisine that is commonly mistaken for Mexican food is New Mexican cuisine, which is, of course, found in New Mexico, USA.






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Alfredo's Playita - Mexican 
3069 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707-258-8443

Anna's Cantina  Mexican
1205 Main St, St Helena, CA 707 963-4921
Average price*: $20

Don Perico Mexican Restaurant Mexican 
Dinner , Lunch,  One of the local hangouts when it comes to Mexican food . Lunch or dinner the prices are great.  Good Reviews
Food Rating   Price Average Dinner 15.00 PP Lunch $10 PP
Traveler Rating
1025 1st St, Napa, CA 707-252-4707

El Guadalajara Restaurant Carry Out Mexican 
1520 Silverado Trl, Napa, CA 707-253-1840

El Potrillo Mexican Food
640 3rd St, Napa, CA 707-257-6925

Gallardo Mexican Cocina  Mexican
1350 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 707-942-5900

Garcia's Restaurant - Mexican 
2983 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707-258-2296

Italia Mex Cucina  Italian  Mexican
621 Factory Stores Dr, Napa, CA 707-265-7919

La Taquiza Fish Tacos - Mexican 
2007 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 707-224-2320

Las Palmas Restaurant - Mexican 
1730 Yajome St, Napa, CA 707-257-1514

Locos Tex Mex Grille -
1040 Main St, Napa, CA 707-251-8058

Miguel's Restaurant  Mexican
1437 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 707-942-6868

Pacifico Mexican Restaurant  Mexican 
One of the most popular places in town with visitors
1237 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515-1725 707 942-4400
Average price: $20

Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurants  Mexican 
1473 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515-1417
707 942-6563

Quinto Patio Taqueria Carry Out Mexican 
2555 Kilburn Ave, Napa, CA 707-255-1802

Rancho Grande  Mexican 
3945 Broadway St, American Canyon, CA 707-643-9578

Rancho Grande 3 - Mexican 
891 Silverado Trl, Napa, CA 707-252-4495

Rancho Grande -
Mexican  -  Seafood
3012 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 707-256-3807

Red Hen Cantina 
4175 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 707-255-8125
Price $$

Tacos La Playita - Mexican 
1851 Old Sonoma Rd, Napa, CA 707-257-8780

Tacos Palenques Mexican 
893 Foothill Blvd, Calistoga, CA 909-931-1769

Taqueria Rosita
Carry Out Mexican 
1214 Main St, Napa, CA 707-253-9208

Taqueria Rosita 2 Mexican 
3427 Broadway St, American Canyon, CA 707-644-8226

Taqueria Tres Hermanos -
1122 1st St, Napa, CA 707-224-6062

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