Map of Authentic Mexican/Latin American Food in Vancouver
[img_assist|nid=160|title=Mmm, tacos|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=150|height=112]I am a huge fan of authentic Mexican food. After going to Mexico in June 2005 I looked around for some authentic Mexican and found Vallarta's at Renfrew and Broadway, which was close to my work. I started started making a list on paper of other Mexican restaurants that I saw in the local Spanish newspapers (that I picked up at Vallarta's). I had no idea there were so many REAL Latin American restaurants here. You will never have to settle for Las Margaritas or Andales tex-mex again (although I still love tex-mex as well, but it's a whole different cuisine)! You will never hear about any of these authentic restaurants unless you read the Spanish newspapers, drive by them, or know someone who has ate there (UPDATE: some of these restaurants have been reviewed by the local English papers as well).
With a co-worker's encouragement I finally managed to get my list online. Initially I was just going to make a simple HTML table but I decided to go big instead. After seeing zacker's drupal mashup machine screencast I was inspired to make a Google Gmap mashup that showed the locations of all these restaurants.
Some of the restaurant description are only in Spanish (transcribed word-for-word from their paper advertisements) but I may translate those eventually. I will probably also write a Spanish version of this post so that Spanish-speaking Googlers will be able to find this page (I do speak a little Spanish).