Mexican Cooking Continues to Evolve in Texas, Chicago and Los Angeles

Heather Sperling

Pick a major U.S. food city, any major U.S. food city, and there’s a good chance you’ll find a restaurant that mines Mexican cuisine for inspiration and passes it through a modern, personal lens. But even less than a decade ago, this was far from the case. Despite sharing a 2,000-mile border with Mexico, the U.S. has long featured Asian and European cuisines more prominently in its chef-driven restaurants.

Casual spots...