There are excessive "Mexican" decorations
"If you go into a place and there's like 15 piñatas hanging... There's some places that do have piñatas and paper banners (papel picado), but when you have too many you're trying to overcompensate. Like, 'look how real we are!'”
There are beer posters of a mariachi in a giant sombrero
“Or the international man of mystery, the Dos Equis guy.”
They've got golf on the TV
"The TV should probably be blaring and playing soccer."
Servers overpronounce Spanish words
"If they roll their 'R's too much. Like, 'arrrrrriba!!' Or overpronounce the Spanish food names, like 'encheeeeeladaaa.' I think there was a Saturday Night Live skit about that."
Dan Gentile is a staff writer at Thrillist. He has definitely ordered "gringo tacos" off a menu with no shame. Follow him to reclaiming words like gringo at @Dannosphere.