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Best Places to Eat in Guadalajara

By Viator, September 2013

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High-end Mexican food is experiencing something of a culinary renaissance. Instead of emulating Europe, today’s chefs are celebrating all things Mexican. There’s a lot to celebrate, and this evident at Guadalajara’s La Tequila (Av. México #2830, Colonia Terranova), a restaurant that offers innovative versions of Mexican classics like chicken in mole negro and crema de chile poblano soup. With a pleasing aesthetic, elegant plating, and a selection of over 200 tequilas, La Tequila is very Guadalajara and very good.

But to truly experience Guadalajaran food, you’ll also want to step beyond the doorsteps of the city’s finer establishments and enjoy the staple of working class Mexico: the torta. Every city in Mexico has its own take on the torta, and Guadalajara’s version is the estimable torta ahogada, or “drowned sandwich,” a birote (ultra crusty baguette-style roll) stuffed with onions and succulent shredded pork. The entire sandwich is doused in a spicy tomato sauce just before serving. Note: The best tortas invariably come from hole-in-the-wall shops; check out Las Famosas Tortas Ahogadas (corner of Augustin Yañez and La Paz), or stop by Tortas Ahogadas Cesár (López Cotilla 1449).

Guadalajara is also known for birria, goat or beef served in greasy broth, which is much better than it sounds. For truly great birria, you may want to consider making a pilgrimage out to Birreria El Chololo, at km 16 on the highway from Guadalajara to Lake Chapala. If that sounds like too long of a trek, Birreria Las 9 Esquinas (Colon 384) also serves an excellent version of the spicy stew. As they say here in Mexico, “buen provecho!”

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Tlaquepaque Food Tour and Tequila Tasting, Guadalajara, null

Tlaquepaque Food Tour and Tequila Tasting

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Get acquainted with Tlaquepaque and its culinary traditions on this 3-hour food tour! Taste delicious local dishes and sample the tequila of Jalisco while ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

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