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Food Lover's Guide to Guadalajara

By Viator, February 2018

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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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Tequila and Distillery Day Trip from Guadalajara, Guadalajara, null
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Tequila and Distillery Day Trip from Guadalajara

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Drive into the countryside of Jalisco, Mexico’s renowned tequila-producing region, for a tour and tasting at Casa Sauza. You’ll pass UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.66
Viator Exclusive: Jose Cuervo VIP Distillery Tour with Private Tequila Tastings, Guadalajara, Day ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Jose Cuervo VIP Distillery Tour with Private Tequila Tastings

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Taste tequila straight from the barrel with special access and VIP treatment at the Jose Cuervo Distillery! At the world's oldest tequila production facility, ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Guadalajara Food Tour, Guadalajara, Viator Exclusive Tours
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Guadalajara Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Between tastings, you’ll experience the life of beautiful streets of Historic Downtown of Guadalajara. Your enthusiastic, local guides share their knowledge ...  Read more

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

From USD $47.00
Tlaquepaque Food Tour and Tequila Tasting, Guadalajara, Food Tours
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Tlaquepaque Food Tour and Tequila Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

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
Food Walking Tour of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Food Tours
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Food Walking Tour of Guadalajara

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

On this food tour, you will walk through the streets of Guadalajara and visit authentic and attractive places, where the best food is found, This tour will ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Pub Crawl Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Food Tours
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Pub Crawl Guadalajara

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This is an alternative guided tour for visitors, students or locals who want to go beyond the standard tourist trails. Start the very best of nightlife in the ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.40
Lucha Libre Tacos and cantina tour, Guadalajara, Bar, Club & Pub Tours
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Lucha Libre Tacos and cantina tour

Live a thrilling experience in one of the most famous wrestling arenas in the world. A rapid sequence of holds and high-flying movements will keep you in the ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.00
Guadalajara at Night: Bar Crawl and Panoramic Sightseeing Tour, Guadalajara, Food Tours
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Guadalajara at Night: Bar Crawl and Panoramic Sightseeing Tour

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Experience Guadalajara at night during this 4-hour tour that combines landmarks with tequila shots. Visit some of the city's most popular bars with a local ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Tequila and Mundo Cuervo Distillery Tour from Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Bar, Club & Pub Tours
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Tequila and Mundo Cuervo Distillery Tour from Guadalajara

During this experience, you'll get to know the history of Mexico's national drink, Tequila. See the Agave Fields that were declared a World Heritage Site by ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $500.00
Gastronomic Tour in Traditional Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Day Trips
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Gastronomic Tour in Traditional Guadalajara

Spend the day sampling food in Guadalajara during this full-day gastronomic tour. With a small group of fellow travelers, try the famous "torta ...  Read more

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.00

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