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Dec 12, 2009 12:14 PM

Guadalajara during the Holidays

We are returning for a holiday visit of 5 days after Christmas and through New Years. I noted that most of the posts were at least a year old and last time, we discovered the many recommended places had disappeared. We love suggestions for both lunch and dinner dining.

One lunch will certainly be from a stall in the central market (a torta agohado perhaps) and one dinner will be back at the restaurant in the old nunnary (El Sacramonte?). Would appreciate suggestions to fill the other meals.

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  1. I think the restaurant in the old nunnery is La Fonda de San Miguel. I ate there and it was good, but not great. El Sacromonte is lovely (the "rose petal quesadillas" and the veggies in phyllo with poblano cream sauce are awesome) but the atmosphere is more contemporary (there's a tree growing through the restaurant!). I'm also partial to La O, which is fairly close to Centro Magno. The atmosphere is pretty classy, they've got a great salad bar and an international/fusion menu. Also, delish bread basket. I was in GDL for six months, so when I wanted something a bit different I'd go to La O or Coscafe (in the Zona Rosa) for "Meditteranean" food like thin crust pizza or pasta. Another "big name" in Guadalajara cuisine is Santo Coyote; in my opinion, easily the worst restaurant I ate at in GDL, and also the most expensive.

    From this board, I found out about a restaurant near the Basilica of Zapopan called "Fonda Doña Gabina Escolástica" it's at Javier Mina 237 (the one in ZAPOPAN, not Guadalajara!). I went there particularly to try their vegetarian posole, which was great, but they've also got a wide menu of other choices. According to this board, they're only open for lunch on Sundays (the rest of the week it's just dinner). We went for Sunday lunch and it was PACKED with locals, so it's got to be pretty popular.

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    1. re: Jetgirly

      The posts that I have written about Guadalajara restaurants over the last couple of years are still accurate. I hope you have a great time!


    2. El Sacromonte has some nice Mexican food. The cost is fair, but it is really nice for a special occasion. (, Las Nueve Esquinas has wonderful birria and some other traditional Mexican food. (
      )Goa is nice if you want to try some lovely Indian food. (http://www.goa-restaurantes-guadalaja...). If you want some really nice coffe and a mediterranean lunch, go to Coscafe (

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      1. re: elkabubi

        Goa was hands-down the worst "Indian" food I have ever eaten in my life. Even the owner of the restaurant acknowledged, in response to my post on Trip Advisor, that it's not authentic and people who have eaten Indian food abroad probably won't like it. I would rather stay home and eat stale tortillas than be taken out for dinner there!

        1. re: Jetgirly

          I could imagine that you just had a bad experience. I have had really nice food there and I actually went with an Indian friend from the company I work for. He was definitely happy with the food there too...

          I saw the comment you put on Trip Advisor and that was definitely not very recent and I guess you should take another look at it because the owner was not acknowledging that it was not authentic Indian food, but rather said that some elements that you would expect to see in your home country would be too expensive to sell here.

      2. I liked very much La Chata (both locations), Sacramonte and Goa, i´ve been to indian restaurants in the US and in Mexico City, i´ve enjoyed the food every time...I didn´t like Camino Real in Guadalajara, they served me a terrible seafood salad.