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May 3, 2011 02:24 PM

Guadalajara Expo Area

Hola chowhounds

Can any suggest a few local eateries in and around the expo area? I'd like to take my father out for a couple authentic dinners, he hasn't been back home in GDL in over 15 years.

Also, are there any wine bars or note worthy watering holes in the area?


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  1. hmm... I'm not sure if you're going to find very good food near the Expo. I'd take a taxi to some other area of town. That said, breakfast is quite good near the Expo. I would recommend the breakfast at the Guadalajara Plaza Expo and the Crown Plaza (Mariano Otero & Lopez Mateos). I would not recommend the breakfast at the Hilton or the Camino Real. Good luck!

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    1. re: deeb

      Any suggestions of Guadalajara are appreciated. We'll have a car Friday till Sunday.

      We will also visit Chapala, Tlaquepaque and tenamaxtlan. Staying at the GDL expo, thanks for the help.

      1. re: afs

        Copied and pasted from an old thread about this same topic. Still true.

        I lived in Guadalajara for several years and have posted about many restaurants in the city.

        The bad news is that there really aren't any options within walking distance of the Expo. It's in a sort of no-man's-land of hotels and residential areas. The Expo itself has a restaurant; if I recall correctly, it's the Camelia. Not good. And the Hilton has a restaurant that advertises Angus beef; I haven't been there and can't say yay or nay.

        You need to know that the main meal of the day in Mexico, called comida, is eaten sometime between 2 and 4PM, not at night. Check your convention programming to see whether you'll have time for a break during those hours.

        The really good news is that cab fare in Guadalajara is quite inexpensive, which means you'll be able to get to excellent restaurants and not spend your meal budget on taxis.

        Here are a few top-flight high-end recommendations:
        1. La O, on José Guadalupe Zuna east of Av. Unión...fixed price, international menu
        2. Ma Come No, on Av. de las Américas at Angulo...Italian, don't miss the salad bar
        3. La Matera, on Av. México...Argentine, superb cuts of meat

        Reviews of all three are posted elsewhere on the Mexico board.

        Look here for the Tequila Express, a fantastic experience:

        Have a great trip!

        Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

        1. re: cristina

          thanks for the help, Ma Come No is No more. It's has a new name and was closed when we tried to go.
          We did find a very nice place called el sacromonte, very nice, well presented Mexican gourmet in the Chapalita area not too far from the expo area.