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Jun 24, 2011 03:16 PM

Best food city in Mexico

I want to take a short (4-5 days) foodie trip to Mexico. Besides Mexico City does anyone have any reccomendations as to a particular city or area for the best or most diversified food representations?

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  1. Best is subjective, of course, but Oaxaca is known for great food. Are you looking for anything in particular?

    1. I would second Oaxaca and also mention Puebla.

      1. Mexico City could consume 4 or 5 days alone ;-)

        Third for Oaxaca and second for Puebla as well.

        In addition, you might want to consider:

        Patzcuaro in Michoacan for the street food. It's a small manageable town with street food that's tasty and pretty safe. Corundas, nieves, atole de grano, carnitas, enchiladas placeras, sopa tarasteca, the list goes on for miles.

        If you're in to seafood, Veracurz offers some options

        And, don't laugh, the Mexican city doing some of the most interesting, cutting edge food right now is Tijuana. And it's only about 50 miles from the Valle de Guadalupe which one of Mexico's wine growing regions. Easily accessible from D.F. by multiple airlines.

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        1. re: DiningDiva

          Of course Oaxaca and Puebla are usually cited but I have had marvellous food in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City. Merida also has good food and I love the shrimp in Mazatlan!

        2. Each region of Mexico specializes in its own style cuisine. "Most diversified" will get you mediocre, in most instances, because, for example, you generally won't find great Oaxacan cuisine in Puebla, and you won't find great Puebla cuisine in Michoacán, and you won't find great Michoacán cooking in Sonora.

          I believe that your best bet is to go to the source: go to Pátzcuaro, Morelia, and Ziracuaretiro in Michoacán for truly outstanding regional cuisine, go to Oaxaca for great Oaxacan cuisine--but be careful, alta cocina is taking the place by storm and has no relationship to Oaxaca cuisine--or go to Puebla for old-style Puebla cooking.

          In Mexico City, there are some really fine examples of great Mexican food: Restaurante Flor de Lis, Restaurante El Bajío (the original location), Azul/Condesa, and some others. Street food is abundant, excellent, and fun to sample. Have a great trip and post back!