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Aug 11, 2011 11:28 PM

Vegetarian Recs needed for Guadalajara, Guanajuato and San Miguel De Allende

Hey all, mostly a lurker here on chowhound but I wanted to reach out ask for vegetarian dining recommendations for Guadalajara, Guanajuato, and San Miguel de Allende. I don't need to eat in places that are exclusively vegetarian, anywhere that has at least one (preferably more) option is fine. I'm also open to anything from street food to upscale restaurants. I will be in Guadalajara the longest and found it hard to find vegetarian options on a previous visit so I would really love some good tips. Thanks in advance!

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    1. On our many visits to Guanajuato over the years, since the early '90s, we loved Truco 7. So it was with great disappointment that we had breakfast there on two or three days, in conjunction with the related B&B , Hospedería Truco 7, a few blocks away. This was in June, 2009, I believe.

      In general, the breakfasts were poorly prepared, sloppily presented. The coffee was good, and I'm pleased to say that the famous Tres Leches Cake was almost as good as the first time we'd had it there.

      Our first meal on arrival was at the Casa Valadez, across from the Teatro Júarez, which pleased and satisfied us. I wouldn't call it a "must visit" place, though.

      The big splurge, to celebrate our anniversary, was at Las Mercedes, up in the suburban hills. We were well cared for by the owners and had a very interesting meal. It was customized to our desires and most dishes were very successful.

      We enjoy rustic food in a country setting, and we were very happy with La Cabaña de Lola, at Puerto Barrientos, enroute to Santa Rosa. However, it's not a good spot for vegetarians.

      We have been to SMA only 3 or 4 times, and so far, the best meal we had was a very good salad and an excellent pizza at La Grotta. Do a search in my blog, for details on our SMA dining experiences.

      1. re: Anonimo

        Hi Anonimo, Two places to go in Gto Capital are Mitsu, very tasty and authentic Japanese food; moderately priced, a few outside and inside tables, Japanese salads, chicken and fish their specialties. I eat there at least several times a month. Mitsu is on the last lane to the left from Plaza San Fernando, going toward the San Roque. church. If you pass Mitsu and turn right going uphill you come to El Lechon Ilustrado, a teahouse that also serves beer, sells books, and at times hosts evening cultural events. Tea served with a small pig cookie.

        I've heard of a new fish restaurant I'm going to try, near the old Bar Ocho, not far from the base of the funicular. Again, moderately priced. Unbelievable because I heard the fish are flown in; the owner is from a fishing family.

        As for Truco 7, I enjoy it at 11 when many local people are there for a chocolate or coffee almuerzo.

    2. I had a really delicious pastry stuffed with vegetables in a poblano cream sauce at El Sacromonte in Guadalajara... in 2008. I skimmed their online menu and didn't see it immediately, so I'm not sure if it's still a dish they serve. You could give them a call and see if they've got something vegetarian on their menu.

      For more "international" flavours I liked La O (another thread says it's closed for renos but it might be open when you're there) and Coscafe. I ate at the latter at least a half dozen times in the seven months I was in town. Near the Zapopan cathedral there was a restaurant that served a vegetarian version of pozole... Fonda Gabina Escolastica at Javier Mina #237. I don't know if the restaurant is still there, but if it is then it's nice to have a vegetarian version of the soup you'll see everywhere else.

      My favourite meal of the day was always breakfast, and I found that just about any hole-in-the-wall type place would make great quesadillas with potatoes or squash blossoms for me. With some scrambled eggs and refried beans I would be full until dinner! One of the best breakfasts was at a seriously sketchy little restaurant across from the old bus station... I still remember it fondly!