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Aug 14, 2011 07:29 AM

Guadalajara Dining

Can anyone recommend restaurants in Guadalajara? We are looking for interesting, creative and of course tasty.

Thank you

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  1. If you search this Mexico board, you'll find a lot of recommendations including many from me. Almost all of these recommendations are still good, even though some might be from other years. The one I know that has closed is Ma Come No (may it RIP, it was wonderful). Others are still thriving.

    Do a search for Karne Garibaldi and eat at the original location, Calle José Clemente Orozco at the corner of Calle Garibaldi. It's a Guadalajara classic.

    Eat at Torta Loca on the ground floor of the Mercado Libertad.

    Try a torta ahogada and a tejuino with lemon ice on the street.

    Eat a Mexican shrimp cocktail--there's nothing like it back home.

    Have a great time!


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    1. re: cristina

      We have been to Guadalajara many times. We have lived in Oaxaca for over 10 years. I was looking for something more upscale and new. Sorry, I should have stated more directly what we are looking for in our dining adventures. We go to Karne Garibaldi every visit. We have eaten at Corazon de Alcachofa & Sacramonte in Guadalajara. Adobe & Casa Fuerte in Tlaquepaque.
      Thank you for your response.

      1. re: Jackala2

        Aha, well then! You are far from a newbie and thanks for the clarification.

        Have you eaten at Cocina 88 (, or its sister restaurant La O ( Both are interesting concepts. I used to have comida at La O fairly frequently when I lived in GDL.

        And if you haven't eaten at La Matera, (Av. México near Newton), you might enjoy its Argentine flavor and huge slabs of beef. The churrasco will keep you going for several days!

        Alta cocina mexicana--with its sort of vertical small-plate riffs on traditional Mexican food--hadn't hit GDL when I left, in 2007. it might well be there now, please report back on what you find.

        And as it happens, I will be in Oaxaca from Sept 1-5 for the first few days of El Saber del Sabor. If you're in town (and maybe attending the festivities) it could be fun to get together for a coffee or ???.


        1. re: cristina

          Just so you know, I walked by La O after eating at the Salon del Bosque this last week and it's closed for renovations.

          To the OP: What about the I Latina and Anita Li? I find they are consistently very good for upscale lunch or dinner.

        2. re: Jackala2

          The Guadalajara Reporter has a story this week about the new Lula Bistro and its chef Darren Walsh. Sounds wonderful. He is an Irishman married to a woman raised in
          Guad.. He owned his own place, Papillon, in NYC and prior to that worked at Daniel's. In Europe, he worked under several famous chefs (Gordon Ramsey) and at Michelin starred restaurants. So, at least we know he knows how to cook! Loc at San Gabriel 3030, between Lopez Mateos and Misiones, Col Vallarta Sur, (333) 647-6423

          1. re: MazDee

            Thank you for the tip. We will be looking forward to giving it a try. We will be staying in that part of town, so it will make for an easy adventure. We are also looking forward to trying Anita Li and/or I Latina. Friends of ours from GDL are always raving about those two restaurants.

            1. re: MazDee

              Dear MazDee,

              Thanks a million for the tip on Lula Bistro. We ate there the other day and it was definitely one of the best meals that we have EVER had. One of our favorites in GDL has been Corazon del Alcachofa. Well, this is as good, if not better. It was a treat and a half dining there. Looking forward to a return on our next trip in November.

              We also had a very good meal at Entre2 at Calderon de la Barca 119. It was also a tip from the Guadalajara Reporter.

        3. There's always the old standby Santo Coyote in the old US Consular's house. Great atmosphere/decor and rather good food, though not particularly creative or unusual.

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          1. re: dlglidden

            Uuuufffff...go to Santo Coyote for a drink, but go elsewhere for your meal. The food is...well...I ate there once, but would not eat there again under any circumstances. Our table of six ended up with almost everything deducted from the bill as inedible. Yikes, horrible food.


            1. re: dlglidden

              Santo Coyote might have actually been my single worst meal in Mexico. I'd rather eat from a kiosk at a bus depot (seriously).