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Jan 18, 2014 04:27 PM

Top 25 Restaurants in Mexico

Do you agree with this list or not? Do you think they really are the top 25 restaurants in Mexico today?

For once, I do think the list is pretty solid.

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  1. I'll want to try La Marea in PDC, one of only 3 east of Mexico City. I'm disappointed that Las Mananitas in Cuernavaca didn't make it, but it's a strong list. Nothing in Puebla, birthplace of chiles en nogada. At least there's one in Merida which I know you like.

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    1. re: Veggo

      I'll be in Guanajuato and SMA next month. I want to try the two that were listed for those cities.

      I noticed it was a little top heavy on D.F. and Baja ;-)

      1. re: DiningDiva

        Guanajuato and SMA are such beautiful areas, and from what I read are relatively safe. I am shocked that equally beautiful Michoacán has become so dangerous. Do you fly into Leon?

        1. re: Veggo

          Let's don't dwell on Michoacan :-(. It is on of my absolute favorite places in Mexico and I am really distressed with what is happening there.

          Yes, we are flying Tijuana to Leon. I can hardly wait :-)

    2. I think El Arrayan in Puerto Vallarta is deserving of a spot on the list.

      1. Of that list, I have only eaten at Café de Tacuba (once for cena and another time for desayuno.) I would not describe either as a great meal. The supper was passable, the breakfast not so.

        Where on that list is Nico's México Cuitlahuac? El Bajío (original)? El Cardenal? The several "Azules"?

        It's notable that the list has a lot of BCN restaurants, which would appeal to DiningDiva. :-)

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        1. re: Anonimo

          The list, undoubtedly, leans more towards alta cocina than tradicional.

          Also, just an's not longer BCN. Apparently, they dropped the "N" a number of years back. It's now simply:

          BC = Baja California with the "norte" implied


          BCS = Baja California Sur

        2. I have been to Los Danzantes Oaxaca (good choice), Birriería Las 9 Esquinas (I know a better place in Guadalajara), Café de Tacuba (this restaurant has gone so far downhill it shouldn’t be on anybody’s list), Pitiona (the food was...well, I wouldn't go back unless it has changed a great deal), and Casa Oaxaca (better than Pitiona but IMHO not worthy of the 25-best). Pujol deserves it, Biko maybe. I haven’t been to any of the Baja restaurants—maybe someday I'll get over that way again.

          First photo is estofado de lengua, Pitiona.
          Second is a fish dish at Casa Oaxaca.

          Just my opinions about the others. YMMV.


          1. I like the list, is Los Danzantes related to the one in Coyoacan Mexico CIty? I've never been to Tijuana but it seems like a terrific place for restaurants these days!

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            1. re: bronwen

              Los Danzantes in Oaxaca is the original. Los Danzantes in Coyoacán is its sister restaurant.