Ideas in Guadalajara?
My wife and I find ourselves in Guadalajara for business this weekend. Does anyone have any recommendations for restaurants that have interesting variations on traditional Mexican cuisine, or a place that does traditional really well and/or has some other appealing attribute?
I always go to this really traditional place in "Las 9 esquinas" (the nine corners) amazing homemade tortillas, the Mole is to die for and really everything on their menu is amazing. They are cooking in front of you the whole time and it's very clean.
I think you will really enjoy it, let me know if you like it!
Av Cristobal Colón 384, Zona Centro, Guadalajara, JAL
Phone: (33) 3613 6260
And for dinner I would recommend La Fonda de la Noche.
Handcrafted food in a romantic old hacienda style house, really beautiful, nice setting and good music. I would sit on the top floor terrace. Try the "Platillo Combinado" wich has 5 diferent things you can taste.
And for something really traditional and absolutely delicious, don't miss Karne Garibaldi, at the corner of Calle José Clemente Orozco and Calle Garibaldi, a quick taxi ride from the Centro Histórico. They only cook one thing--carne en su jugo, a Jalisco specialty--and theirs is the gold standard. The refried beans that accompany your carne are...well, my mouth is watering onto my keyboard!
Here's what Rancho Gordo (www.ranchogordo.com) has to say about Karne Garibaldi:
One of the highlights of any trip to Guadalajara should be the restaurant Karne Garibaldi. Their signature dish is Carne en su jugo and one bite will make you a fan for life. It's somewhere between a soup and a stew. Accompanied by grilled onions, tortillas, and cilantro, it's a great dish that you don't see much on menus outside of Mexico. I was in lovely Stockton, California one day with my mother and found a pretty good version of it at La Fogata, but it had more tomatillos than I remember and it was good but not the end all version found at Karne Garibaldi."
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Thanks for the suggestions. As things worked out, we only had a chance to sample one of your suggestions, and that was La Fonda de la Noche. We liked the atmosphere quite a bit, and the food was good. However, given that there were very few people there, the service was sporadic and slow, and it was very hard to get any server's attention.
I actually want to recommend to all of you another restaurant that we more or less stumbled into for a Sunday late lunch, La Fonda de San Miguel Arcangel, on Calle Guerra, not far from the Cathedral. The building, decor, and atmosphere are extraordinary, the service was excellent, and the food was really good.
We are planning 3 nights in Guadalajara at the end of the year before our annual trip to Puerto Vallarta. I don't know much about the city or what to do. Which area of the city would you recommend staying that is hip, charming and possible walking distance to restaurants? I'm looking for something comparable to Polanca in Mexico City or the central part of Oaxaca or the Zona Romantica in Puerto Vallarta. Thanks. It's a bit too early to ask for food suggestions.