Parador Gastrónomico de Cocteleros
To say that Veracruz' greatest ‘sight’ is a cafe might seem like a slur on this grizzled port city’s reputation. But walk into the Gran Café de la Parroquia – over two centuries old – and the penny will quickly drop.
The gorgeously village-like Nueve Esquinas (Nine Corners) neighborhood specializes in birria, meat stewed in its own juices until it’s so tender it melts in your mouth.
It’s hard to go past trying one of the diverse eating and drinking options at La Casona de los Cinco Patios , all of which are under the auspice of a mansion with five patios. Locals rave about San Miguelito for its food, old-fashioned service, ambience and decor: each table has different chairs and is decorated with themed, hand-painted wooden platters.
This (entirely meat-free) godsend for vegetarians is an excellent place for lunch, and is moments from the zócalo .
If you have time for only one meal you must seek out the greatest taco known to humanity. Tucked inside a strip of covered food stalls on the intersection of Hidalgo and Guerrero, is the modest Rica Birria . Immediately you will notice a different level of cleanliness and care here.
It doesn't look like much upon first glance. Just little a handful of plastic tables under a stilted palapa roof on what feels like a vacant lot spilling out of a ceramic tiled kitchen.
A second home for some of Matamoros’ artists and intellectuals, this hip restaurant features avant-garde paintings on exposed brick walls and an intimate garden patio, where you can enjoy breakfasts (M$15 to M$60), spinach salads, fruity crepes, and well-executed main dishes including pastas and seafood.
This health-conscious chain has a mellow ambience and good, friendly service. The food is consistently good, eschewing red meat in favor of fish, poultry and vegetarian fare, plus wholegrain breads and rolls and a variety of fruit and veggie juices and shakes. Air-con and free wi-fi make this a great place to take a break from Acapulco’s heat and urban chaos.
The preferred brunch choice south of the river, tables are sprinkled on a ceramic-tiled patio beneath a stilted terra-cotta roof and in a shady bar-side garden.
If you can handle the Eagles barrage (you're almost guaranteed to hear Hotel California at least twice while you're here), pop into the restaurant that claims to be the original restaurant that was in Hotel California.
A modern temple of somewhat stark decor coupled with exciting updated Mexican flavors, Martha Ortiz is something of a culinary goddess in these parts.
It’s well worth the trouble of crossing the border to indulge in an unexpectedly exquisite candlelight dinner at this popular Sonoran restaurant built partly into the rocky cliffs. Kick back with a fresh lime margarita while making up your mind between the chicken mole, the garlic shrimp or other worthy menu candidates.
Dozens of comedores inside this large market serve up Oaxacan and Mexican staples like tlayudas , chiles rellenos and moles - but the treat is the hugely popular carne asada (grilled meat) hall on the east side, filled with the aroma of meat grilling over hot coals A half-kilogram of tasajo or cecina enchilada (slices of chili-coated pork) for M$35, with a couple of M.
Grab a table on Mama Rosa’s pleasant outdoor patio and load up on sopes (tortillas with a layer of beans, cheese and salsa), tamales, chilaquiles , nopales, chorizo, eggs and delicious salsas from the scrumptious breakfast buffet.