Best restaurants in Guadalajara Region

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    Alcalde

    A favorite top-end restaurant in Guadalajara, the 'Mayor' is chef Paco Ruano's local venture, having cut his teeth at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona and Noma in Copenhagen. His menu changes seasonally but feature creations like green aguachile soup with green apples, American wagyu in rich red mole , and rice pudding with cinnamon ice cream and toasted chocolate. The decor – colorful Perspex lights setting off a black-and-white tiled floor – is stunning.

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    Tortas Ahogadas Migue

    Take it from tapatíos (native Guadalajarans) in the know: this bright yellow-and-orange cafe serves the city's best tortas ahogadas, Guadalajara’s beloved hangover cure. Baguette-like rolls called birotes are filled with chunks of slow-roasted pork and drenched with searing salsa picante – ask for yours ‘ media ahogada ’ (half-drowned) for less burn. Only die-hard chili-heads should request ‘ bien ahogada.’

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    Lula Bistro

    Guadalajara’s most inventive restaurant is this super-chic eatery west of the center. Sleek and industrial though the setting is, it’s the food people come for. The menus – both a la carte and prix fixe – are best described as a fusion of French preparation and Mexican tastes; seafood dishes are particularly strong. Wine pairings also available. Reservations highly recommended.

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    Fonda Doña Gabina Escolatica

    This narrow, barnlike restaurant on a delightful Zapopan side-street of pastel-colored houses is bedecked with sunny colored textiles and specializes in pozole (traditional soup or stew made with hominy, pork and chilies) and monumental tostada de pollo, a huge pile of chicken and cabbage on a toasted tortilla.

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    Birriería las Nueve Esquinas

    Many restaurants in the village-like Nueve Esquinas (Nine Corners) neighborhood specialize in birria, meat stewed in its own juices until very tender. Birriería las Nueve Esquinas, a delightful semi-open-air restaurant covered in blue-and-white tiles, is renowned far and wide for being the king of birria. The two main offerings here are birria de chivo (steamed goat) and barbacoa de borrego (baked lamb). Both cost M$140 and come with a stack of fresh tortillas, pickled onions, cilantro and two types of salsa. Wrap the meat in the tortilla, add various flavors and then dip the tortilla in the meat juice before putting it in your mouth.

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    Casa Luna

    Set in the heart of Tlaquepaque, Casa Luna spreads throughout an open courtyard under the shade of a large tree and inside as well. The cuisine is Mexican with modern twists: filet mignon with gorgonzola and chipotle sauce or black fettuccine topped with shrimp and huitlacoche (corn mushrooms). The wonderfully unique lamps and other lighting fixtures come from the attached Orígenes shop.

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    El Sacromonte

    This favorite alta cocina (gourmet restaurant) establishment in Colonia Americas has whimsical takes on classic dishes – quesadillas sprinkled with rose petals and strawberry aioli, avocado-watermelon soup and giant prawns in lobster sauce with fried spinach. The decor pays homage to erstwhile matadors – there are cartoons of them everywhere – and moody piano music plays in the background. Reservations recommended.

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    La Panadería

    A self-proclaimed ‘bread laboratory,’ this tiny high end bakery offers a delicious range of baked goods from around the world: buttery croissants, melt-in-your-mouth brioche, sticky cinnamon buns, artisanal breads and more. For something closer to a meal, opt for the personal pizzas, panini or empanadas (giant turnovers stuffed with gourmet cheeses and cured meats).

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    Peko Peko

    This hopping little restaurant specializes in big, steaming bowls of ramen noodles with loads of toppings that keep vegans to meat lovers equally satisfied. Start your meal with ‘pan al vapor’ – a steaming pork bun served hot and quick – and don’t miss the creative cocktail menu (cucumber martini, anyone?). Come mid-week to avoid the lines.

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    Casa Fuerte

    This elegant and sprawling place leans toward fine dining, with a full cocktail bar, refreshing garden patio and a rather stately feel. It’s popular with Tlaquepaque’s upper crust, although you can usually get a table with no problem. Try the sizzling queso fundido con chorizo (melted cheese with chorizo) in a stone pot.

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    Café Candela

    A boho cafe in a patio-like setting with cozy couches, repurposed tables, and chilled out tunes. Dishes use whole foods and minimal fats and sugars – healthy Mexican! The comida corrida (daily special) includes soup, a main dish and all you can drink agua fresca (fresh fruit drinks) for M$95.

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    Isla Cozumel

    Among the best of the touristy lakefront restaurants, Cozumel sits just up from the boardwalk and bills itself as a 'Caribbean Escape on the Chapala Riviera.' It is very popular with visitors who enjoy the complimentary margaritas as a prelude to the seafood-biased meals – everything from catfish to oysters.

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    Dogos El Chino

    A classic Tapatio experience – and must do post-bar hopping – is a two-for-one plate at El Chino, a street stand grilling up rows and rows of dogs wrapped in bacon and topped with mayo, mustard, onions, panela cheese, and the requisite grilled jalapeño. (Hold the heart burn.)

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    Taco La Paz

    Guadalajara may be a fair distance from the ocean, but fish and seafood remain a passion. For prawn and fish tacos, this simple eatery can't be beat and you'll guess that as soon as you see the queues.

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    La Fonda de la Noche

    Set in a rambling art nouveau house, this restaurant is a stunner in every way. The cuisine is largely from the Durango region and it would be fair to say that absolutely anything is tasty. The menu is simple and largely spoken, but the affable owner, Carlos, does speak basic English. Try the plato combinado – a selection of the chef's four prize dishes. Also excellent is chiles en nogada (mild green chilies stuffed with meat and fruit, fried in batter and served with a sauce of cream, ground walnuts and cheese). It's a little hard to find: the door is unmarked and it's on a quiet residential area on the northwest corner of Jesús and Reforma.

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    Karne Garibaldi

    This branch of a large and bright local cantina chain is wildly popular with Mexican families and has two specialties: carne en su jugo (‘meat in its juice,’ a type of beef soup; large/medium/small M$126/109/96); and fast, some might call it abrupt, service. The neighborhood is friendly and buzzes at night, and you’re almost guaranteed to be the only traveler. Karne Garibaldi is a 15-minute walk north of Avenida Vallarta – stroll there via the quiet backstreets and enjoy the colorful houses and little hole-in-the-wall bars along the way.

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    Mariscos Progreso

    On Saturday and Sunday afternoons it feels like half of Guadalajara has packed into this Tlaquepaque patio seafood restaurant with an open fire. Dressed-up Mexican families slurp ceviche and pass around platters of pineapple shrimp (M$162) and huachinango al estilo Veracruz (snapper with lime and tomatoes; M$299), while mariachis wander from table to table. Oysters (from M$106 a dozen) are a specialty – you’ll recognize the place by the oyster-shucking hut out front.

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    La Chata de Guadalajara

    Quality comida típica (home-style food), affordable prices and ample portions mean this family diner always has a queue out front. Fortunately, hard-working staff keep the crowds moving quickly, plus you'll be happily distracted watching the energetic chefs spin tortillas as you wait in line. The specialty is the superb platillo jaliscense (fried chicken with five side dishes; M$119). La Chata also serves a popular pozole (hominy soup; M$80).

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    Mariscos el Social

    The chef, known as 'El Socio', started serving his sensational ceviche and delicious shrimp and octopus cocktails from his stainless-steel cart on Glendale and Delicias, 20 years ago. He still works that corner, but he has a sit-down cafe down the block that is equally great. Order a shrimp and octopus plate if you're not into the soupy cocktails. Each week El Socio and his crew serve 350 kilos of shrimp and octopus. So, you know it's fresh.

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    Café Madrid

    An upgraded 1950s-style cafe that is open all day, but best for a huevos rancheros breakfast (fried eggs on a corn tortilla with a tomato, chili and onion sauce served with refried beans; M$60) and chilaquiles (fried tortilla strips cooked with chili sauce; M$77). It lacks the historical atmosphere of similar Mexican places, although the coffee, dispensed from a vintage silver espresso machine, has plenty of zest.