Guadalajara, as a food destination, often gets overshadowed by its more populous, hyper-capital of Mexico’s taco scene in the southeast.
With scores of top-tier restaurants, Mexico City is a culinary force, but the country’s “second city” packs a punch all its own.
Those who prefer a more defined regional style and, generally, a more laid-back food destination, will find themselves extremely satisfied eating and drinking their way through Jalisco’s capital city.
Guadalajara is on Mexico’s west coast and a short flight from most U.S. major cities.
The metropolis of nearly 1.5 million people is a good introduction to the foundation of Mexican classics and has a lot to offer in terms of food and drink culture.
Guadalajara represents a thriving culinary landscape filled with time-honored ancestral recipes and modern takes of native ingredients.
Beyond Guadalajara and its neighboring communities, being the birthplace of such pillars of Mexican food culture as birria and tequila, there is so much more to enjoy.
For starters, fermented drinks, dishes built on heirloom corn, historic sourdough bread, third-wave coffee, and a sensibility for fresh mariscos inspired by Jalisco’s beautiful coast.
Welcome to Guadalajara.
Óscar Segundo and Xrysw Ruelas Díaz’s restaurant inside of a tortillería in Guadalajara’s working-class neighborhood of Santa Teresita is proof that a world-class restaurant can exist anywhere.
Tejuino El Güero at Mercado San Juan de Dios
You cannot visit Guadalajara and not try a Tejuino. It is the city’s pride and joy in beverage form.
Pal Real is Guadalajara’s hippest breakfast spot.