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I've followed the advice of my Fodor's guide book and tried this restaurant in the northeast corner of the Zocalo. Although it is very close to the Zocalo, it's less frequented by travelers, and instead is packed with locals (and as they say, go where the locals go). The restaurant has a cheap buffet (USD 8), and this place is most well-known for its steaks.
Favorite Dish: Take my word for it and try the "arrachera" under the "carnes" ( which means meat) category on the a la carte menu. It is a juicy steak dish that will leave you hungering for more!
I also tried the Oaxacan chocolate drink here.
Updated Feb 19, 2009
I think it is a cafe for mostly students or young people. but it was nice. chairs maybe a bit uncomfortable. I heard some student telling some older couple that it is nice to go here and i needed something to eat and wait till the church went open.
Favorite Dish: torta de quesillo a kind of round sandwich with beans luttece tomato avocado, cheese between. 18 pesos, fresh Orange Juice 18 pesos (mixed 23 pesos) Fanta 12 pesos
served with i think hot picante sauce i didnot try but ithink it was like chilipeper.
also had a large pure fresh orange juice and a fanta orange all together about 43 pesos. so probably i have a price wrong.
menu was partly in english rest spanish
Updated Jul 30, 2008
Address: Plaza las Virgenes
it doesnot really look much and they dont speak english.
i had some thing with small pieces of beef and melted cheese biftec queso something
and my friend had a vegetarion without picante stuff. we had a corona and a fanta together 112 pesos.
think you can do take away to or maybe even delivery
Updated Jun 7, 2008
Address: calle de Quetzalcoatl and calle del gral. porfirio
I went to Maria Bonita on a Wednesday night which meant it was pretty empty. Hopefully, things pick up at the weekend as the food here is great.
Favorite Dish: Of course, they served the inevitable mole negro, which was delicious. I started with squash flowers, stuffed with cheese and fried in a light batter. Mouth-watering! Good tortillas too.
Written Jan 27, 2008
Address: cnr Alcala and Humboldt
Phone: 516 7233
Run together with a guesthouse and a cooking school, this restaurant serves gourmet Oaxacan specialities. Not cheap in comparision to other places, but lovely atmosphere and attentive staff.
Favorite Dish: I had the squash blossom soup and mole negro. Excellent - tender chicken and delicous sauce. The bread is great too.
Written Jan 27, 2008
Address: Reforma 402
Phone: 516 6668
this is a very small bakery with many different kinds of coffee (i couldn't decide whether this was a coffee shop or a bakery!). i had a piece of pie, which was wonderful, and all of the pastries look delicious. it has a very quiet ambiance, which i needed at that point because of walking around a lot.
Written Aug 11, 2007
Address: calle palacios #604, oaxaca city, oaxaca
traditional oaqueno food. entrees were $15-$25. my notes say this restaurant is open from 7 am to midnight, but since this seems to be mainly a dinner place, i think the hours are probably 7 pm to midnight instead.
Favorite Dish: i had chicken with red mole sauce, which was very good even though i am not usually a fan of mole.
Updated Aug 5, 2007
Address: calle alcala #302, oaxaca city, oaxaca
For an inexpensive extreamly pleasant tasting simple lunch fare I suggest bellying up to a vendor and chowing down. Almost everything is made right in front of you and I see no reason to be afraid of eating it. I haven't been sick from any of it yet.
Favorite Dish: At this vendor Julia and I got a mole coronado empanada. Highly recomended!
Updated Mar 13, 2006
Phone: no phone
This turned out to be one of my most enjoyable meals in Oaxaca.
If you can get one of the few tables by the windows, you'll be able to overlook the action on the Alameda de Leon Plaza below. The walls here are covered in quotes from the Laura Esquivel's novel ("Like water for chocolate").
The menu features very interesting items such as Sopa de Nopal (Cactus soup), Tlayudas (pizza-like dishes made from a large tortilla topped with Oaxaca cheese, mole, and other ingredients), and fancy flamb? desserts.
I tried an appetizer called "Tamales with black mole", mostly to try the black mole (which is supposed to be the most complex and "king" of all the mole sauces), but found its taste a little weird, and rather strong. It contains unsweetened chocolate as one of the many ingredients.
Service was gracious, and I just liked the general atmosphere.
Written Feb 8, 2006
Address: Hidalgo 612
Phone: 516 2917
This is a cool thing.
About 2 blocks south of the Zocalo, through the large Juarez market and onto the next one, stands one of the "must do" things to make your Oaxacan trip complete.
Point at meat, watch it grill, and eat it.
This market hall is lined with almost identical-looking butchers stalls. Each one has the thinly slice meats, some marinated, laying flat on the surface, while hanging above are strings of linked chorizo balls. Every stall has a small and open grill to cook your meat.
When we walked in, a couple of kids wanted to help us, so we just sat at a table and told the kids that we wanted some chorizo, carne asada, guacamole and salsa. In 5 minutes it was all ready for us, cooked to perfection.
Favorite Dish: We ate there the next night too. The same kids remembered us and took care of us again. My wife practiced her Spanish on them.
The chorizo and guacamole were so tangy and spicy, we can still taste it (in a good way).
We'll definitely go back next time
Oh, one more good thing...it's really cheap.
Updated Feb 8, 2006
Address: 20 de Noviembre Market
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