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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Nice big covered inner courtyard with a lot of space. Wicked drinks (I had a mojito one day and a sangria on another day and both times felt quite whoozy). It's very quiet at lunch.
Eclectic menu (could be refered to as "nouvelle cuisine" Mexican style)!
The appetizers are large and often enough for a meal, especially since everything comes with warm tortillas.
This place is a kind upscale restaurant with white tablecloths and full service. The servers speak perfect English and are very friendly. The nicest place I ate while there, however I didnt try too many places that looked fancy.
Favorite Dish: I had the filet mignon with mole colorado and i think black beans? It was excellent. It reminded me of french preparation because of the balanced flavors and simplicity. Not typical heavy Mexican food.
Hotel Camino Real is arguably the nicest hotel in Oaxaca. Unfortunately, I didn't stay here, but I did treat myself to a fantastic breakfast buffet on one lazy morning.
The Hotel Camino Real is set in a former 16th century convent (Santa Catalina) and it is a real treat to walk around. The restaurant is located inside the hotel and also outside around the center courtyard. Even though the city was blazing hot, it felt like the heat couldn't quite penetrate the thick convent walls. We ate in the courtyard and were treated with cool breezes as we sipped on high quality coffees and the best hot chocolate I have ever had.
Favorite Dish: The breakfast buffet is fantastic. It has a huge variety of fruits, pastries and great Mexican breakfast foods: enfrijoladas (black bean and cheese enchiladas), chilaquiles (tortilla chips baked with chicken and salsa, and sprinkled with a little cheese), chiles stuffed with eggs and cheese, and other selections.
I have heard that lunch and dinner is also a treat at this restaurant, but I didn't try it for any meal other than breakfast.
Don't miss a cup of hot chocolate (and I never order hot chocolate at home).
On the other end of the dining spectrum from El Naranjo, Oaxaca has small hidden Fondas and stalls throughout the city, and especially in its Markets.
La Fonda Florecita is one such "find". Although to be fair... I don't know that it is much of a secret since we read about it in Bon Appetit (but we didn't see any foreigners there). However, there is a wall next to the tables where people from all over the world have signed their names and compliments. The most famous name on this wall is probably Bono (of U2 fame).
This is little more than a stall with several large tables (to share) set up in the Mercado de la Merced. It is not fancy, nice or for the tourist who does not want to venture off the "beaten path".
The food here is the real deal... the food that the locals (poor and wealthy) eat on a daily basis. You will find empanadas, quesadillas, enchiladas and other simple dishes.
Favorite Dish: I tried an empanada de quesillo con flores de calabaza (thick sort of tortilla filled with local Oaxaca cheese and squash blossoms) and the empanada de quesillo con huitlacoche (thick sort of tortilla filled with Oaxacan cheese and a sort of fungus that grows on corn and tastes like mushrooms- this is a real delicacy in Mexico).
Oaxaca market, like all Mexican markets has a food area, with little "restaurants" vying for your custom. In Oaxaca they rattle the entire days menu off to you in about 3 seconds hoping to lure you in.
Do let yourself get lured in and try something.
It's cheap and delicious & spreads the wealth ;-)
Favorite Dish: I had the chicken with mole negro ( chili sauce with chocolate) LOVELY
A great place for a cheap and good meal is the stand which is right by the church on the corner of Trujano & M Fiallo ( just across from the magic hostel).
They make these great things called Tlayuda, which are giant torillas ( I think) with black beans, Oaxacan cheese & advocado. There are also some other lovely things to try which I don't know the name of, I just pointed at what other people were having and tried them. Delicious, even if some of it was quite spicy - they got a good free laugh from the look on my face sometimes.
Closes quite early, so it's a lunchtime/afternoon snack place
Unfortunatley I didn't get a photo ............ ;-(
16 de Noviembre mercado: south of the Zocalo. I recommend you go to this market for your breakfast - they have very good hot chocolate, tamales, fruit salads and coffee. Prices are higher than you might expect at a fonda, but the atmosphere (loud and lively) and quality of what you´ll get make it well worthwhile. Not for the shy or timid, but a more authentic meal than what you´ll get sitting around the zocalo and paying double.
Favorite Dish: Tamales oaxaqeños: with mole and chicken, awesome way to start the day
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