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.
Cafe del teatro is a really nice cafe that is next to the theater as you might guess from the name.
The decor is quite stylish and it´s the kinda place where you go for a good cup of coffee when you don´t mind paying a little extra for nice coffee in a nice setting.
The cafe has free wifi too.
Just get the password at the counter and you can be online for as long as you want.
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.
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 5-star hotel has a well regarded restaurant which serves excellent regional and continental cuisine and offers superb views.
The city of Oaxaca has long been considered "Mexico's culinary capital." The most notable aspect of Oaxacan cuisine is its variety of moles, a type of complex sauce.
Hotel Victoria Restaurant was the place where I tried the famous Mexican Dish called Mole. It contains many ingredients and however everyone has it's own recipe it always contains chocolate.
The hotel has an open air restaurant with fabulous buffet breakfasts, (as well as a la carte lunch and dinner).
Don't be surprised to find many of the restaurants in the city empty. Oaxaqueños do not frequent restaurants but they do like eating in market stalls foods such as tasajo, thinly sliced beef; cecina, spicy pork; Oaxacan tamales; and tlayudas--12-inch tortillas, slightly dried, on which you put a number of toppings. To see a magnificent array of local foods, walk through the Abastos Market on Saturday; the quantity and variety are remarkable.
El Famoso Restaurant is located on the road to Mitla.
We stopped at El Famoso on our way back from Santa Maria del Tule to Tehuantepec. It has a rustic Mexican buffet.
There were some good choices to be found. Several soups were all excellent as was the spread of cold salads and fruit. The moles and guisados were average to good depending upon what one chose. There was a grill with tasajo, cecina, chorizo and chicken available. The tasajo was forgettable, but the cecina and chorizo were pretty decent (no one tried the chicken). Desserts were average. The limonada (made con gaso, with sparkling water) was outstanding. Tortillas hecho a mano were absolutely divine and hard to stop eating. We watched the senora make them, cook them on the comal and then come to our table....
Cold Corona beer was very good that very hot day!
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 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
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.
If the sweltering heat gets to you, an ice cream is definitely in order! The most popular place (for locals and tourists alike) is Jardin Socrates, right next to La Soledad Church. The ice cream there is about American prices but it's well worth it!
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
Cocina Antiguas Oaxacqenas, Oaxaca City
Simple, homely, welcoming
Favorite Dish: Extensive traditional Oaxacan food - the chicken and various moles (including chocolate, almond, red chilli) are wonderful as are the various soups. But plenty of other things on the menu.
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