Mandatory Mexican Restaurants in Guadalajara, Jalisco

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Where to find the Best Guadalajara Mexican food and what to order

Guadalajara is Mexico’s second City and has a world of international cuisine to be explored. However, when my family is visiting from other parts of the world I want to show them the depth and diversity of the Guadalajara Mexican food. I want to take my mom out of her comfort zone and have her try the best goat birria in town. All of a sudden my stepdad is a fan of crispy tripe tacos and asking what the next adventure is going to be. These are the Mexican restaurants that I rely on to impress family and friends.

Travel is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things. Each of these Mexican restaurants is authentic. Some represent Guadalajara and the State of Jalisco while others are meticulously researched recipes from another moment in time. Some are humble, others haut but each restaurant deals in experience and not just food.

Mercado de Abastos

This is my favorite place to eat in Guadalajara. So much culinary culture flows through this particular market. It is immense and has a number of the best examples of regional Jalisciense dishes. Birrieria Aceves, Menuderia Chela and Carne Asadas Alfonso need to be on your list.

Menudo in Doña Chela, Mercado de Abastos, Guadalajara
Menudo in Doña Chela, Mercado de Abastos

Calle 4, Comercial Abastos, Guadalajara
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Birriería Chololo

One of Guadalajara’s most treasured restaurants. The original brick and mortar location is in Tlaquepaque and the Hacienda is just past the airport on the highway to Chapala. All goat meat, nothing modern. It is awesome to see those huge clay ovens still churning out my favorite local food. Here is a list of some other great birria restaurants.

Birriería Chololo, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco
Birriería Chololo, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco

Carretera Chapala Km 17, El Capulín
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Gamero Barbacoa de Borrego

This is Hidalgo style lamb wrapped in agave leaves and slow roasted in an underground oven. Not to be confused with Guadalajara style barbacoa tacos. Make sure to get a soup and an order of blood sausage. This place is legit but get there early because they have been running out around noon from time to time.

Gamero Tacos de Barbacoa Hidalgo style
Hidalgo Style Lamb Barbacoa and Blood Sausage

Av Rafael Sanzio 405, La Estancia, Zapopan
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Las Flautas

This a simple chain of restaurants serving flautas and soups. The crispy rolled tacos are great but the real specialty is the pozolillo soup. Everyone knows pozole but the Jalisco style green pozolillo is not as well known. Everything is absolutely delicious and super affordable.

Av Guadalupe 1571A, Chapalita Oriente, Zapopan
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La Morenita del Santuario

This classic cenaduria is located next to Santuario de Nuestra Señora church in downtown Guadalajara. This church is where they have been selling buñuelos for centuries. Besides the pozole, flautas and enchiladas, make sure to save room for dessert and order a buñuelo to see what old-time Guadalajara tastes like.

Pozole at La Morenita del Santuario, Guadalajara
Pozole at La Morenita del Santuario

Calle Pedro Loza 527B, Zona Centro, Guadalajara
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El Sacromonte

Sacromonte is all class. From the piano player, to the classic menu, to the wait staff that has been there for 25 years; the experience is refined. This is where I head for chile en nogada season but I also love the duck in rose petals sauce.

Piano Player in El Sacromonte, Guadalajara, Mexico
Piano Player in El Sacromonte

Calle Pedro Moreno 1398, Colonia Americana, Guadalajara
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Tikuun Comedor Local

This is kind of a hidden treasure. The young chef garnered national attention while finishing school and he is doing all he can to stay in the spotlight. Expect lots of regional moles paired with exotic proteins: quail, rabbit, pork belly and ribs. They also have a well curated wine list with hard to find Mexican labels.

Tikuun Comedor Local, Guadalajara, Mexico
Rabbit Flautas in Tamarindo Mole, Tikuun Comedor Local

Calle Emeterio Robles Gil 50, Colonia Americana, Guadalajara
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Trasfonda

Paco Ruano is my favorite local chef precisely because he opened this restaurant. Alcalde Restaurante is spectacular, recognized as one of Latin America’s best, but the techniques tend to be modern European. Trasfonda is a love letter written to Mexico by a hometown hero. Lots of specialty ingredients and recipes from across the country.

Trasfonda Ceviche
Trasfonda Ceviche Acapulco

Calle Miguel Lerdo de Tejada 2031, Lafayette, Guadalajara
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palReal

palReal has more than just Mexican food but there are a couple of dishes that you absolutely have to try. The lonche de pancita is famous in these parts and the encacahuatadas are divine. Plus they are the experts on Mexican coffee. You will try coffees from regions you didn’t know produce world class coffee.

Encacahuatadas and Lonche de Pancita at PalReal
Encacahuatadas and Lonche de Pancita at PalReal

Calle Lope de Vega 113, Arcos Vallarta, Guadalajara
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La Tequila Cocina Mexicana

May be considered a touristy restaurant but that shouldn’t affect your ability to enjoy this place. Besides the vast collection of rare tequilas, the menu includes exotic dishes from across the country. The tlayudas are excellent. On the weekends they sell lamb barbacoa out of a shack behind the restaurant that is top notch.

La Tequila Cocina Mexicana, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
La Tequila Cocina Mexicana

Av México 2830, Terranova, Guadalajara
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El Abajeño

Spending a Sunday in Tlaquepaque, dining at El Abajeño and listening to mariachi is uniquely Jaliscan experience. The outdoor patio is lush, the tequila flows and all is right in the world. The name Abajeño come from the people who inhabit the lowlands, as opposed to the highlands or Los Altos de Jalisco.

Lamb Barbacoa in El Abajeño, Tlaquepaque
Lamb Barbacoa in El Abajeño, Tlaquepaque

Calle Juárez 231, Centro, San Pedro Tlaquepaque
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Kamilos 333

You can choose Carne Garibaldi, De La Torre or Kamilos 333, they are all great. But make sure to head down to Calle Garibaldi in the Santa Teresita Neighborhood where these three carne en su jugo restaurants are all located on the same block. My personal favorite is Kamilos but you should decide for yourself.

Carne en Su Jugo, Kamilo's 333, Guadalajara, Jalisco
Carne en Su Jugo, Kamilo’s 333

Calle José Clemente Orozco 333, Santa Teresita, Guadalajara
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Let me know what your thought of my list of Mexican Restaurants in Guadalajara. If you think that I missed anything let me know in the comments below.

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