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Cast aside your preconceptions when approaching Mexico's restaurant scene: It's far more exciting than your average taqueria. Chefs in Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, and Acapulco blend international, regional, and pre-Hispanic ingredients and techniques, creating an ever-evolving nouvelle Mexican cuisine. Check out Izote and Aguila y Sol in Mexico City and chef Thierry Blouet's Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta for innovative fare, and look for cafés around any city's main plaza or historic center for authentic Mexican regional dishes.

Indeed, there is no such thing as "Mexican food," given the variety of regional differences: In the Yucatán, seafood is baked in banana leaves; in Zihuatanejo, it's wrapped in corn tortillas to make fish tacos. In Acapulco, chefs use a sweetish cocktail sauce in their ceviches instead of the simple lime and cilantro marinade used elsewhere. Look for posole (a hominy stew) on the Pacific Coast and cochinita pibil (marinated pork) on the Caribbean. Be sure to sample at least one dish prepared with traditional mole, a concoction containing Mexican chocolate, cinnamon bark, nuts, seeds, several types of chiles, and often raisins. Most restaurants in tourist areas use purified water for food preparation. If you're wary, stick with fully cooked dishes.

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Los Milagros, San Miguel de Allende

When you're visiting Mexico, there comes a time when you must devour nachos and enchiladas and sip giant margaritas as mariachis sing "Guadalajara," all without...more

see the San Miguel de Allende guide
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Mariscos 8 Tostadas, Puerto Vallarta

Arrive for lunch by noon or you'll be waiting for a seat at Mariscos 8 Tostadas, a bare-bones dining room in Marina Vallarta where families, office workers, and...more

see the Puerto Vallarta guide
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Marisquería, Playa del Carmen

The sturdy señora behind the counter at the Hotel Básico's second-story puesto (food stall) knows her way around pescado (fish) and mariscos...more

see the Riviera Maya guide
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MeroToro

Gabriela Cámara, the star restaurateur behind Mexico's impossibly hip seafood shack Contramar, is tackling anew protein. Its name derived from the...more

see the Mexico City guide
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Mezzanine, Tulum

Tulum meets Ibiza at Mezzanine, a too-cool restaurant/bar/hotel overlooking white sand and azure sea. DJs spin lounge music while bikini-clad escapists sip...more

see the Riviera Maya guide
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Mocambo, Cancún

Cancún has surprisingly few beachfront restaurants outside the hotels. Mocambo, however, sits right above the sand. Although it's next to an unsightly...more

see the Cancún guide
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Mp Café Bistro, Mexico City

Buddhist convert Mónica Patiño is responsible for introducing the city to the dreaded concept of Asian fusion. But Patiño's interpretations...more

see the Mexico City guide
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Negro Sal, Playa del Carmen

Fashionable scenesters converge for late-night meals, cocktails, and thumping music at this restaurant and club. Even jaded sophisticates can't resist checking...more

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Nick-San, Los Cabos, Mexico

You'll be sorely tempted to lick every drop of cilantro sauce off your plate after savoring the rosy tuna sashimi at these high-style Japanese restaurants. The...more

see the Baja California guide
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Oko, San Miguel de Allende

Blood-orange walls, a well-stocked tequila bar, and a poster wall with Shepard Fairey artwork are all signs that this Asian-fusion noodle bar isn't your typical...more

see the San Miguel de Allende guide
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