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Mexico restaurants

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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Taqueria el Ahorcado, San José del Cabo

Peso pinchers and starving night owls converge upon The Hangman for tacos, quesadillas, and enchiladas stuffed with carnitas (marinated pork), flor de calabaza...more

see the Baja California guide
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Thai, Cancún

Walking through the tourist-filled La Isla Shopping Village inspires doubt: Could there really be a sophisticated restaurant here, among the cheesy souvenir...more

see the Cancún guide
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Trio, Puerto Vallarta

The Aztecs considered chocolate to be an aphrodisiac, and if the sensory intensity of Trio's molten chocolate cake is any indication, this dish may just prove...more

see the Puerto Vallarta guide
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Vista Grill, Puerto Vallarta

Even the most jaded Vallarta locals propose to their lovers and celebrate anniversaries at Vista Grill, an old-school restaurant on a hill high above downtown...more

see the Puerto Vallarta guide
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The Wynston, San Miguel, Cozumel

Penthouse dining and bow-tie-wearing waiters aren't usually Cozumel's style (you certainly won't see diners in jackets and gowns), but this ballroomlike...more

see the Cozumel guide
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Yaxche, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Yucatecan cuisine prepared from la abuela's recipes and using the finest ingredients has made this family restaurant so famous, it now claims a hip corner on...more

see the Riviera Maya guide
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