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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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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Los Danzantes, Mexico City

Sometimes it seems that you can find any kind of food in Mexico City except Mexican. Los Danzantes, in the southern suburb of Coyoacán, takes care of...more

see the Mexico City guide
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Litoral, Mexico City

While lots of eateries in La Condesa strive to outdo one another with daring decor or flamboyantly overprepared dishes, Litoral's approach is refreshingly...more

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La Sirena Gorda, Zihuatanejo

A jolly fat mermaid (sirena gorda) watches over barefoot beer drinkers from paintings decorating the walls at this casual café—on Zihua's seaside...more

see the Acapulco + Zihuatanejo guide
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La Posadita, San Miguel de Allende

Terrace tables fill up quickly just before sunset at this rooftop restaurant, as the Parroquia's ornate spires seem to glow against the rose-tinted sky. Don't...more

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