People in Oaxaca love food and they love to indulge. In general, the city’s restaurant scene is so busy that we assure you will find restaurants that offer delectable food of your choice. Here are some of the highly recommended Oaxaca restaurants:
Casa Oaxaca. If you want to splurge on a meal that you will not find in other eateries in the city, Casa Oaxaca is your best bet. Request for a rooftop table to maximize the experience. There, you can enjoy a five-course delicious menu for $32 per person. We suggest you try house specialties like corn mushroom soup, succulent sorbets, and fresh and juicy fish with tomato marmalade. Treat yourself with nice Spanish wines and other good local options. Address: Constitución 104A, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, 68000. Tel. (951) 516-8889 and (951) 516-8531.
Como Agua Pa’ Chocolate. This restaurant serves top-class food, with a romantic atmosphere. It has impressive dishes and a fascinating fusion of Mexican cuisine and Mediterranean ingredients. You have to try the champandongo, the quails in rose petal sauce, the king prawns that are flambéed in orange sauce, and the chiles en nogada. Address: Hidalgo 612 Altos, near the Alameda park and Cathedral. Tel: (951) 516-2917.
El Naranjo. One of the best Oaxaca restaurants, it is well-known for offering all seven moles once a week. Address: A block west of the Zocalo on Valerio Trujano 203. Tel. 514-1878.
La Biznaga. Have a wonderful dining experience in a covered courtyard filled with a nice set of arts as well as wireless web surfers. Try creative Oaxacan food at very reasonable prices. Address: 512 Garcia Vigil Av. Tel: (951) 516-1800.
La Toscana. This restaurant serves the best martinis in the city and tasty seafood with Italian flavor. We suggest you ride a taxi when going to this fine restaurant. Address: 5 de Mayo 614 Col Jalatlaco. Tel: 513-8742.
Marco Polo. If you are craving seafood meals, Marco Polo is the place to be. Here one of the most popular Oaxaca restaurants, indulge yourself with the ceviche as well the beer with chiles. Address: Pino Suarez 806, located next to the Paseo Juarez. Tel: 01 (951) 513-4308.
Oaxacan cuisine gives you amazing dining experience. It is an exotic mixture of aromas. Colors, and flavors you will not find in other places – the culinary delight enters by the nose and eyes. The city has numerous flavors that will satisfy even the most sophisticated and fussy taste, so one of the first things to do in this charming city is to find Oaxaca restaurants that will delight your demanding palate.
The Mole (from the Nahuatl word ‘Molli’, which means mixture) is a fine example. It is a rich sauce that is made with over 32 ingredients, including several varieties of seeds, chiles, spices, and chocolate. It is often served with chicken. Tamales are another local specialty. Made with special heed, it is frequently wrapped in banana leaves.
Oaxacan cuisine usually begins with some palatable appetizers that often include some of the city’s famed cheeses or quesillo. The nutty and soft cheese, made in the area, makes its way into a lot of dishes, even foods that are remotely Oaxacan or Mexican. The next time you eat your pizza in the city, you may not be having a mozzarella.
The coffee in the city has an excellent, world-class quality. Also, you should sample the Oaxacan chocolate. Mezcal, an antique local drink famous in the city, is considered by Oaxacans as a gift from their gods. Mezcal comes from the Nahuatl ‘Mexcalmetl’’, meaning ‘agave’. Today, maguey is the common word used in the city and the country to refer to this agave is maguey.
Oaxacan cuisine also features some nice local sweets. Jicuatote, a white jellylike dessert, is usually prepared with cloves, milk, cornmeal, and cinnamon. This specialty is cut into cubes or offered in tubs and often has a red top.