Taco stand in Guanajuato.

Where to Eat in Querétaro

Although it claims a few local dishes as its own, Querétaro has never been known a food destination. That said, you can find some truly good eats here. Unlike most modern cities, Querétaro managed to hang on to a number of its old-fashioned cafeterias and fondas, which maintain a loyal clientele within the local crowd. You’ll also find plenty of cheap eats and tacos.

Quince fruit and quince ate. Photo © Luis Carlos Jimenez del Rio/123rf.

Guanajuato’s Famous Sweets

The state of Guanajuato has a serious sweet tooth. Dulces típicos (traditional sweets) are produced in various cities across the state and consumed by the populace with appetite and pleasure. In the city of Guanajuato, there are wonderful sweets stands in the market and numerous traditional sweets shops boasting enormous selections and unique regional candies.

Shot of tequila, sangrita, and lime. Photo © Konstantin Kalishko/123rf.

Regional Foods and Drinks of Mexico

With its varied terrain and diverse local traditions, it’s not surprising that Mexican food is highly regional. Certain states distinguish themselves for particular dishes and ingredients, while other treats such as aguas frescas and thick egg custard for dessert are widely enjoyed. Here’s an overview of Mexican cuisine from region to region, along with popular items from mezcal to nieves.

Nopales being prepped for cooking. Photo © Joep Van Der Werff/123rf.

San Miguel de Allende’s Highland Cuisine

Mexico’s color and creativity are reflected in its wonderful food. Though San Miguel de Allende and the surrounding region aren’t well known for their distinctive culinary traditions, there are several dishes and some unusual ingredients that are frequent features of regional cuisine.

Mmmm, chocolate. Photo © Cindy Eccles/123rf.

A Taste of History: Aztec Chocolatl

The refreshing drink chocolatl enjoyed by Aztec nobility is a remote but distinct relative of the chocolate consumed today by hundreds of millions of people. In Mexico, chocolate is more than mere dessert; used to spice the tangy moles of southern Mexico, it’s virtually a national food.

Cochinita Pibil is a traditional dish of slow-roasted pork. Photo © Alexander Mychko/123rf.

Traditional Food in the Yucatán

Like many regions of Mexico, the Yucatán Peninsula has a cuisine all its own. The base is recognizably Mexican, but the dishes here are strongly influenced by traditional Maya ingredients and techniques, with dashes of Caribbean and Middle Eastern flavors. Here are some popular menu items.

Colorful peppers for sale at a farmer's market in Chiapas, Mexico. Photo © John Cumbow/123rf.

An Introduction to Mexican Food

One of the world’s great cuisines, Mexican food is diverse, delicious, and profoundly omnivorous, both simple and sophisticated. Food is essential to Mexican culture, and eating well is something enjoyed throughout Mexico, at every price point and in every type of establishment—from food stalls, bakeries, and markets to cafés, cantinas, and restaurants.

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Where to Eat in Kahului, Maui

When it comes to deciding where to eat in Kahului, you won’t lack for choices. Cuisines range from Hawaiian local to Asian to European, and you’ll even find authentic Mexican on offer. Casual dining rules in Kahului, with at least one very satisfying fine dining establishment.

Casanova has all the makings of a romantic date night you might find in a big city in a town that doesn’t even have stoplights.

Where to Eat in Makawao, Maui

Even laid-back Makawao town has managed to get in on the recent explosion in food tours, with tasty and informative results. But on a tour or not, from American with a twist to traditional Hawaiian to authentic Italian and a good bit between, here’s where to eat in Makawao.

Locals will point you to Pa‘ia Fish Market, where lines stretch out the door for the popular ono and mahi burgers.

Where to Eat in Pa‘ia, Maui

Home to some of the best seafood on the island, a decent selection of cuisines and budgets, and an abundance of local color, where to eat in Pa‘ia is a challenge if you’ll be in town for only one meal. Aim for lunch and dinner to really enjoy the selection.