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Mariscos in Guadalajara: a daytime-only delicacy

For some reason, Tapatios have a superstition about eating seafood after 6 p.m. It is supposed to be “bad for you,” they have been told.

pg12aOf course, Parisians, New Yorkers and Bostonians devour raw oysters well into the night without consequences. Yet another quirk of living in Mexico.

Seafood (mariscos), though, is popular here during daylight hours. The formula for restaurants - with no exceptions to my knowledge - is that they have to be casual, with a nautical or beachfront vibe, festive and loud. It’s basically a two-hour seaside vacation, and then back to the office or home.

One place that does not break the mold, but rather fits it better than most, is Ponte Trucha Negro situated in the heart of Colonia Santa Tere. Serving the neighborhood and beyond for many years, PTN is spacious, airy, decorated with photos of old Guadalajara and ship’s knots, blue and white and stainless steel, capturing the nautical feel. It is clean, functional and organized.

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