03232019Sat
Last updateFri, 22 Mar 2019 1pm

Mexico City’s Quintonil & the folly of the foodie age

During the planning stages for my first journey to one of the world’s most daunting urban wildernesses, my traveling companion and I decided that a lunch at Quintonil, regarded almost universally as one of Mexico City’s best restaurants,  just hours before our return flight back to Guadalajara would be a fitting way to end the trip, a gilded cherry atop our otherwise (fairly) fiscally cautious five-day blitz into the beating heart of Mexico.


Jitomate Gourmet: Italian rich with Italian flair

Jitomate Gourmet – a unique, compact gourmet sala, modestly but deftly decorated for gourmet presentations – is known for its bada-bing Italian pizzas, reputed to be the best pizzas around (a cliché these days – but not at lakeside), chiefly because their standards are authentic and they offer variations you may not have encountered before.

El Ancla Restaurant, Bar and Grill – West with the day or night

Ajijic restaurant patrons: here’s an ALERT: if you often choose your dining spots on the basis of location, especially those of you who believe all the best restaurants are on the east end or in the center of town, you owe it to yourself and your Ajijic dining credentials to pay a visit to El Ancla (The Anchor) Restaurant Bar and Grill.

Alcalde’s second, more casual act refines homey classics

If you want to taste a fine-dining chef’s homage to his country’s folk cuisine, look no further than Guadalajara’s Trasfonda, brought to the eating public by the creators of Restaurante Alcalde (see review in Reporter, December 23, 2017 ), recently named 36th best restaurant in Latin America.  

Restaurant Alcalde tasting menu pops with surprise

The jewel piercing the otherwise linty outie bellybutton of Mayor Enrique Alfaro’s recently-christened “gastronomic corridor” (a collection of restaurants dotting Avenida Mexico between the perpetually congested Lopez Mateo and Golfo de Cortes glorietas) is Restaurante Alcalde, if its placement at number 36 on San Pellegrino’s list of Latin America’s 50 best restaurants is any indication.