Dining in Mexico

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Categories of Restaurant
  • Fondas
Also known as "inexpensive cuisine" they offer, for a reasonable price, a three course meal: a soup is usually served as a starter, a side dish (rice or pasta) and a stew follows. Dessert is complimentary.  They also sell regional typical dishes.
  • Taquerias
It is a place where the famous "tacos" and other snacks are sold.  In general they are open until late hours and, for a reasonable price, one can eat very well.
  • Fast Food Restaurants
Due to American influence, it is very easy to find hamburgers, pizzas and other fast food meals.
  • Typical Food Restaurants
These restaurants propose real Mexican cuisine which usually has a  very complex elaboration.  Their menus may propose specialties from all over the country or just from a specified region.
  • International Restaurants
There are also international restaurants, such as French, Italian, Japanese, etc.
Rules For Eating Out
A tip of 15% is suggested, unless the service was dreadful.

Price Indications

Economy Meal 50 - 100 MXN
Medium Price Meal 100 - 300 MXN
Good Quality Meal More than 300 MXN
Food Specialties
Recognized all over the world for its cultural wealth and its flavor blending,  Mexican cuisine varies as much as the ingredients that compose it.
Some typical dishes are:
-Guacamole: mashed avocados with tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers.
-Mole poblano: chicken and rice covered with a sauce prepared with a variety of  peppers and chocolate.
-Tamales: Corn flour with chicken or vegetables, cooked inside plantain or corn leaves.
Typical Mexican alcoholic drinks are tequila, mescal and pulque.
Mexicans usually accompany their  meals with a beer or a "flavored water", based on fruit juice concentrates.
Dietary Restrictions
There are no dietary restrictions in the country.
Table Manners
In Mexico the basis of all relationships is the respect and gratitude not only to their table companions but also to the restaurant personnel.  If you are invited to a home, thank your host and make compliments to the hostess for the meal served.

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