Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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Ciudad Juarez Cuisine | What to Eat in Ciudad Juarez
The restaurants in Ciudad Juarez are a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon or conduct important business meetings. Fine dining restaurants, casual eateries, taverns, fast food places, and street food stalls can be found all over this city, and they all add something unique to the tastes, sights, and smells of the city.
As a result of its climate, history, agriculture, and many other factors, the traditional cuisine of Ciudad Juarez is very similar to what you might find in the state of Chihuahua. It is based on products like corn, chili peppers, and meat, and influenced by local indigenous groups, such as the Tepehuanes, the Conchos, the Raramuris, and the Tobosos. Important dishes of Juarense cuisine include, carne asada (grilled meat), flour tortillas, burritos, and of course, Sunday barbecues, but there’s lots more that you should try when you visit Ciudad Juarez.
This delicious Mexican dish is considered by many to be part of Tex-Mex culture, but it’s actually a traditional dish that originated in Ciudad Juarez. You can find it with a variety of fillings all wrapped in flour tortillas, which are only made in this region.
Dulce de Pinole
Pinole is a type of blue cornmeal or chia that is typically prepared as a drink or as flour used in delicious pancakes. Dulce de pinole is bread sweetened with sugar or piloncillo (brown sugar), often served with cinnamon and fruit or cocoa to give it distinct flavors.
This delicious dish from Chihuahua is prepared with a variety of fillings. In Ciudad Juarez, you’ll also find desserts in the form of cookies that are made with cinnamon or vanilla and cooked on a comal (a smooth, flat griddle).
The classic margarita is a drink that many say originated in Ciudad Juarez, which is why it’s considered the most traditional drink of the city. Legend has it that in 1942, a customer at a bar ordered a drink called a “Magnolia,” which is made with orange liquor called Cointreau, but the bartender didn’t know the recipe and prepared it with tequila instead, thus forever changing the history of cocktails. Margaritas come in a variety of flavors, including tamarind, peach, and chamoy (a type of savory sauce made from pickled fruit and spiced with powdered chili peppers).
Morcilla or Moronga
This delicious dish is commonly found on the menu at many restaurants in Ciudad Juarez. It is a spicy sausage made of pig’s blood that is served in tacos. It’s a delicacy that the people of Ciudad Juarez prepare in a unique way that you’ll love.
This is a unique drink made from wild agave that’s similar to tequila, but with a flavor that’s less sweet and stronger, requiring a five-year maturity. Rumor has it that Al Capone traveled to Ciudad Juarez to buy sotol during prohibition, when the sale of alcohol was banned in the United States. There are even some tours that will teach you about the process of making this drink in the sotolerias.
Tortas de cola de pavo
In Ciudad Juarez the tortas (sandwiches) or lonches (subs) are often prepared with turkey tail meat, cut from the rump and roasted or fried in butter until the meat is red. The turkey tail subs are filled with avocado, mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato. They’re a local tradition!
Fonda de Dona Chole
This small eatery in the Cuauhtemoc Market is a tradition in Ciudad Juarez. Delicious and affordable, it is recognized as one of the best dining options in the city. Don’t pass up the opportunity to eat at Fonda de Dona Chole! You’ll be following in the footsteps of politicians, artists, and connoisseurs of the best Juarense cuisine.
Los Arcos is a chain of seafood restaurants founded in 1977 in Mazatan, Sinaloa. It is renowned for its excellent regional cuisine, prepared with fresh fish and seafood of the highest quality. This restaurant is considered among the best in the city. Try the delicious frog’s legs, fried mojarras, or crispy fried fish skins. This restaurant has two rooms for hosting private events or important business meetings.
This colorful and picturesque restaurant serves the very best of Mexican cuisine. It has the feel of a small village with rustic colonial homes and lively Mexican decor that creates a festive atmosphere. Tall cast iron street lamps with yellow bulbs light up the place and colorful pinatas hang from the ceiling, adding to your dining experience.
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