Mexico is renowned for its delicious and diverse cuisine. Many travelers visit the country just to experience the amazing array of flavors from north to south, east to west. In southwestern Mexico, in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range, the state of Oaxaca has developed a reputation for being one of Mexico’s culinary capitals.
The food in Oaxaca varies from traditional Aztec and Mayan dishes to Spanish-influenced recipes, all of which come together using staple ingredients like corn, squash, beans, tomatoes, avocados, and chiles, in addition to various meats. Oaxaca is particularly known for its regional specialties, such as a variety of mole sauces, tamales, barbacoa (barbecue), and tlayudas (grilled flatbread). There are also a number of beverages to try, such as tejate (a cold maize drink flavored with cocoa) and pulque (an alcoholic beverage made from fermented agave sap).
Where better to start a food tour of Oaxaca state than in Oaxaca city? You’d be hard-pressed to find many bad Oaxaca restaurants, but these four Oaxaca restaurants are worth seeking out.