Spanish in Mexico

Eating Out

Two people eating at a family restaurant

There are many types of places to eat ranging from five star restaurants to roadside stands. Most restaurants offer a varied menu and require patrons to pay in cash, although some accept credit cards.

For an inexpensive meal, a traveler is recommended to find a restaurant that has “comida corrida.” This kind of a restaurant generally has only one menu for the day which includes soup, a hearty entrée plus rice, beans and salad, juice or water, and pie, flan or fruit with cream. Many students prefer "comida corrida" because meals have a homemade flavor and are less costly than other restaurants.

Schools also have cafeterias where students can buy sandwiches and snacks. Most students at the university eat at the cafeteria when they don’t have time to go home for the main meal. Throughout the morning there are roadside stands that sell tacos, milkshakes, bread and coffee. On every street corner, from six p.m. until midnight or later, there are stands that sell tacos, hamburgers, and hotdogs. There are also small tables offering warm drinks with tamales, gelatin or other traditional meals like "pozole" (a kind of soup made with maize and beef or chicken) and sweet foods.

Snacks are very popular, especially with students. School and university cafeterias always have snacks, and there are snack stands on the street that usually sell ice cones, popsicles and crunchy fried flour snacks called "churritos duros." Snack stands are not recommended for tourists, since their sanitary conditions are more questionable.

International cuisines found in Mexico are predominantly Chinese, Italian and Japanese.