The esteemed 'Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants' list for 2023 was recently unveiled in Rio de Janeiro, shining a spotlight on the gastronomic prowess of Mexico. Renowned for its culinary brilliance, the Latin Anerican country houses several of the finest restaurants in the region, commanding international recognition for their unique offerings that seamlessly blend local ingredients with global influences.
Monterrey: A Rising Star in the Culinary Universe
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, is rapidly gaining significance as a gastronomic destination in Mexico, with distinguished establishments like Koli, Cara de Vaca, and Pangea. The city boasts an expansive array of dining options, from traditional taquerias to opulent steakhouses, offering a culinary panorama that spans international, Mexican, seafood, steak, and Japanese cuisine.
Mexico City: A Gastronomic Epicenter
The capital, Mexico City, is home to several culinary gems, including Nicos, Sud 777, Pujol, Rosetta, and Quintonil, the latter being hailed as the city's finest. The city also hosts the Michelin Chef Meets Mexico 2023, a prestigious gastronomic event that brings together Michelin-star chefs and traditional cooks from Oaxaca, featuring prominent restaurants like Harry’s and Ilios.
Baja California and Quintana Roo: Confluence of Global Influences
Baja California, renowned for its global culinary influence and wines, is noted for Fauna, considered the best restaurant in Mexico. Quintana Roo is represented in the top 50 by Le Chique in Cancun and Arca in Tulum, blending the region's rich culinary diversity with international trends.
Guadalajara and Yucatan: An Emerging Gastronomic Hub
In Guadalajara, Jalisco, Alcalde makes its mark on the list, while Huniik in Merida, Yucatan, is a rising culinary promise. These recognitions further highlight the wide array of culinary proposals in the country, with other guides like Michelin and the World's 50 Best Restaurants also recognizing Mexico's gastronomic excellence. The next World's 50 Best Restaurants edition is slated for June 5, 2024.