Excellent vegetarian option in Guadalajara
Posted on 12 / 02 / 2012
My partner is vegetarian, and when we lived in the USA, vegetarian dining options were plentiful. Unfortunately, when we moved to Mexico, the options dropped to almost nothing. In the city we live on (Tepic), there is only one true vegetarian restaurant. Now that we've had a chance to visit Guadalajara, we were able to fond another true vegetarian option.
First, the concept of vegetarian in Mexico is very different from the true concept. Here, they think that if they offer a dish or two with vegetables, that is vegetarian. Never mind the asada, salchichas (sausages), and pollo that have touched the same plate preparation counter. Our trip to Zanahoria made is feel, if for just a moment, that we were back in the states at a high quality, service oriented vegetarian restaurant.
Zanahoria is a clean, nicely decorated restaurant with, friendly staff. We came at a late hour (5:00pm, they close at 7:00pm), so unfortunately quite a few of their special offerings has run out. Fortunately, the things that removed were still excellent.
My partner had the crepe with mushrooms and queso Chihuahua, and I had the flautas. Both of our meals came from the prix fixxe menu, so we also received a fruit salad with yogurt and granola (the green salad had run out), sopa de fideo (a vegetable soup with thin, spaghetti like noodles), a bread basket, a tapioca style custard, and agua de avena (oatmeal water tasted very much like horchata).
Everything was fresh and tasty. For me, there was too much food, but I wanted to enjoy the moment, so I took my time and ate everything.
The location of Zanahoria was kind of far from Centro HistÃ³rico, where we were staying, but Guadalajara is a big city. If you're taking a taxi, plan on a $50-$100 peso fare, depending on distance and traffic.
I highly recommend this restaurant and would love to see more reviews for this fantastic restaurant.
huge variety, friendly staff, prix fixxe menu
don't arrive too late, location far from Centro HistÃ³rico