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A Guide to the Best Places to Eat in Puebla, Mexico

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To follow up his guide to Mexico City, Adam Goldberg of A Life Worth Eating now turns his attention to some of the best places to eat in Puebla, Mexico — both upscale and not so upscale.

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The Mercado Central de Cholula [Photo: ALWE/Flickr]

The state of Puebla is one of the great kitchens of Mexico. It offers a wealth of regional dishes not easily found elsewhere, and because of that, a visit here can easily challenge an outsider's preconceived notions of Mexican food.

While Mexico City propels the country's cuisine forward, Puebla is a glimpse into its culinary past. It's where mole Poblano, the dark brown sauce made from peppers, spices, fruits, nuts, and chocolate — Mexico's national dish — was invented nearly 400 years ago. Chiles en nogada, a beautiful seasonal dish of poblano pepper stuffed with pork and fruits and topped with a semi-sweet walnut sauce, was also developed here. Colorful pipiánes, savory moles made from ground squash seeds, simmer in cazuelas stirred by grandmothers throughout the state's markets. It's been this way for centuries.

While there are formidable traditions of fine dining here, most of the everyday Pueblan cuisine is prepared at home. So, short of being invited to a local quinceañera, the most exciting food can be found outside of the restaurants and inside the markets and on the street. Street-side griddles burn well into the night, sizzling Pueblan specialties like the chalupa, the round sheets of toasted masa topped with meat and red or green salsa. Or perhaps you'll go for the tlacoyo, its bean-stuffed, torpedo-shaped cousin. Cemitas, the deep-fried breaded pork sandwiches smothered in stringy quesillo and sweet-spicy chipotle, with a few leaves of soapy pápalo on top, are intoxicating. The list goes on and on, but here is a selection of nine of the best options I've discovered there, both high and low.

- Adam Goldberg

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. El Mural de los Poblanos

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16 de Septiembre 506
72810 Puebla, Mexico
01 222 242 0503
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2. El Mesón de la Sacristía

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Plazuela de Los Sapos
Puebla, Mexico
01 222 2324513
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3. Casona de la China Poblana

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4 Norte 2, Centro Histórico
72000 Puebla, Mexico
01 222 242 5621
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4. La Noria

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41 Poniente
Puebla, Mexico
01 222 237 7213
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5. Cemitas Las Poblanitas

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21 Oriente 2, El Carmen
72530 Puebla, Mexico

6. Cemitas Evelin

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3 Norte, 05, Centro Histórico
72000 Puebla, Mexico

7. Quecas de la 8 Norte

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8 Norte 1003, Xicotenco
72810 Puebla, Mexico

8. Cemitas Lupita Mercado

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9. Taquitos de Puebla

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Calle del Treinta de Mayo, 5
45140 Los Navalmorales, Spain

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1. El Mural de los Poblanos

16 de Septiembre 506, 72810 Puebla, Mexico
16 de Septiembre 506
72810 Puebla, Mexico

2. El Mesón de la Sacristía

Plazuela de Los Sapos, Puebla, Mexico
Plazuela de Los Sapos
Puebla, Mexico

3. Casona de la China Poblana

4 Norte 2, Centro Histórico, 72000 Puebla, Mexico
4 Norte 2, Centro Histórico
72000 Puebla, Mexico

4. La Noria

41 Poniente, Puebla, Mexico
41 Poniente
Puebla, Mexico

5. Cemitas Las Poblanitas

21 Oriente 2, El Carmen, 72530 Puebla, Mexico
21 Oriente 2, El Carmen
72530 Puebla, Mexico

6. Cemitas Evelin

3 Norte, 05, Centro Histórico, 72000 Puebla, Mexico
3 Norte, 05, Centro Histórico
72000 Puebla, Mexico

7. Quecas de la 8 Norte

8 Norte 1003, Xicotenco, 72810 Puebla, Mexico
8 Norte 1003, Xicotenco
72810 Puebla, Mexico

8. Cemitas Lupita Mercado

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9. Taquitos de Puebla

Calle del Treinta de Mayo, 5, 45140 Los Navalmorales, Spain
Calle del Treinta de Mayo, 5
45140 Los Navalmorales, Spain

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