Guadalajara - Post Report Question and Answers

What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

Varied dining scene with tasty food. I've gotten sick multiple times, but I think I'm finally getting used to it. - Aug 2023

The tacos are amazing, plentiful and cheap. Lots of food delivery services like Uber Eats or Rappi are cheap. Many American fast food brands are here (McDonalds, Burger King, Popeyes, Little Caesers, Pizza Hut, Dominoes, etc.) - Jan 2023

Everything is here. The food here is sooooo good. They have fast food, taco trucks, fancy experimental stuff. It is all good. - Aug 2018

Pretty much anything you can think of is available in GDL. A lot of restaurants also deliver. There are a lot of beautiful high-end restaurants with great food at low prices. At a nice restaurant, you can spend $15 for a dinner and drinks, when in DC you'd be looking at $50+. Meanwhile...street tacos are cheap, plentiful, and amazing. And tortas ahogadas shouldn't be missed! - Feb 2017

Why would you want fast food in Guadalajara??? The food here is AMAZING. Tacos are everywhere, roadside stands (totally safe), restaurants, etc. Look for the places that are busy where the locals go.. that's the cleanest. I have NEVER gotten sick from the food here, ever. There are incredible food options all over GDL.. From carts to 5 star Michelin rated, just about everything is available. Tip: AVOID TOURIST TRAP RESTAURANTS!!! The huge places in Tlaquepaque, Karne Garibaldi, etc.. cute but the food is not great and in GDL, you can have GREAT on the cheap. Now, if you insist on American fast food... you're in luck.. we've got it and almost EVERYONE delivers.. seriously. McDonald's, Burger King, Krispy Kreme, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Subway, PF Changs, a BILLION options for hot wings (what's with the obsession with wings here?!?), pizza, hot dogs, sausage, etc. etc. About the only thing I haven't seen here is Thai. - Feb 2015

Pretty much any food chain you can think of in the U.S. is here too. IHOP, KFC, McDonalds, Carl's Jr, PF Chang's, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Krispie Kreme, Starbucks... you name it, it's here. Most prices are comparable to those in the U.S., but there are some surprises. (Outback, for instance, is way more expensive here). There are also lots of great local restaurants. Your palate wont suffer in Guadalajara, though good Asian good can be hard to come by. - Jan 2015

We mostly eat street food which is delicious and inexpensive. There are plenty of U.S. fast food chains here if that's your thing and lots of restaurants. It's very easy to eat here. - Oct 2014

Everything you have in the U.S., everywhere. - May 2014

Anything you can find in Southern California is here: Costco, Applebees, Chilis, Outback, Walmart, Sam's Club, Starbucks, etc, but I would recommend a taco stand or one of the hundreds of amazing local restaurants. The food is fantastic, most restaurants have open-air seating because the weather is perfect and everything is so much cheaper that you can eat out more often! - Apr 2014

Almost all American chains are represented here and at about the same cost or slightly cheaper than in the US, depending on the fluctuating exchange rate. - Jun 2013

Just about everything is available at any price. - Jan 2012

McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Applebees, Outback Steakhouse, PF Changs, Carl's, and other American chains are here. The chains cost a little more than the Mexican restaurants. Also, the Chinese restaurant near our house costs more than buying Chinese in the U.S. There are tons of sushi places. The tacos are amazing. - Jan 2011

Restaurants are fairly cheap. Very good taco stands charge about 65 cents per taco. The average good restaurant costs about $12-$15 including drinks. And the best restaurants cost about $50 per person, all inclusive. - Jun 2010

Many American chains: Applebees, Outback, Hooters, Chiles, McDonald's, Burger King, KFC. As for something nicer: Ma Come No is great for Italian, Santo Coyote is a nice romantic Mexican place, and I Latina is a great fusion place. But beware, there are lots of restaurants that have a great atmosphere, but only so-so food. - Feb 2008

There are basically all American fast foods here (McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Subway, etc). Other U.S. restaurants like Chilis, Hooters, Applebees and Outback are here as well. - Jan 2008

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