Mazatlán Food and Culture
Mazatlán, Mexico is one of the premier locations for Mexican cuisine and culture. Known mostly for its wide variety of seafood and local fruits, Mazatlán has been one of the most popular Mexican tourist spots for years. However, recently tourists during the spring break period have begun to flock to Cancun or Cabo San Lucas. Mazatlán, nonetheless, has some of the best dining experiences, outdoor activities, and views in all of Mexico. Tourists can enjoy golfing, sport fishing, harbor cruising, and visiting historically significant colonial sites. Named after the Nahuatl word signifying “place of the deer”, Mazatlán was founded by Spanish and Indian settlers in the 1500s. Mazatlán is located on the Pacific Coast, approximately 16 miles from the Ocean and 275 miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta.
Many of the local Mazatlán restaurants feature authentic Mexican dishes including meat dishes and soups containing brains, tongue, and head. These delectable Mazatlán restaurants are known for their fresh fruits, vegetables, and savory sauces. Some authentic Mexican restaurants in the United States even seem to recreate the culinary essence of Mazatlán food. Dudley Nieto, a chef at San Gabriel Mexican Café in Bannockburn stated, “Whatever we need from Mexico, we can get in Chicago. It’s a blessing for Mexican restaurants.” He went on to say, “The seafood from Sinaloa is very exciting, and most of the produce, such as tomatoes and tomatillos, comes from Sinaloa.”