San Miguel's traditional cuisine derives from a blend of indigenous and European flavors, and incorporates ingredients from throughout the Mexican plateau, including the states of Queretaro, Jalisco, Michoacan and San Luis Potosi. Besides traditional foods, in San Miguel you can also enjoy international and gourmet cuisine.
Some foods to try on your visit include enchiladas mineras, pacholas, and fiambre. Enchiladas mineras (miner's enchiladas) is a dish which is hearty enough to satisfy a miner's large appetite. These are fried tortillas filled with cheese or chicken, bathed in a sauce made from guajillo chile, and topped with lettuce and fried carrots and potatoes. Pacholas are deep fried ground beef patties. Fiambre is made with different meats (beef, chicken and pork), and fruit and vegetables served on a bed of lettuce and topped with vinaigrette.
Among the traditional drinks of Guanajuato state, you'll find agua de betabel (beet flavored water), and two different fermented drinks: colonche, which is made with prickly pear, and cebadina, a concoction of barley water, tamarind and jamaica (hibiscus) with baking soda added when it's served to make it fizzy. Cebadina is reputed to be a great hangover remedy.
For dessert, try tumbagones, a tube-shaped pastry made with green tomatoes and dusted with powdered sugar. Two types of traditional candies you should look out for are cajeta de Celaya, a caramel made with goat's milk, and fresas cristalizadas (crystallized strawberries).
For traditional dining, head to the Mercado Ignacio Ramirez, where you will encounter a feast of fragrances and colors. In the section of the market devoted to food stalls, you're sure to satisfy your appetite for comida guanajuatense (food of the state of Guanajuato). For a special dinner, try Andanza, the elegant restaurant of Casa Sierra Nevada hotel, or La Posadita, a romantic restaurant with a fabulous view. Get there in time to enjoy the sunset while you sample the flavors of San Miguel de Allende.