Not many of Mexico's many enchanting towns offer something to be savored on every spot. Make the most of Valle's uniqueness in this matter. Its streets, plazas, markets and restaurants boast a great variety of dishes just waiting to be served at your table – or directly into your hand – all prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Here, satisfying your appetite with a delicious traditional delicacy is part of the daily routine.
The main plaza in Valle gets packed on weekends with food stands offering the popular esquites (corn chops prepared with lemon, chilli powder, cheese and mayonnaise), tacos, pambazos (a Mexican dish made of bread stuffed with potato and chorizo, and smothered in chilli sauce), tamales, fruit atole (a hot corn-based drink) and wood-baked bread. On summer days, nothing is more refreshing than a hand-made ice cream, blackberry being the most popular flavor here. Fruit drinks prepared with regional fruits such as lime, guava and mango are popular, healthy and inexpensive.
At the local food market, why not try more some elaborate dishes at reasonable prices? You'll be able to choose from traditional rainbow trout (oven-baked, grilled or steamed), shredded mutton and soup, fried pork meat, turkey in mole sauce (a complex sauce made of chocolate, almonds and dried chilli). The surrounding valley is also known for producing a great harvest of organic artichokes, which can be bought cheaply on the market’s walkways.
Local fruits – the most popular flavors being quince, blackberry and guava – are transformed into delicious pastes traditionally accompanied by cheese, and also, as the more daring will attest, into artisan liquors. If you prefer a nice, quiet table to enjoy a meal, Valle offers a host of restaurants where renowned chefs share their creations: rest assured you'll enjoy exquisite locally-inspired as well as international recipes. Valle has culinary options for all tastes: there is no excuse for going hungry here!