How it works:
- Situation: most food places are fine, it’s generally just a few bad eggs around touristy areas that spoil it for the rest.
- Restaurant tricks: adding unordered items to the bill, serving unordered dishes, rigged calculator, additional hidden fees, unfavourable exchange rates, claiming price on menu is in USD and not Mexican peso.
- Beach-front bar tricks: not returning the refundable deposit to use the facilities.
- Bars, nightclubs: tout tells you one price, but final price turns out to be different thanks to hidden fees and taxes and bar claiming not to know the tout.
- Mariachi performances: touts outside restaurants claim that there is no cover charge to enter a restaurant with a mariachi performance, but you will be charged for it at the end.
Places to beware:
- Please refer to the location tags above
What to do:
- Choose: reputable places (use food review apps like Zomato) and avoid those promoted by touts.
- Check: menu (prices, fine print), itemized bill, and do not eat what was not ordered.
Reputable food tour operators: a reputable operator will ensure that you get to sample the best and the most unique cuisines which Mexico has to offer while immersing in the local culture. Some reputable local names to consider include Eating with Carmen Food Tours (known for its genuine approach to real Mexcian cuisine).
Alternative: GetYourGuide (leading day tours platform globally) has a couple of food tours.