Since opening in January 2017, Teocintle has become TripAdvisor’s number-one-rated restaurant in Ajijic.
Chef Gloria Rodríguez Villaseñor’s menu includes Mexican dishes from across the country, such as Oaxaca, Veracrúz or Tlaxcala. The plates are mostly traditional examples that use the common ingredients found in each region. But Gloria is also sure to include unique interpretations on the menu of otherwise standard regional comida típica.
The menu changes every three to four months to keep things interesting and take advantage of seasonal ingredients.
Gloria and her partner, fellow owner Ricardo Robledo Ramos, starting dating while the two were working at Alex’s Pasta Bar in Ajijic. Now together at their own restaurant, Ricardo manages the front of the house while Gloria cooks and orchestrates the kitchen each afternoon and evening. Both were raised in Ajijic.
In the past, the restaurant has had a split shift, shutting down for a siesta mid-afternoon. These days, they are open from 2:30-9:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday.
Reservations are highly recommended and necessary on the restaurant’s busiest days, especially for dinner during the high season (December-March).
The restaurant gets its name from the ancient native ancestor of corn, teocintle. Corn has been one of, if not the single most, important source of food and nutrition in Mexico for thousands of years. All corn varieties in the world today are derived from ancient maiz found in Mesoamerica.
Last updated December 20, 2019
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