I ate my way around Veracruz during my week or so there. Given its location and various regions with unique climate, there is some great street food here. These are the ones I think are worth seeking out.
Seven things to eat and drink in Veracruz
Veracruz’s fertile land is where some of the country’s best coffee is grown. Coatepec, a Pueblo Mágico known for its coffee, is worth a visit (they have a coffee museum that explains a lot about the golden grain).
Down in the port of Veracruz, you can’t leave without trying a lechero at one of three well-known, old-school establishments (La Parroquia, Gran Cafe de La Parroquia, Gran Cafe del Portal), where bow-tied waiters will pour your cafe au lait with style.
Flaky pastries stuffed with really good stuff (pineapple/ham; beans/chorizo; rajas; and a bunch more), you’ll find them on just about every corner in the city of Veracruz; undoubtedly the most common street food here. Look for the vendors with a basket, pay your 12 or 13 pesos, and enjoy your filling volován.
Vuelve a la Vida
If you are in the port city of Veracruz, this savory seafood cocktail is one that shouldn’t be missed! Shrimp, octopus, crab, oysters, and sea snail swimming in avocado, onion, cilantro, ketchup, and a little olive oil.
It’s known to be a great cure for hangovers (vuelve a la vida means return to life), but I know it as a damn good lunch.
For an absolutely stellar (huge, cheap, and delicious) one, head to Tampico Mariscos, a really popular, busy, and entertaining stand at Mercado Hidalgo. $80 pesos with large shrimp, $50 with small shrimp, and you can get it with the usual five primary ingredients or ask for it however you want. Eat it there or get it to go.
Tamales de elote
Good lord, these were good. Specifically the ones at La Güera, a little street stand on the southern corner of Independencia and Lerdo de Tejada. Tamales in Veracruz are widely-known to be some of the best in Mexico. They come wrapped in banana leaves, as opposed to corn husks, and the masa tends to be slightly sweet, which leads to a delicious experience when they have salty fillings.
A sweet local liquor best enjoyed on a hot day (of which there are plenty in Veracruz).
My favorite were the peanut and coffee varieties, but you can get them in a wide array of fruit flavors. They are more widely available in the southern end of the state, but Toritos La Chata in Boca del Rio (the nicest part of the Veracruz metro area) has been making them since 1938. And they are damn good. Try them for $25 per cup, and take a bottle or two of your favorite flavor for $100.
With hot weather dominating Veracruz for much of the year, ice cream & sorbet is a thing of local pride here, especially refreshing fruit-based ones. There are competing companies literally right next to each other at and , near el zocalo. You won’t miss them as their color scheme and approach are identical, with blue and green motifs and employees yelling “Güero, güero” or “güera, güera” at passerby to get their interest.
Tacos de pibil at Tacos David
Tacos David does one thing and they do it extremely well – tacos de pibil in broth. Some of the best tacos I’ve ever had, for sure.
Tacos David is on the corner of Esteban Morales and Valentín Gómez Farías. Gotta get there early, as they start in the morning and go until 3 pm or so…depending on when they run out!
The street food in Veracruz was some of my favorite on the trip so far, as the fresh seafood and unique tacos were fantastic.