Querétaro has a vibrant arts and cultural scene, and they also have some incredible local dishes inspired by tradition and their unique climate. Tikua, a restaurant located right around the corner from Casa de la Marquesa Hotel (check out the review of this stunning colonial era mansion turned hotel here) perfectly embodies arts and culture while dishing up some uniquely flavorful mixed drinks and hearty specialty dishes. They invited us over for lunch while we were in town, and the food was delightful!
Tikua is unique because they future homemade fusion food in the city center, and they do it extremely well. Every ingredient is locally sourced and hand selected, and visitors needn’t worry about getting sick because they triple wash everything in purified water prior to cooking. It was so nice to be able to eat a big salad and fruits without worrying if they were clean enough, since visitors can get sick when things are washed in local water. We ordered mushroom and cactus quesadillas with a spicy mango and pineapple salsa, tortilla soup, and a mango, cactus and blood orange spritzer for a drink, and they were all so good! The cheese in the quesadilla was made in the restaurant and had a nice nutty, buttery consistency and was very stretchy and chewy. If I could have brought some of that cheese home with me I would have, because it was great!
The restaurant has a retractable roof so that when it isn’t raining diners can gaze outside or up at the stars at night, as well as indoor/outdoor seating, murals painted by local artists on the walls, local singers and musicians entertaining guests. They are big on supporting their community, and sold art from local artisans as well in the entry way. If you’re ever in Querétaro, be sure to check out this little hole in the wall restaurant for some out of this world flavor combinations.