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$$$$ Valle de Guadalupe Mexican Fodor's Choice

One sign that the Valle de Guadalupe has its sights on Napa is this extraordinary restaurant set inside a cozy little house. Celebrity chef Jair Téllez's ambitious prix-fixe menus (there are four-course and seven-course versions) change frequently, but may include cucumber gazpacho, yellowtail tartare, and Swiss chard ravioli with ranch egg and beef juice, all served with excellent regional wines. After the main entrée, cleanse your palate with refreshing orange-carrot-mint sorbet and then sink your teeth into one of their savory desserts like mandarin ice cream with white chocolate and pineapple coulis. Don't be surprised if a bonus course suddenly appears at some point throughout your meal. If you aren't satisfied with the portions, simply ask for more at no extra charge. Polished woods and windows overlooking the valley make the dining room and outdoor plaza as sleek as the menu. A meal here is well worth the drive.

Mexican Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

Baja California Norte  22750, Mexico

646-155–2556

www.lajamexico.com

Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, Closed Sun.–Tues. and late Nov.–early Jan. No dinner Wed. Last orders taken at 8:30 pm Thurs.–Sat., Reservations essential,

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