Guachinche Pop-Up Eateries
Serving home cooking and good wine, some locals open temporary restaurants in their homes
A wine country tradition
Guachinches are a well-known local phenomenon: improvised eateries set up on the ground floors of some people's homes. They're especially common in wine production areas, as local producers would traditionally offer seasonal wine tastings accompanied by a bit to eat. The tradition grew to year round, and more elaborate menus, including typical local dishes such as ropa vieja (shredded beef in a tomatoey sauce), carne fiesta (pork chunks seasoned and fried), and papas arrugadas ("wrinkled potatoes"). And wine, of course! The best areas to find guachinches are Fuencaliente and Hoyo de Mazo - though you may need to ask locals for help, because these places open and close all the time.