El Asador Vasco — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca
Basque Restaurant, Wine • $$$-$$$$ • (F)
Basque-style grilled meats the house specialty, the seafood as good as any in the city, a nice wine list, live mariachi music, dining on the second-story balcony with views of the Zócalo, the interior stone archways giving the place an old-world ambiance, El Asador Vasco has by far the finest dining on the plaza. Look for the entrance beneath the portales in the Bar del Jardín. And be sure to arrive early to secure a table on the balcony with views of the plaza, or call ahead for a reservation.
- West side of the Zócalo; Around the Zócalo, Centro Histórico; Daily 1 p.m. to midnight; MX$100 -250; Most major credit cards; phone 951-514-4755; www.asadorvasco.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Reservations recommended during high season.