Origen just might have the most beautiful dining room in Oaxaca. Pink couches, hanging lamps with fringe, and big windows flung open to let the sunshine in. (Don’t get us wrong, we love a good hole-in-the-wall, but sometimes it’s nice to eat somewhere beautiful.) Chef Rodolfo Castellanos' stunning dishes are as pretty as the food, adorned with colorful flowers and herbs. But it’s not all about looks – this was also one of our favorite meals in Oaxaca. The menu is more modern, clearly crafted more for tourists than locals, but the dishes are creative interpretations of traditional flavors. We especially loved the plantain dumpling, the duck enmoladas, and the plantain casserole with oxtail stew – like a sweet and salty Mexican lasagna. To drink, we had a mezcal sour with hoja santa, and a cocktail with grapefruit, Campari, and mezcal. We went for lunch, but this is one of the few places open for dinner, so keep that in mind when planning your trip!