Mexican food is popularly known for its flavor and garnishing style. Beans, one of the best sources of protein, and corn are the staples of Mexican cuisine. Gorditas, tamales are some of the famous corn-based food. Oregano, epazote, cinnamon, chipotle are some of the most important herbs used in Mexican food in restaurants in Ames. There are six regions in Mexico which differ in their cuisine from each other . Chicken-based dishes and spicy vegetables are famous in Southern Mexico, whereas, Northern Mexico is popular for meat dishes prepared from ostrich and beef. Mexican restaurants are popular haunts with people of Ames. Beer also forms an important part of Mexican cuisine. Some of the common brands of beer are Dos Equis, Corona. Mexican cuisine also includes some of the mouth watering sauces such as Salsa. Most Mexican Restaurants in Ames are traditionally decorated to lend a Mexican ambience to the visitors.