In the second half of the 18th century when Mexican towns were being established, fondas were created. Mexican settlers (much like those in the United States) had left their homes in search of land and opportunity. They too had to clear unsettled land and sacrificed all the comforts of home. These people wanted home-cooked meals in a home-like environment. From this came the Mexican fonda. A place where people could get typical dishes of the region prepared using family recipes.