Mexico City bleg

Where should we eat?  I’ve been there at least ten times, so if you’re recommending anything other than food, it should either be very recent or very obscure.


What do you normally eat that isn't food?

Okay, maybe I don't really want to know ;)

Maybe he's taking up drinking?

Near Indios Verdes metro stop, there' s a place specialized in 19th-century recipies. Amazing mix of Spanish recipes with Mexican ingredients.

Pujol is one of the best restaurants I've been to in the world. Contramar is a lunch staple.

Absolutely positively concur about Pujol. Finest meal I've had, anywhere ever. I'm now an Enrique Olvera groupie.

During my last visit was at least one stand-out taco stand (among many terrible ones) in front of the Auditorio Nacional at rush hour that made fresh blue corn tortillas for tacos, made to order. It was staffed by about 4 people, and was superb. They were fairly easy to distinguish from the junk food. I hope they're there every day.

I agree with the recommendation of Pujol - lovely service, and a unique spin on haute Mexican cuisine. For street tacos I would recommend Don Gueros by the American Embassy. Mexico City is also known for its Argentine steak houses - Puerto Madero is excellent for such fare, and has a great ambiance - elegant, but not too formal.

Definitely Contramar, but if two of us have already recommended it you've surely been there before.

If you go to Teotihuacan, there's a woman on a dirt road nearby who roasts pollo carbon with nopales, tortillas, and her own salsa that's incredibly good too.

But she's only there on weekdays between 10AM and 2:30PM.

At other times there's another woman whose food is terrible, so be careful. (And sometimes they switch schedules).

You already know we have amazing Argentinian steak houses, but there are also great Japanese restaurants here, go to Suntory in Reforma and get the rib eye tacos and the robalo tepanyaki. For breakfast, the chilaquiles at El Ocho in Condesa are really good.

If you are in Mexico City, visit Coyoacan and eat at "Los Danzantes" (, Taqueria El Pastorcito (, Samborns it's always a good place for relation price-quality, almost any place in La Condesa, if you want any Gourmet place: Tezka ( & Biko (

get up in the morning walk downtown and have fried tamales

Two places that I have enjoyed for 40 years are Restaurante Seps (Alsatian cuisine) and Chalet Suizo (for the veal cordon bleu).

For good carnitas, El Bajío (particularly the original location in Azcapotzalco). On a fancier note, Suave Patria in Polanco. For an obscure non-eating recommendation: Museo del Objeto del Objeto ( in Colonia Roma: they have a cool collection of everyday objects.

So you already know about huitlacoche, yes? If I hadn't been running a fever, I might have noticed the name of the restaurant where I ate this. It was very good.

I mostly prefer the comida popular on the street.

If you're there in January, be sure to drink jugo de mandarinas. They're not available all year.

And if you're there for the 2nd of February, there are several tamale fairs. Some may be moved to the nearest Saturday. I like the one put on the the Museo de Culturas Populares in Coyoacan but there is a bigger one that changes locations year to year.

Most definitely get the "chamorro" at the "Bar El Seya" in the Colonia Doctores. (Dr. Balmis almost with Ave Cuauhtemoc), one more block and you would be in the Colonia Roma. It may be one of the most delicious meats I have ever eaten. Other dishes there are good too. It is a popular lunch destination among the old spanish emigrés dating from the spanish civil war. Better than most anything in Spain, that's for sure.

I do not endorse the recommendations of Contramar, Seps, or Chalet Suizo. Contramar has tasty seafood, but you can get just as good "seafood" (no modifier) in the US. Seps or Chalet Suizo (basically anything in the Condesa) are again, ok food but nothing deserving your time in a foreign city.
I also endorse Tezca, which is very good basque nouvelle cuisine, and while I haven't had El Bajío recommended by Alejandro, I hear good things.

Don't eat in Sanborns, good god.

mostly prefer the comida popular on the street?? Long time ago some gringo loco invented a tortillas making machine . it failed.Why? because it is the sweat what give the flavor to the food. Beside the dirt on the hands , the smog and the saliva from people talking around . Not to mention the water from the tube used once and again , the rotten ingredients. So unless you were raised there you will end in a hospital. is an interesting blog about Mexico City. Definitely worth looking at. Much more about life in the city than about specific restaurant recommendations though, so a bit off topic.

Tyler Cowen is so well travelled and is obviously a gourmet.

When you're a tenured professor and don't have to operate in the real world you can do that

Try El Cardenal. Hands down the best restaurant in Mexico city. The appetizer they always bring you when you first sit down (cheese with salsa and avocado) alone is worth the visit.

I'd like to echo the suggestion of a woman on a dirt road. Not that I know her, it just sounds very Cowen.

Mexico has a good crop of craft beers, so find a restaurant that has some good ones (

I second El Cardenal, especially for breakfast. It's not new, but it's a classic, especially the conchas and chocolate in the morning. I also love Nicos in Azcapotzalco -- it's about a block from El Bajio -- and Merotoro in Condesa. Nicos is a family-run spot with fantastic traditional Mexican food; Merotoro is new-ish (it opened two years ago) and it's run by high-profile Baja California chef Jair Téllez.

Tuesdays, middayish, there is a tianguis behind Galerías Insurgentes. At this tianguis, there's a stall where they put pollo in mole verde on tlacoyos.

On Saturday mornings, at the Pennsylvania end of the tianguis that sets up along América, the quesadillas de flor de calabaza are the best I've had.

This latter tianguis is near to the centre of Coyoacán where the food is uniformly overpriced and not very good. (Exception: Tostadas Coyoacán, in the mercado.)

I would try a Taco Bell (several Mexico City locations) just so you can write a snobby post about how preposterous it is. I have loved TB for over 30 years!!! I had a girlfriend who worked at one in high school--she had me at meximelt!!

I can proudly say I have never eaten Taco Bell - the very smell of that "food" makes me want to puke

The "super taco" taco stand under the overpass just outside the Coyoacan metro stop. So, so good. Worth a special trip!

plus one. the guac at this stand is fantastic.

Take it easy and stick with VIPS!
Just jokes. I am taking notes for my next trip there. I love DF but don't liek waiting until 3 PM to eat lunch.

Casa de Toño (from street cart to six-restaurant chain in a couple of years) for ridiculously cheap, great pozole. Prepare to wait for a place not less than half an hour almost anytime in any of their locations. It is worth it.

hey, folks!

i lived in el d.f. for 3 years.

go to the top of "los dinamos" park and have wild mushroom soup and some big jugs of pulque!

very beautiful, cleanish air, great views, clean river, the smell of the oyameles...



I don't know if you are still in DF, but there's a restaurant in Polanco called El Bajio. Traditional Mexican food at an affordable price.

There are ample fine dining options (see any good food blog or travel guide); something tells me you are less interested in those than in more hole in the wall places. If so, then I recommend:
- La Bella Lula for very good Oaxacan food (i.e. wonderful tasajo and cecina, tlayudas, moles, etc). The original one is in Revolucion and Barranca del Muerto, across a famous torteria, La Castellana (used to be wonderful back in the 80s and 90s, not sure it's still good though).
- Casa Merlos for phenomenal traditional Poblano (i.e. Puebla-n) food. Very traditinoal and old school, i.e. the kind of food people in Puebla would it in the late 19th and early 20th century. Simply wonderful. Cash only back in the day (not sure about now). Exact address: Victoriano Cepeda 80, Mexico City, Mexico Tel 5277 4360

Coyoacan gives you several good options, just keep in mind that the Coyoacan subway station is actually a bit far from the Coyoacan plaza, which is where you want to go. La Polar has fantastic birria.

Piloncillo y Cascabel

Tried El Cantar de la Rana, or El Rincón de las Lechuzas yet? Love the tacos there. But happy to see many recommendations in this post so I'm bookmarking it for reference the next time I'm down in Chilangolandia.

ah, Rincón de la Lechuza (singular):
Can't find El Cantar online, a Facebook page is empty

Charco de las Ranas still exists I believe but I'd be happy to be corrected and is a half-step up from street food. I don't know anyone who has gotten sick there. For food safety I also like the kosher places. There is one in Polanco on the corner of Ejercito Nacional and ? It may be Pliny. Not lots of ambiance.

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