A Food Tour of Mexico City

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  1. I totally ate at El Huequito my first time in Mexico City. I just wandered in and ordered tacos, and was blown away. They are definitely the best pastor tacos I have had. Mine were warm though! I could never remember the name, but the location and the salsa bowl rang bells so I googled them and that’s the place. Good on ya. Thanks.

    1. Nice catch! They have similar salsa bowl things at El Tizoncito (and elsewhere I’d imagine), but the color scheme of the restaurant is unmistakable. Honestly even though the taco was cold, it was really great. I would definitely go back and give them another shake.

      1. It was the oliy salsa that really keyed me in, but once I saw the logo on google I knew that was the place.

        Mexico City is such an amazing city for food, the best food of my life has been eaten there (though I am strongly biased to Mexican food). A friend of mine took me to the Iztapalapa market, where he lives, and insisted on buying me any and all food that caught his eye, or my eye. I should have made a list of everything I ate that day because it was seriously out of control. Quesadillas, tacos dorados, tacos de oreja, paletas, chicharron con guacamole, lots of fruit, some coconut drink… it just never ended. He also introduced me to a birria restaurant that I still dream of.

          1. I will have to ask him, I certainly don’t remember. It was 4 years ago after a night full of whiskey and bad sleep, I am not even 100% on the part of the city it was in, I think not too far from Coyocan. I am not sure if it is somewhere he purposefully went or if it was somewhere he just thought looked good. But I will ask!

            I thought of another place you might consider trying. There is a place that is super famous for tacos de canasta in centro, Los Espesciales. I came across them because there was a huge line that had formed so I figured I had to try them. They are great and very cheap.

  2. Was also in the Mexico City area Labor Day weekend, the result of a quick weekend trip being turned into a 10 day thanks to Hurricane Harvey. I’m mainly a food traveler, so my MO was also to spend every day binge eating at well-respected street food and restaurant institutions throughout the city.

    The only overlap between our food trips was Tizoncito. Also had a flashpacker friend just get back from a similar trip focused on high end places, and his only overlap was dinner at Pujol. Just a small testament to how vast Mexico City is, and how endless the rabbit hole can get if you start trying to eat your way through the local food scene.

    1. TBH I am flabbergasted when people ask for recommendations in Mexico City. I stayed all over the city and there is good food to be had everywhere. If you are looking for the BEST of everything, first that is probably impossible to say just because of the density of restaurants and food stands in the city. And because you can spend 4 hours on the metro going from one end to the other.

  3. I think Suadero is cow stomach, not a mix of stuff, but I’m not a Spanish speaker. I was in Mexico City in May and did most of my taco eating around Roma and Condesa. I was surprised that my favorite Al Pastor tacos were at this place called Senor Taco in Condesa. I personally found them better than El Tizoncito up the road, with a better ratio of crisp and tender meat. This is also where I tried Suadero and loved it, it was reminiscent of good pork belly with some steak flavor. Honestly can’t say I had a bad taco anywhere though.

    1. > I think Suadero is cow stomach, not a mix of stuff

      Probably. She wasn’t sure. And google translate said it means snail, but 1.) I only know the word caracol for snail, and 2.) This definitely wasn’t snail.

      Edit: Yeah a google search for “what is suadero meat” says it’s meat from near the stomach. Fair enough.

      Edit 2: Well now she’s saying she had surtida, not suadero, so this is all just my fault. Surtida almost assuredly is a mix of stuff.

    1. I don’t know! I didn’t order any while I was there. Maybe someone else will see your question who knows, though.

    2. Yes they do.
      Us Mexicans hate those who ask you this, and you should too, it is a rip off with the excuse about “quesadilla” meaning tortilla and not cheese, which is NOT true (cheese = queso, and “illa” is a diminituve). So whenever someone who is not from the Capital asks for one, they try to charge you more, it is your decision to just leave and look for a place where they will charge you the same for a full quesadilla, or stay there and see how a beef stew quesadilla that is supposed to be at 20 MXN turns into a 30 -35 MXN just because they “add” the cheese that HAS to be already included.

  4. I think Huitlacoche is mushroom. Someone there described it to me as a fungus that grows on corn(?).

    It was one of the 2 things a vegetarian can eat in Mexico City.

    Edit: I was just making a small joke about Mexican City’s food being somewhat meat focused. Didn’t think that was so controversial.

    1. Huitlacoche is a fungus, although it is not a mushroom.

      >It was one of the 2 things a vegetarian can eat in Mexico City.

      This is absurd. There are lots of things a vegetarian can eat in Mexico, and especially in Mexico City. Every third restaurant in Condesa, Roma, and Polanco is vegetarian or vegan.

      1. That’s not my experience at all.. We’ve stayed in Zona Rosa and Roma Norte and it’s not super easy to find food without meat, let alone all vegetarian restaurants.

        Gatorta is an awesome food truck that we went to, but the only other vegetarian restaurants we found were very much catered towards tourists and priced as such. And there are just a lot more restaurants that have zero food options without meat.

        >Every third restaurant

        is definitely an overstatement.

        1. I dunno, man. I’m not vegetarian and didn’t specifically look up spots, but [google seems to want to disagree with you](https://www.google.com/search?q=vegetarian+restaurants+condesa+mexico+city&oq=vegetarian+restaurant+condesa+me&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0.4718j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8), and I can definitely say that most any menu I looked at had a vegetarian section on it.

          >Every third restaurant
          >is definitely an overstatement.

          Right, that was kind of the point. There are a lot of options, is the point here.

          1. Most of those aren’t vegetarian restaurants, they just have options. Condesca, Roma, and Polanco aren’t exactly the average Mexico City neighborhood. I imagine that area has the most wealthy, western immigrants by far.

            Like you said, I was obviously overstating when I said it was one of 2 things, I guess I just meant it’s a bit harder than I originally expected and harder than most of the US.

          2. > Most of those aren’t vegetarian restaurants, they just have options

            Right… So your initial point was “there are two dishes in all of Mexico City that are vegetarian” but now it’s there’s a lack of fully dedicated vegetarian restaurants? Way to move the goalpost.

            >Condesca, Roma, and Polanco aren’t exactly the average Mexico City neighborhood.

            But they are the neighborhoods that tourists, which you are, find themselves in, thus they are the most relevant here.

            Anyways, I didn’t start this post so you could hijack it to bitch about a thing that isn’t actually a problem, so I’m done here.

          3. >So your initial point was “there are two dishes in all of Mexico City that are vegetarian” but now it’s there’s a lack of fully dedicated vegetarian restaurants? Way to move the goalpost.

            haha I just said I was overstating that comment, but you’re obviously moving the goalposts from Mexico City to “these three rich neighborhoods” that you spent two days in.

            Also in your other response you say that it’s easy eating vegan mexican food in Chicago with eating vegan food in Mexico City. Those are very different things!

    2. Huitlacoche = corn smut.

      It’s really not that bad for vegetarians: you have nopales (cactus pads), calabaza and flor de calabaza (zucchini and squash blossoms), hongos/setas/champinones (mushrooms), habas (fava beans), huazontle (a broccoli-like weed), elote/esquites (corn), rajas (strips of chile peppers), etc. And that’s ignoring salads, raw fruit/veg, guacamole, the staples of potatoes and beans, and eggs and cheese if you’re not vegan.

      Admittedly you may have to ask if things are cooked in lard or stock to be on the safe side, but Mexican cuisine definitely has a lot more vegetable options than most people realize.

      1. >Mexican cuisine definitely has a lot more vegetable options than most people realize

        Eh I think American-Mexican food has a lot more veg options than Mexico City’s average restaurant, so I’d say it actually has *less* than most people think.

        There are no refried bean and cheese burritos in Mexico City, or places that just have nachos with cheese/onions/peppers or something.

        We got by with finding mushroom/cactus tacos on some menus, but a lot of restaurants and almost every food cart has zero options.

        edit: I should say, that I’m not complaining about the city at all. It’s just an interesting challenge in some places. Most restaurants in Iceland were pretty difficult too for instance and we just ate groceries the whole time there (no big deal).

        1. I promise you the cuisine itself is quite vegetarian friendly: all the things I mentioned above are veggie options that go past “here’s some beans and cheese on a tortilla,” and are things that I did eat recently in the Mexico City area.

          Now, average restaurant in Mexico City, I think that’s a fair, but different point. A big part of that is that because of the size/density of the city, a lot of restaurants, particularly street stands, tend to be hyper specialized with 1-2 dishes. You either get the feature dish or walk over to the next stall and get their feature.

          So maybe it’s fair to agree that going vegetarian in CDMX is going to take a bit more effort. You have to know the dishes to look for and plan ahead to find places that have them on the menu. But great vegetarian food definitely is there, and it is worth the effort to hunt it down, just in case you make it back to the city.

          1. Oh we found some delicious places for sure, I guess all I meant was the average restaurant/food stand had less options that I was used to or expected.

          2. Not really, I live in Mexico City and I’m a vegan and there’s plenty of vegetarian and even vegan options on traditional cuisine.

            But like the other commenter said many places to eat are very specialized, it’s not like you’re going to find vegetarian options on a typical tacos de suadero stand. In contrast something like a “american-mexican” restaurant focuses on a whole type of cuisine instead of a few dishes so it’s easier to find vegetarian options.

      2. I used to be vegan and Mexican restaurants were easy go-to’s in Chicago. Like you said just make sure beans aren’t cooked in lard, and after that you can order literally any traditional Mexican dish and replace the meat with some beans and/or cheese. Not to mention all the other vegetables you said. And on top of that, there are a ton of hip restaurants in DF that cater to vegetarians. This guy didn’t try very hard.

    1. I live in a suburb of Bangkok and there is no Mexican food near me at all. Even the Mexican food in Bangkok is pretty sad. It’s very painful for me. I can’t complain about all the delicious Thai food, but I really miss Mexican food.

  5. I will also be taking advantage of cheap airfare just before Day of the Dead. Found a ticket from Los Angeles down to MXC for around $250 and I’ve been game planning so many restaurants, markets, and stalls I want to visit. I’ve been wanting to go to MXC for so many years so glad I found a really good price.

    Thanks for the album. Sounds like you enjoyed the trip!

  6. Man there’s this one little tamale that lace in Coyoacán that I found that specialized in sweet and savory gourmet tamales. I wish I remembered the name, I do remember one of the tamales I had there was blackberry, very different but still great

  7. Hey! Did you think that 4 days was enough in Mexico City? What part of the city did you stay in?

    Also any comments on the nightlife there or any other aspect of it?

    Awesome food review! I loved it

    1. Yes four days is a good amount of time. I stayed in Condesa. Nightlife is good in Condesa, Roma, and Juarez for sure.

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