There was food all around me, but I didn’t eat as much as I expected in Mexico City. I was looking forward to tamales, chilaquiles, pozole, tortas, tacos, mole, atole, and everything else the city had to offer in terms of food. There were so many traditional Mexican foods that I wanted to try, but there was no way I could try everything in one visit. Overall, I had some big hits and some minor misses. One thing that was consistent at every place that I visited in Mexico was the service. The hosts and waitstaff were all very attentive and genuinely appreciative of my business.
UberEATS seems to be a big business in Mexico City, and I noticed quite a few of the delivery drivers on their motorcycles. I had never used UberEATS in the States because it is not yet available in my city. Since I was sick and shut in a couple of nights because of the altitude and smog, I took advantage of it. The selections varied from fast food chains to local family restaurants, and the cuisine varied from sushi to traditional Mexican. I ordered a burger from Carl’s Jr. one night, and a hot dog from Easy Frank Barranca del Muerto another night. The only issue that I had with the food was that it wasn’t super hot, but that was to be expected.
Street food was abundant in Mexico City as well, and I would recommend checking out what the vendors have to offer. I had a few cold treats and breakfast pastries, and enjoyed them all. The only thing I observed with street food that appeared weird to me was a vendor selling mangos with mustard and weird seasonings. I heard of mangos and vinegar in Miami, and I could partially understand that concept. However, mangos and mustard was new to me, and I did not try it because my tastebuds probably would not have been able to comprehend it.
My favorite thing about Mexico City was the fresh juices. I often forget that fresh squeezed orange juice tastes nothing like what the sell in the stores nowadays. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some Simply Orange, but it doesn’t compare to the real thing. It was so pleasing to taste orange, mango, and papaya juice that actually tasted like it came from a fruit that was picked recently and squeezed just moments before being served to me.
The first meal I had in Mexico was at Don Asado. There are several locations across Mexico City, but I visited the location on Parroquia and it was quite busy for a Friday afternoon. The portion was gigantic. There actually were fries hidden underneath that gigantic piece of chicken. It was my first time trying the Uruguayan cuisine, and I enjoyed it. The table next to me had pizza, and it looked so delectable that I would probably order that if I ever visited again. Another table had a pitcher of sangria that also looked really tasty. Overall, the ambiance seemed to be a good place for friends to meet up and hang out after a long workweek. A family of older ladies were celebrating someone’s birthday.
Brunch at San Angel Inn came as a recommendation from someone who lived in CDMX, and I loved the ambiance of this restaurant more than any of the others. San Angel Inn is just a gorgeous place to have a meal. I visited on a Saturday morning when it first opened, so there was no one there besides me. There is supposed to be live music, but was too early to enjoy it. I got a table outside in the garden, and it was just beautiful. The weather was perfect, and the waiters were very attentive and offered great drink recommendations. The main meal I selected for brunch above had eggs, chorizo, cheese, avocado, corn tortilla, and mole. It was a decent meal, but I wouldn’t select it again.
These tacos were my favorite meal from Mexico City. The tacos are 15 pesos each, and there is a setup with a variety of add-ons that you can chose. I spent the rest of my trip thinking about how I could find some time to visit Super Tacos Chupacabras again because those tacos were so great. The location is under a bridge, and although it may sound super sketchy, it is not.
I met up with a sorority sister for dinner at Villa Maria Restaurante in Polanco. This came at the recommendation of someone she knew based on the drinks. I ordered this Pescado a La Talla estilo Barra Vieja. The fish was actually really good, but I didn’t care for the dryness of the rice. My soror ordered a combination plate with tacos, and didn’t seem to care for it. The drinks were huge, but not very strong. That wasn’t an issue for me because I’m not much of a drinker anyway. Out of all the of the places I visited, Villa Maria was probably the one that I wouldn’t visit again. It didn’t leave a strong impression on us.
Lalo seemed like a place I would expect to find in Austin, Texas. It just had… spunk, and seemed to be a great place to catch up with friends. I ordered something similar to the meal I had at San Angel Inn, along with orange juice.
I was looking forward to a sweet treat, and El Moro filled that craving. I ordered the mini consuelos with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream. The vanilla ice cream was my favorite because there was actual vanilla beans in it, and it tasted like actual vanilla ice cream.
Back in my neighborhood, I stopped at Mercado Santa Cruz Atoyac. Mexico City has an open market like these in every neighborhood. The menu here was handwritten, and I paid the equivalent of $2.50 USD for a large bowl of soup, salad, chicken with mole sauce, and an extra-large cup of fresh orange juice. The soup was creamy and delightful, and the chicken was an actual whole bone-in chicken breast with some of the fat still attached rather than that basic boneless chicken breast that looks like it came out of a previously frozen bag.One thing is for sure – I was never hungry while in Mexico City. Next time, I’ll be sure to try pozole.