You can eat well here on any type of budget.
Tonalá 133, Roma
Chef Eddie Garcia and his wife Gabriela aim to please with classic, French dishes done with traditional, Mexican preparations. The results put Maximo Bistrot in a class by itself. I always eat at Maximo Bistrot when I’m Mexico City and I'm never disappointed. It's one of my favorite restaurants. If you only have one night in the city, this is the place to come. The menu changes daily. Sit outside for some interesting people watching. As far as I’m concerned, everything goes with Natal, a Valle de Guadalupe favorite; it’s now my # 1 Mexican, white wine. Always order dessert; we'd say it's the best part of the meal but then again, we love every course that Maximo Bistrot creates.
Diego Rivera # 50, Álvaro Obregón, San Ángel, 01060
The last time I ate at San Angel Inn was 30 years ago. This hacienda was converted into a Carmelite monastery and later into a hotel and finally a restaurant. It's still, after all these years, one of the most beautiful places to eat in Mexico City. The food is really good but the margaritas are spectacular—in fact, I think they are still one of the best things on the menu. It comes in a sterling silver pitcher, in its own sterling silver ice bucket. I was so appreciative when they gave me one for celebrating my 30 year anniversary, I forgot to photograph it and I didn't want to order a second one because I had to find my way back to Roma. In fact, both their martinis and margaritas are legendary.
La Docena (The Dozen) is an oyster bar and grill, from Chef Tomás Bermúdez of Guadalajara, serving grilled seafood, po'boys, shellfish, Spanish ham and Angus-beef burgers, drawing a lot of locals and celebrities. This is my new favorite, casual restaurant in Mexico City; you'll swear you're in New Orleans. I sat at the outside bar and watched one of the chefs shucking oysters all afternoon. He had it down to a science. Everyone around me raved about this restaurant. I loved the crowd, the service, the atmosphere, the food and the energy.
What's not to love about Lalo's! ? I ordered a Torta of Lechon - suckling pig - with cilantro, onion, jalapeños, avocado, and beans with Salsa Tatemada. Charring the chilies, onion, and tomatoes in this salsa added a slightly, smoky flavor. The Lechon was sensational; the only other place I've had Lechon this good was at Maximo Bistrot, Chef Eddie Garcia's other restaurant along with Harve 77.
Colima # 183, Roma
I can't tell you how good it is to get great Asian food again and I was surprised at the prices. Everything on the menu was between $85 - $260 pesos. I watched food being carried to tables and it all looked great. Chef Josefina Santacruz, who came over to tell me to be sure to enjoy the short rib with the Thai sauce after noticing the waiter forgot to give me a bowl, makes fantastic Asian street food at Sesame: Vietnamese, Thai, Indian and Chinese. One of my favorite places to go for Asian food. In fact, we’re such a fan, we’re going to her other restaurant, Paprika, next week.
Colima #166, Roma
This is Chef Elena Reygadas's restaurant, where I've eaten numerous times. It's also one of my favorite restaurants in Mexico City. Today, I stopped for a Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc blend and a Panna cotta with lemon ice cream, nanches, and izote.
Calle Pennsylvania # 205, Nápoles
Av Nuevo León 107, Condesa
Parian Condesa, one of the city's indoor food markets, offers fresh fish, organic produce, grilled meats and dishes from its 10 stalls and the famous Oaxacan restaurant, Pasillo de Humo. We were impressed by the quality and presentation of the food at this market. This Tortilla soup was from stall #7: Maiz. Perfectly seasoned, we also loved the attractive presentation of locally produced ingredients: Oaxaca cheese, crema, tortilla matchsticks, broth, avocado slices, chipotle peppers and Chicharrón. It's the first time we've had Oaxaca cheese added to a tortilla soup and loved what it did to the flavor and texture. The soup was followed by Chamorro, a roasted pork leg, which happens to be one of our favorite things to eat. This was attractively served with guacamole, a bed of black beans, a topping of pico de gallo and a smear of pasilla chili pepper sauce. This was one of the best meals we've had…and certainly the most attractive.
We went back one more time to try a fried, pork belly egg roll which was also delicious.
Av. Tamaulipas # 95, Condesa
Chef Luis Alfonso Chui studied gastronomy in his hometown of Shanghai and it shows. Not only was the restaurant filled with all Chinese people but the menu was loaded with so many dishes I wanted to try. I selected a dish: Sichuan beef with bell peppers and Chile de arbol. When it came, I was surprised; instead of it being slightly peppered with beef, it was loaded with meat and had a small complement of vegetables. I really loved the flavor of this dish. Skip the ribs.
This restaurant proves you can eat well in Mexico City on a budget. The Queen Margarita pizza is made with basil, tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, garlic and blue cheese. The blue cheese did not overwhelm and the crust was cracker thin. They have many combinations to choose from. Pizza Nasferatu is opening a restaurant on the beach in Tulum in about 3 months. We know why; it’s some of the best pizza around and we like the price - $45 pesos for a small pizza or $2.53 USA. We really loved the flavors of this pizza...and the super-thin crust.
Tamaulipas #103, Condesa
A picture of the Pork Belly Ramen from Yamasan was on the cover of the April, 2017 issue of Chilango Magazine. I salivated for 4 months waiting to try it. Was it worth the wait? Pork Belly - YES! The broth: not so much; It was shrimp broth and I'm not crazy about caldo made from seafood, especially with pork belly but the lines were long and there was a lot of slurping going on so I think everyone liked the broth but me. The price was right: $110 pesos
Fat Boy Moves
Tamaulipas 147, Condesa
Chef Allen Noveck's Korean restaurant with a limited menu but a great selection of quick bites, all around 100 pesos. I had the Korean chicken which was super-crunchy and served with a honey sauce. At the table next door: Cauliflower in gochujang and Bibimbap: rice mixed with vegetables, meat, an egg, and chili pepper paste; ultimate Korean comfort foods.
Michoacán 27, Condesa
We’ve gotten right into the Mexican habit of eating fried dough and drinking hot chocolate for breakfast. One order of churros - four or sometimes five - will feed two people. I like to dip them in cajeta. An order of four churros with a dipping sauce is just $27 pesos.
There are five locations; the original location in Centro Histórico is open 24 hours, seven days just in case you get a relentless craving around 4 AM.
Campeche 362, Condesa
El Tizoncito started as hole in the wall in Condesa in the middle-sixties and they now have around 20 restaurants in Mexico. They claim to have invented tacos al pastor, and even if they didn't, they make one of the better al pastors in town. We love the queso fundido, served in a tiny pot with 3 flour tortillas. Enjoy them with a shake of salt and a heavy splash of salsa verde; authentic, just like they made them back in the sixties. A little more expensive than the other taco joints around Mexico City but when you taste them, you'll know why.
Queteraro #225, Mercado Roma.
Many good eats to choose from in Mercado Roma but I was taken in by this beautiful, salted roast beef that was sitting on the counter, fresh out of the oven. I ordered the French Dip with truffle fries. I had to remind myself this was Mercado Roma, the fries were truffled, the portion was large (I only ate half so I got two meals out of one sandwich) and the flavor was incredible. $245 pesos or $13.80 USD was approaching US prices.
Prolongación Eugenia 23, Nápoles
Filled to the brim with Japanese locals and tourists, this place has little in the way of atmosphere but much is to be said for their food and their excellent service. This is home-style Japanese food and you pick out the items to fill a bento box. The food was good; we liked the variety of items they offered. We also liked the price for so much good food. $150 pesos/$8.45 USA for a Bento Box, salad and green ice tea.
Kansas No. 38, Benito Juárez, Nápoles
Street food is some of the best food in Mexico City and we had to try these tacos because so many people we know swear by them. Another unforgettable al pastor, and we liked the fact that they are on the crispy side. El Farolito has one of the most extensive menus, with a variety of tacos, tortas and other options. For a first try, it was a satisfying surprise. $54 pesos for two Tacos al Pastor or $3.03 USD.
Queteraro #225 , Mercado Roma
Another location; different feel. I had an intense food craving for Churros just after 9:00 AM; lucky for me, El Moro opens early. El Moro is a renowned churrería that's been going strong since 1935. I got a small cup of the mini's, made fresh in front of me in under 5 minutes. I ate a few and shared the “leftovers” with the workers in Mercado Roma. Funny how excited everybody gets when they’re offered free food. $35 pesos or $1.96 USD.
The period in which Teotihuacan flourished was about 2-6 A.D. For the Aztec's, whose empire reigned some 500 years after Teotihuacan, the moon, the sun and the universe were created at Teotihuacan. I felt that was true as I walked up the steps and took the same ascent in a hot air balloon over the Pyramid of the Sun at sunrise.
Teotihuacan, for me, was the most sacred spot on earth today and for anyone who loves Mexico, this is a journey you need to take. It will remind you of all the reasons why you are here.
The restaurant is quintessentially Mexico City and in my next life, I'm coming back as the person who sits at Delirio all afternoon and sips Cafe Correcto: coffee, rompope and milk and watches Colonia Roma stroll by. What a life... and just $45 pesos/$2.53 USD. Let the coffee sit for 10 minutes and the flavors will appear.