I was on a mission. For my weekend trip to Mexico City, I had one thing (and one thing only) on my mind. And it will not come as a surprise that the one thing was FOOD! I’d been sitting back as other food-loving friends shared stories of their delicious escapades and after a few years, I had my fair share of tasty recommendations. Now it was my time. With only 48 hours in Mexico City, it was going to be difficult to expand my itinerary beyond my pre-planned gastronomic experiences, so food was the schedule and lots of food I had!
This list will give you a taste into the culinary splendor that is Mexico City. And you’ll pay a fraction of the price you would pay elsewhere.
After a quick check-in into the Four Seasons, my food-loving sister-friend and I jumped in an Uber and were in route to our 4 p.m. reservations at Pujol. This critically acclaimed restaurant is run by the chef Enrique Olvera and is in the snazzy Polanco neighborhood. Well in advance of our visit, we booked an 11-course taco (and imbibe) experience. We kicked off our early evening with a Tamarind Margarita (which would become our new fave) and spent the next few hours noshing on more tacos than you would imagine a single visionary could create. The highlight? Our amazing host that could make a mean mezcal cocktail and keep us laughing at the same time! And the taco served with a mole that had been aged for more than 1,000 days was beyond delicious!
After a few hours of rest and once our bellies gave us permission to indulge just a bit more, it was time for cocktails! Karisma Cantina welcomed us with open arms as we grabbed the first seat we could find at the bar. We wanted to be where all the action was happening, and this would prove to be a wise choice. We ordered classics like nachos and queso while we enjoyed several rounds of Tamarind Margaritas. Once we were exposed to this margarita during our first dining experience, we started ordering them everywhere! Our bartender was amazing and even got in on the fun as he poured himself a shot while he served us shots of our own.
Our second day would begin at the Mercado Roma market. When I say we literally ate our way through the place, I am not lying. Barbacoa, lamb belly, churros, elotes, paella, fish tacos, paletas…you name it, we devoured it! One thing that really stood out for us here were the people. They were truly passionate about the food they were serving. With each stop came a story or tidbit of knowledge and as they shared, they allowed us to sample and taste their hard work. Our palates had the opportunity to taste delicious treats from savory to sweet and had we ended our stay on this note, there would be no disappointments. However, we did have a few more spots to visit.
Our next restaurant recommendation would come by way of a fellow blogger who had family ties to Mexico City. You can’t pass up a firsthand recommendation, so we were sold, and San Angel Inn was our next destination. We cozied up in a large corner table that provided the perfect views into the vibrant courtyards that were filled with families gathering for Sunday lunch. There are plenty of other places to experience traditional Mexican food in the city, but few are as legendary and stunning as the San Angel Inn. We enjoyed the “World’s Best Margarita”, ate Escamoles (ant egg) tacos, and we were even surprised with dessert by way of Houston.
Our second (and last) day was quickly coming to an end, but we had just enough room to take in one final dining experience. Located in the Centro Histórico neighborhood, Azul Histórico has been deemed one of Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita’s best restaurants (he has several in the city). Its charm with hit you at the hostess stand with its open-air courtyard surrounded by trees draped with hanging lights. If you order nothing else from the menu, going with any of the soups will make your day. The Sopa De Tortilla, considered the queen of soups or the Clasica Crema De Flor De Calabazsa, called the “the great Mexican luxury”, which can only be made in Central Mexico and requires 18 flowers to make – ahmazing!
I have already planned a trip back to explore more of Mexico City. There are so many galleries, ancient pyramids, museums, the amazing architecture, and yes, even more restaurants that I want to see. Once you visit, you’ll be just like me – scheduling your second trip before your first is even finished. Other restaurants and bars that came highly rated, but I didn’t get a chance to try include Quintonil, Contramar, Rosetta, Bosforo (mezcal bar), Comedor Jacinta, and Tacos Cocuyos. Until next time Mexico City!