A Mexican Food Love Affair

Mexico

Behold, the city of Mexico—the land of tacos, quesadillas, and horchata (rice milk with vanilla and cinnamon)! Bright flavors and vibrant elements dominate each dish, most of which are made with various herbs, spices, and chilies. Scour the busy streets as you hunt for Mexico’s top local restaurants. You’ll be shouting “delicioso!” (Spanish for “delicious”) with gusto after every meal!

Updated 10 months ago

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El Vilsito

Colonia del Valle, Mexico • Recommendation • a year ago

An auto repair shop by day and a taqueria by night, El Vilsito makes the best tacos al pastor in town! Watch the master taquero (taco maker) as he expertly slices thin shavings of juicy marinated pork and pineapple off the hot trompo (vertical rotisserie). He catches everything with a handheld corn tortilla, then adds a sprinkling of finely chopped onions, cilantro, and hot salsa on top. It’s dinner and a show hence El Vilsito’s long queues—even during the wee hours. Get a glass of horchata (rice milk with vanilla and cinnamon) on the side and your taste buds win for the night!

+525556827213

Avenida Universidad, Narvarte Poniente, Ciudad de México, Mexico

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Yerba Buena del Sisal

Playa del Carmen, Mexico • Recommendation • a year ago

Vibrant interiors and ultra-friendly service welcome you at Yerba Buena del Sisal. The folks here put a healthy twist on classic Mexican food, serving a variety of vegetarian, gluten-free, and organic dishes! Tortilla chips, along with four different kinds of sauces, are served while you browse their menu. Devour freshly made quesadillas and enchiladas, but save some room for dessert; their Carlota de Limon will knock your socks off!

+529858561406

Calle 54A, Number 217, Barrio del Sisal, Valladolid, Yucatán, Mexico

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Fonda Margarita

Colonia del Valle, Mexico • Recommendation • a year ago

“Best breakfast ever. Certainly a meal I’ll never forget.” These were the words of the late American celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain when he visited Fonda Margarita back in 2009. The family-style joint takes pride in whipping up traditional Mexican breakfast, just like how mamá or abuela (Spanish for “grandmother”) makes it! The moment you enter, you’ll see (and smell) all sorts of mouthwatering guisados (stews) simmering in massive clay cauldrons. Order their bestselling Frijoles Negros con Huevo (scrambled eggs and refried beans in pork lard) and Cafe de Olla (black coffee with cinnamon and whole cane sugar). They’re only open for breakfast, so wake up extra early to get first dibs!

+525555596358

Adolfo Prieto 1364, Tlacoquemecatl del Valle, Ciudad de México, Mexico

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Churrería El Moro

Mexico City, Mexico • Recommendation • a year ago

Established in 1935, Churrería El Moro is the most famous churros spot in all of Mexico! Enjoy their made-to-order churros, tossed in either plain or cinnamon sugar—best paired with a cup of Spanish hot chocolate. The 80-year-old shop suffered from a terrible fire in 2010, but it has since been restored to its former glory. They’re open 24 hours, so you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth no matter the time of day!

+525555120896

Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 42, Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México, Mexico


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Tlayudas El Negro

Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico • Recommendation • a year ago

Head to Tlayudas El Negro to sample one of Oaxaca’s signature snacks—tlayudas! Giant tortillas are filled with refried bean paste, shredded cabbage, and strips of queso fresco (fresh cheese). They are then folded and grilled over flaming hot coals until they turn perfectly crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside. Choose either smoky chorizo or spicy pork to go with your tlayudas. Take a few friends with you; portions here are pretty massive!

+529512271700

Calle Vicente Guerrero 1029, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Mexico


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Mercado 20 de Noviembre

Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico • Recommendation • a year ago

Mercado 20 de Noviembre is a legendary food market that houses stalls hawking local Mexican fare. Its main draw is the grilled meats aisle called “El Pasilio de las Carnes Asadas.” Carnivores will have a field day with the smorgasbord of meat options available, ranging from chili-marinated pork and beef to intestines and longaniza (Spanish sausage). Take your pick and the vendors will cook everything for you! It'll then be brought to your table in a large basket, served with tortillas, fresh salsa, and guacamole. You may smell like smoked meat once you’ve exited the premises, but it’ll be worth it!

20 de Noviembre 512, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Mexico

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La Güera Tortas de Chilaquiles

Benito Juarez, Mexico • Recommendation • a year ago

La Güera Tortas de Chilaquiles has the perfect cure to a serious hangover! Nestled in the hipster neighborhood of Condesa, the street food stall is popular for its tortas de chilaquiles. It’s a type of Mexican sandwich that consists of a chicken cutlet (or barbecued pork), zesty crema, crumbled cheese, pickled habanero peppers, and chilaquiles (fried tortillas soaked in red or green salsa). Take your torta to go or have it on the sidewalk alongside hungry locals. Buck up for a bit of a wait, La Güera is known for its long lines!

Alfonso Reyes 139, Hipódromo, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

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