The Mexico City Food Tour, Where and What You Should Eat
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about food in Mexico City is street food or mostly Mexican/Latin food. But, Mexico City's food scene is just as diverse as any other major city. Whether you're looking for fine dining, rooftop restaurants or simply a cafe, this city has it all. Being here a little over two months, I got the chance to explore a lot of restaurants based on suggestions from blogs and locals. With the conclusion that Mexico City is one of the best cities for foodies. In my experience as a traveler, I believe Roma Norte and Condesa have some of the best restaurants in town. What makes this city's food scene unbeatable, is the addition of street food, which in my opinion is the best. Although I had a lot of street food, this list is strictly some of my favorite restaurants.
****Disclaimer: Although some of this post contains sponsored links, all opinions are my own. ****
Palmares Azotea, the stunning rooftop restaurant/bar just so happens to be located in my favorite neighborhood, Roma Norte. Perfect for an afternoon or night out, they also have killer drinks. If you like mezcal or maybe not a big fan like me, consider trying one of their mezcal cocktails. Made with delicious flavors such as Jamaica, which has become a personal favorite among mezcal mixings. As far as the food, their menu mainly consists of seafood such as their delicious ceviche, lobster or tacos, picking one won't be too hard. I had the pleasure of trying a few items, such as tacos(pictured above). From top to bottom, (squid, pork, shrimp, oxtail). One thing you should know about me is how much I love oxtail, so you can only imagine how quick I inhaled that one. The rest were delicious as well, especially with the addition of sauces, and mezcal.
The Vibe- This place is gorgeous, and not too fancy. During the day, you'll notice both corporate and casual guests, while the night time seems more of groups of friends ready to party.
Palmares Azotea $$
Durango 216, Cuauhtemoc, Roma Norte
Tel. 55 6845 3387
Open Monday – Saturday 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m & 6:30 p.m - 11 p.m Sunday 12 p.m - 5p.m.
Grab n' Munch is a perfect healthy spot for great food on the go and conveniently located in Cuauhtemoc. It offers what I like to call cafe food, which includes sandwiches, bowls, salads, craft beer and much more, not to mention desserts. This cute, semi small cafe has fast service, vegetarian-friendly options at an affordable price, and the food is delicious. It's been a while since I've had a bacon egg and cheese sandwich( yes, like those from the bodegas), so when I saw this item on the menu, I had to do it. Something else I had my eye on, was the shredded beef tostadas and the tuna bowl. Both items were delicious, but the tuna bowl was muy rico.
The Vibe- It's a small place, with beautiful decor, which gets busy in the earlier in the day during lunch time.
Grab n' Munch $$
Rio Panuco 180 Local C, Cuauhtémoc
Tel. 55 5207 3076
Open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m Saturday 9 a.m - 2 p.m Closed Sunday
Balmori is another favorite when it comes to rooftop restaurant/bars. Rather than being the typical food/drinks rooftop, Balmori often has DJ's and epic parties while overlooking the streets of Roma. Since we're on the drinks subject, their cocktails are truly a mixologist's work of art. I, of course, tried some mezcal with pineapple and another which came with popcorn on the side. As this point, I'm sure you'd like to know about the food, one word, that octopus(pictured above), rocked my world. Grilled to perfection, seasoned well, and paired with guacamole, salsa, and plantains. Before I tell you about the second dish, I'd like to ask myself why don't I order risotto more often. Balmori changed that, their risotto is creamy, and goes perfectly with the veal.
The Vibe- I would say this place is a bit fancier, well maybe not fancy but also not casual especially at night. Balmori is well decorated and has plenty of room for dancing, did I mention LIT?
Balmori Rooftop $$$
Zacatecas 139 2do piso, Cuauhtemoc, Roma Norte
Tel. 55 5264 1757
Open Tuesday – Saturday 1 p.m. – 2 a.m Sunday 1 p.m - 6p.m Closed Monday
Porco Rosso BBQ
I've been in Mexico for a little over two months, and I miss meat. I'm talking about bbq ribs, pulled pork, brisket, you know, meat. For my last supper in Mexico City, I wanted nothing else but ribs. I know of a few other places in the city with a lot of meat options, but at the time, Porco Rosso was the closest option. I ordered some ribs which were a pretty small portion, but delicious. I know this may not be as good as bbq from some parts of the States, it's a great option if you need a break from Mexican Food. I do wish I got a chance to try their brisket, which looked delicious, but they were out.
The Vibe- Porco Rosso has a few locations in Mexico City, Roma having the better outdoor vibes. It's all outdoors, including the kitchen, grab a seat, order and enjoy a few beers with your meal.
Porco Rosso $$
Calle Zacatecas 102, Roma Nte
Tel. 55 5264 4668
Open Monday- Sunday 1 p.m - 10 p.m
You're not allowed to mention chilaquiles without mentioning Chilakillers, hence the name. The best chilaquiles in the city, according to locals, and my taste buds. What are chilaquiles you ask, lightly fried tortillas drenched in sauce and topped off with either meat, eggs, or something vegan-friendly. Chilaquiles are a stable when it comes to breakfast in Mexico. If locals aren't eating their Abuela's chilaquiles, they are lining up at Chilakillers. Chilakillers is located in the neighborhood of Tacubaya, which is close to Roma and Condesa. They have different types of chilaquiles, coffee, horchata, and beer. Chilaquiles come in two sizes, small or large( pictured above), small is just enough. Unless sharing, the portions are very generous especially with the addition of beans and meat.
The Vibe- You'll most likely wait in line here, luckily it moves pretty fast. Chilakillers has fun, colorful paintings/art including chairs and tables. Oh, and they also play trap music.
Av. Revolución, Tacubaya
Tel. 55 5264 2818
Open Tuesday - Sunday 9 a.m - 5 p.m Closed Monday
The first thing you notice when entering La Guapachosa is a table with swings as chairs. Next, you'll see heaps of locals enjoying one of their craft beers. The craft beer scene in Mexico City is still a bit new, finding a place with great food and in house craft beer is rare. While chilling on the swing chairs, you'll receive chips with three different types of sauces. Mango/passion fruit/habanero, jamaica and morita chile, and the classic green salsa. I then tried four different aguachiles, mushrooms, shrimp, grasshoppers, and squid. They were all salty, and went well with the sauces, especially the grasshopper.
The Vibe- This place has heaps of locals, plays great music with friendly staff.
La Guapachosa $$
Avenida Oaxaca 31, Cuauhtémoc, Roma Nte
Tel.55 5531 7216
Open Tuesday - Thursday 1:30 p.m - 10:30 p.m Friday - Saturday 1:30 p.m - 11:30 p.m Sunday 1:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m Closed Monday
This musician themed menu restaurant is where you can get some of the best burgers in Mexico City. Butchers & Sons serves artisanal burgers perfectly suitable for both meat lovers and vegetarians. My first ever cocinita pibil was this burger pictured above. Cocinita pibil is slow-roasted pork originating in Mexico. This type of meat remains as one of my favorite meats in Mexico, only beaten by barbacoa. Their meat is very favorable, and not to mention organic. Another burger worth trying would be the "bowie" which also happens to be their most popular one. For those that like beer with their burgers, Butcher & Sons has a large selection of craft beer, and bacon wrapped fries.
The Vibe- with four locations throughout the city, each of them has a different vibe. The Alameda( downtown) location has great vibes, a full-service bar and outside seating.
Butcher & Sons $$
Doctor Mora 9
Tel.55 5510 131
Open Sunday - Wednesday 12 p.m - 11 p.m Thursday - Saturday 12 p.m - 1 a.m
A Mexico City foodie list is impossible without fine dining, especially at Morablanca. Like most fine dining restaurants in the city, Morablanca is in the neighborhood of Polanco. Although the word fine dining might sound expensive, it's a lot more affordable in a city like Mexico City with the exchange rate favoring some countries. What sounds even better is fine French cuisine by Chef Alejandro Heredia, a legend in Mexican culinary world. I chose quail for my main course, which came with figs and a side salad. The quail and fig combination was different, yet delicious. I can't say I've tasted something like that before. The menu is very diverse, with steaks, seafood, salads and much more. Since it's a French cuisine, a dessert and wine is a must, finished off with a cappuccino. If wine isn't your thing, they have a full-service bar downstairs with delicious cocktails.
The Vibe- Beautiful terrace, great atmosphere, and very attentive service.
Calle Emilio Castelar 135, Col. Polanco
Tel.55 5280 4358
Open Monday - Thursday 1 p.m - 12 a.m Friday - Saturday 8 p.m - 12 a.m Sunday 8 a.m - 6 p.m