Food in Mexico City
Kate Moss famously said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”
After consuming a plate of Enchiladas Verde with a side of Creama Cilantro Sopa from El Yug and Tierra Garat’s Mexican Hot Chocolate, I just can’t buy that. I’m fairly sure I ate my weight in verde sauce during my time in Mexico City and I don’t regret one second of it.
The food scene in Mexico City is not talked about enough. The sheer number of options is overwhelming. We had killer Italian food at Il Riltrovo off the Paseo de la Reforma, late night nachos & aptly-named drinks at Bukowski’s Bar in Zona Rosa, delicious coffee at Tierra Garat, sublime vegetarian food at the above-named El Yug, Green Tea cake paired with a Green Tea Latte at The Baking Story, endless papaya and pina, chilaquiles, mole sauce, horchata, tlacoyos, fresh fruit juices, tacos, enchiladas, flautas, quesadillas and tamales on every corner… I could wax eloquently about the food here for pages and pages. The Polanco Food Tours are reason enough just to visit- you can employ a guide to explain the heritage and traditions behind each dish or you can set off on your own and explore the region yourself.
And let’s take a moment to talk about the tamales… Nutella tamales, “Mediterranean Tamales” filled with greek olives, feta, and peppers, the traditional spicy chicken tamales, chocolate dessert tamales, Tamales Huastecos (tamales wrapped in banana leaves), tamales drenched in tomatillo-cilantro sauces and hot chili sauces and rich mole sauces- you’ve never had a tamale till you’ve had these tamales. You can find everything from street tamales to high-end restaurants serving specialty tamales with exquisite presentation. Designing the most unique tamale possible seems to have become a bit of a national past time and it’s so fun to explore the different tastes.
You can find hundreds of restaurant recommendations online, but part of the fun is exploring the region and finding places yourself. Just plop yourself down for the day in Polanco and start eating- or go to the outdoor markets of La Merced (okay, here it does help to have a guide) and work your way through the busiest vendors. Just make sure you dedicate some time and undivided attention to hunting down the perfect dish- you won’t regret it.