Visiting Cafe el Popular is actually listed as the #3 Thing to Do in Mexico City on a popular travel site. It's true... this little hole-in-the-wall diner-style restaurant certainly brings in crowds of people, especially on weekend mornings when local families queue outside for their chance to take in a fresh, hot breakfast along with one of the cafes beautiful pastries. The cafe is also popular with young adults and travelers looking for good food late at night, as it's one of the few places in the city open round the clock.
I ate at Cafe el Popular once in December 2011, and once a few years earlier. Both times I was alone and sat at the counter, where I had a good view of not only the kitchen and the front of house, but also other diners (thank goodness, as I wouldn't have known how to handle that coffee on my own!). Your meal begins with coffee. In all of my life and all of my travels I've never had coffee served like this before! The server will bring you the coffee in a carafe. It's deep and dark and almost as strong as espresso. She'll pour it slowly into your glass until you ask her to stop, then she'll top it with hot water or hot milk. This coffee is STRONG so go easy! You'll also get a freshly-baked roll while you wait for your entree. As a vegetarian I opted for scrambled eggs with refried beans. The eggs were scrambled nicely, the beans were good too, and I left feeling ready to take on my day! For lovers of Mexican breakfasts, Cafe el Popular is a great, central restaurant where you can get your desayuno fix at any time of day or night!
Located at the top of a narrow stairway just blocks from the Zocalo, Los Vegetarianos is a health-conscious restaurant dishing up meatless versions of Mexican favorites at prices that even the poorest backpacker can afford. Don't worry though- you'll likely share the restaurant with businessmen on their lunch break and local families too... it's cheap but good!
Los Vegetarianos is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I like to visit at lunch for their comida corrida- a fixed-price, three-course menu featuring a salad, hot entree and dessert, along with a beverage of your choice. On my most recent visit I started with a fruit salad, which came topped with crunchy popped amaranth, and then had soy "tacos" in corn tortillas alongside baked chayote. For dessert I had a peach in sweet syrup, and I drank the agua fresca (fruit water) of the day. All of the food was good, the service was friendly, and it was nice to sit in one of the tables by the window to watch life pass by below.
This would be a great restaurant to visit with children, as the daily menu is prominently displayed on a table when you enter, so children could point to the dishes they'd like to try.
L'Albufera is the hotel's Star-Diamond awarded restaurant.
Café Miró is a large, colorful venue featuring extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets.
In a city boasting a cuisine known throughout the world, Meliá Mexico Reforma luxury hotel offers distinct dining options that will treat every guest with the very best in Mexican and international cuisine. All of Meliá Mexico Reforma's dining venues are decorated with mood-enhancing elements that add to the culinary experience of all guests. Service is never overlooked-trained and friendly staff meets your every expectation.
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This isn't exactly a pub but has a very similar concept: a typical place to go drink alcohol and eat some finger food, and these are called cantinas in Mexico.
This place has been working since 1914. You can find Mexican food in here, but they are specialized in German dishes (especially Frankfurt sausages). You can also have some fine meat cuts, seafood, etc. Right now (summer/autumn) they have some seasonal traditional Mexican dishes which are quite good and will only be available for 3-4 months. These "specials" change according to the season, but you can eat their typical dishes all year round.
They also have special offers on Wednesdays and Fridays, like 50% off the second drink you order, combos with soup + main course + dessert, etc. The decoration of the place is simple but cozy and they usually display football matches on their TVs. They also have a few tables outside (on a sort of terrace) in case you want to smoke -- which is not allowed inside the bar -- and it's very nice to sit down to have a drink here during a hot spring/summer evening.
Favorite Dish: The sangria (prepared with red wine and vodka) is quite good but it gets to your head QUICKLY! But it's refreshing and tasty. My hubby and a friend's husband had a mezcal called Gusano rojo which was also very good according to them.
We had some Tostadas (crunchy/hard tortillas) with Zick de venado (cold deer meat) on top: this is a dish originary from Yucatan state (in the south east of the country, where Chichen-Itza ruins are located) which is rare and therefore expensive but good. Also, the Frankfurt sausages should not be missed when visiting this place.
This is a recent discovery I made while strolling Coyoacan (please see my THINGS TO DO tips!), I believe it's been there for a bit more than a year now and it has become really popular.
Anyhow, I decided to go in because it was crowded on Saturday everning (the weather not being particularly warm) and because the people coming out from there with their big ice creams made me and my companion crave for one, LOL.... They looked really delicious. My companion was a Banana Split lover so we thought we might as well have one.
There are very few tables inside and they were all occupied, as there is also a section of this same shop where they serve coffee & donuts, so it was the perfect place to relax and either drink something refreshing or warm yourself up with a hot coffee and chat while looking at the people passing by. So it's very recommendable if you want to make a pause during your touristic visit to this nice area of town!
Favorite Dish: We finally took a seat and ordered our banana split (this is self service, you go and pay and then pick up your stuff at another counter), and I must say it was REALLY GOOD. The price was very reasonable, the size of the portion was MORE than enough for the 2 of us, the taste of the ice cream was really good and you're allowed to choose your own combination of flavours in whatever specialty you ask for, and they have A LOT of different flavours to choose from!!! So we were both very pleased with our visit to this new place and he agreed it would be a good idea to let everyone on VT know about this place.... go have an ice cream if you have the chance!! My favorites are CHEESE (just cheese, nothing added although there are other flavors which mix cheese + fruits) and MARACUYA (passion fruit)...!!!
Check this out: the place has different names -- inside it says it's called La Esquina del Viejo Barrio but on the outside you might see Cafe del Viejo Barrio or even El Kiosko painted on the wall. It's the same place though!
This is one of the oldest cantinas in town, a very traditional place which is also very beautiful and has a good environment and food. They claim that Pancho Villa came here at the beginning of the XX century and shot his gun during his visit, leaving a hole in the ceiling which all the waiters will proudly point out to you.
Favorite Dish: On my last visit I had a roast beef with mashed potatoes which was REALLY good, and a chef suggestion: it wasn't on the regular menu so you may not find this particular dish but one of my friends asked for something else (a Tampiqueña beef dish) and he said the quality and taste of the food was excellent as well. The flan for dessert is also very good.
Best part of restaurant is the fish tank and the restrooms. Worst part is the management, with the actual meal coming a close second. Staff on the floor outnumbered the customers. Very uncomfortable gaggle of waiters, managers and waitresses always hovering within 2 or 3 meters. We had drinks, appetizers, salads and main dishes but no dessert or coffee, since by the end we just wanted to get out into the fresh air.
Everything extremely overpriced, which is likely why they list their full menu online but without prices.
You can see that a great deal of expense went into their website design, their dishware, fishtank and location (high-rent district). No money left for a creative chef & quality ingredients.
Here's just one example: Vietnamese salad consists of ONE typical fresh spring roll, cut into 6 little slices & served VERY fancy on a too-long plate, drizzled with a bit of sauce and a tiny sliver of strawberry on each piece: ten bucks. I normally eat 3 of these as an appetizer at Vietnamese restaurants for about a dollar each.
And these "salad" dishes arrived exactly when the hot, main dishes arrived !
Finally came a spirited & prolonged argument at bill-paying time because of mistake they'd made on bill; followed by an insistent plea from a WAITER about an insufficient tip, just as we were heading out the door. He presented us with a hastily-scribbled paper showing that since the meal was a hundred dollars, the tip needed to be minimum 15%. Incredible cheek !! We laughed about that and the slimy manager's argument all the way back to our car.
Worst restaurant experience in 10 years of living & dining in Mexico City.
Favorite Dish: Bottled mineral water
The great thing about Brassica is the service. The chef/owner is always their pleasing the customers and for me the food takes some of the home sickness away. During lunch you always see executives from corporate Santa Fe having their power lunches but the 2 times I've been their at night the ambiance is relaxed and romantic.
Favorite Dish: Their house specialty is the prime rib, and they really know how to make it. I thought it was soft, flavorful and extremely juicy. They also serve a berry crisp which is really good.
What I really like about the restaurant is the down to earth service they offer in an elegant but modern restaurant. The owner/chef is allways their which makes a big diference in my eyes. Santa Fe is an up and comming area which was in need of a high quality restaurant. The decor and ambiance allways relax me making the dinning expirience a greatlly enjoyable one.
Favorite Dish: Every time I´ve been there I´ve tried different things and they have never disapointed me. If I had to choose ad go for the dry aged beef or their prime rib. It's defenativly for meat lovers, although they do serve lobster, fresh fish, crabs and many other shellfish.
It's not easy to find veggie food in meat-crazy Latin America. But this little place is a real find for those of us who get offered only salad, salad and more salad at mainstream restaurants.
Located in the Zona Rosa district Yug is open open Monday to Friday from 7:00 am 10 pm, Saturdays from 8:30 am to 8 pm, Sundays from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Maremma is an upscale Italian restaurant located in the Parque Duraznos mall. The pride of the place is its wine list - which personally I didn't find soooo impressive.
The menu offers an extensive choice of starters, main dishes and desserts - all tasty and made with fresh ingredients (the tomato sauce is delicious for instance). As dessert I recommend their "chocolate cake" served warm with a scoop of chocolate ice-cream.
Service is excellent and prices high - count over $1000 for a dinner for two with some drinks.
If you want the best Spanish food in Mexico City in the friendliest atmosphere then search no longer and go directly to El Pimenton.
This recently opened restaurant (February 2003) is located just behind the hotel Camino Real in Leibnitz 65. The decoration style is resolutely elegant and minimalist.
You'll be warmly welcomed by Gelines and Pepita who are extremely knowledgeable about the specialties of Spanish cuisine - don't ignore their suggestions.
I recommend the tasty starters - including the delicious "empanadas" and the original "pimientos rellenos de bacalao". For dessert do not miss the ice cream of "frutas del bosque" - simply amazing.
Prices are very reasonable for this level of quality in the service and ingredients. In one word: don't miss it - you won't regret it.
The atmosphere of this restaurant is both rustic and romantic. Definitely a place for any special occasion or just to feel the old style glamour of Mexico.
Favorite Dish: Camarones Ixtoc con huitlacoche
Cluny is specialized in crepes (yummy!!!) and French cuisine. The prices are somewhat high but affordable for special occasions or a treat. The atmosphere is very quiet and nice and European; it looks like a small place but sits many people and the attention is fair (although the waiters can sometimes be REAL SLOW and the service has gotten worse lately). There are tables in the terrace too (the restaurant is placed in a small shopping mall though, not on plain street).
They have seasonal specials and also a 3-course meal + beverage [wine] at a fixed price (at lunch time, on week days). It is open everyday from noon to midnight (they close a bit earlier on Sundays).
This used to be my very favorite place to eat although I've made some other cool discoveries in the recent years, but I highly recommend it to those who like French food and especially CREPES... like me!
Favorite Dish: 3-Cheese crepes, or Bechamel (chicken-mushroom-white sauce) crepes. For dessert, try the Melba crepes or the 3-berry crepes. Cider is good for beverage.
This is a pretty quiet place with tables both in the inside of the restaurant and outside on the sidewalk, which makes it quite european (like many other restaurants in the Polanco area). The prices are high but acceptable and the atmosphere and service are very good. Recommended for a date (that's how I got to know it, LOL)
Update 2010: I had not been to this place in YEARS. This time I visited the one located in the Zona Rosa area (my first experience had been in Polanco). It was a TOTAL disappointment and I wouldn't recommend it anymore for people to go there. Unfortunately another VTer (Diageva) was with me and I felt very bad that she had to witness the bad quality & service of this place nowadays. Ok, the damage was done but I decided I had to come and update my tip in order to warn others.
We just came here for coffee & cake. They brought me a tray full of cake slices that looked very yummy and I picked one. When they brought it I found out there was some fungus growing on one of its sides.... ughhh!!! And when I told the waiter he said it was not true... I refused to eat it and he took it away, and then had to offer me a different kind of cake since apparently this was the last slice of the kind I had requested at first -- no wonder!!! Who knows how long it had been standing there...... I also ordered a coffee and when I asked for some milk to put in it they brought me a little cup with SPOILED, sour milk. I was lucky to try it before I added it to my coffee (was already afraid after the cake thing LOL)! They changed it and apologized saying that the weather had been too hot and maybe that's why the milk spoiled fast outside of the fridge... DUH. Then put it inside the goddamn fridge!!!!
Anyway, my friend asked for a struddel cake with vanilla ice cream, and the ice cream was completely melted. When she complained about it the waiter said that was its "optimal" consistency.... WTF?!?!!?! They didn't even offer to change it. She didn't want to make a big fuss about it so she ate it like that, but she wasn't pleased, of course -- it looks like they forgot to put EVERYTHING inside the fridge and then they blamed the hot weather....
We obviously didn't get any kind of freebie to make up for this or a discount in our bill.... Not nice. So even though the 2nd cake I asked for was great, I wouldn't really recommend that you come here! There are many other cafes to choose from in this area......
Favorite Dish: Spaghetti Alfredo, it's delicious!!
Their Konditori cake (made with goat cheese, yoghurt and berries) is also VERY good..... but be careful with ANY food here (read section above if you haven't yet).
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