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    Churreria "El Moro": Churros & Chocolate!!! YUMMY!

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jan 12, 2014

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    *IMPORTANT NOTE*: Late June 2010 this place was burnt down by a fire... and again I had to hear about it from a foreigner visiting the city at the time being, damn!! Anyway it was refurbished very quickly and it was reopened very quickly....*End of note*

    If you haven't been to Mexico or met Mexican (or Spanish) people, you might not know what a CHURRO is. Let me try to explain: it's a sort of sweet bread made with a very simple dough (flour + water + butter/margarine), shaped in long & thin bars/sticks and deep fried in vegetable oil, all covered with sugar (and sometimes with a bit of cinnamon too). See the picture attached to know what they look like.

    They're much better when eaten warm & freshly made... and MUCH better when accompanied by a cup of hot chocolate/coffee & milk/shake... However, you must know that, even though they're simple, it's complicated to reach the right consistency of the dough for them to be perfect and tasty... crispy on the outside and soft inside. You can easily find churros mostly anywhere (the ones they sell in Coyoacan are also VERY GOOD), but it's not that easy to find a place where they bake them REALLY good... Some places even serve churros with different fillings (chocolate, cajeta) but those are not the traditional ones and most of the times they're rather tasteless (they only get their taste from the filling)... But the people at this little restaurant really do know how to make them perfect... at least most of the time! I must admit that on one of my visits the churros were rather lousy -- but apparently the baker was only having a bad day! They have been great in all of my recent visits (2013).

    Favorite Dish: Eating churros is very traditional in Mexico; we inherited such custom - as many others - from the Spaniards. There are many old places in downtown where you can eat them (many of them specialized in churros only).

    Churreria "El Moro" is one of them. It was founded in 1935 and it's a medium-size local with lots of tables where you can go and eat churros 24 hours a day.... anytime you want a churro, it's open! They make them really good and they serve them with different types of hot chocolate: swiss, french, spanish, mexican... all of them with different tastes. They also serve coffee & milk, milkshakes, sodas... And lately they also serve tacos & tortas, if you want to have a different (i.e. not sweet) kind of dinner. However, their genuine specialty are churros con chocolate and you can have a great supper with a cup of chocolate + 4 churros for about 5 USD (American Dollars)!!! Enough to keep your stomach full for a while!

    Great place which I recommend for whenever you want to have a light & informal supper at mid afternoon or even later at night... It's a family oriented place, and it's located right in front of the SAN JUAN DE LETRAN metro station.

    PS.- I must thank my Italian ex boss and his wife who actually told me about this place (they were taken there by a Mexican friend of theirs)... Funny to have discovered such a traditional Mexican place thanks to foreign people! They loved it, by the way!

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    Los Danzantes: Mexican food with a touch from Yucatan

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    Los Danzantes is a very nice place where they cook great dishes with a Yucatecan touch. They also manufacture their own Mezcal (alcoholic beverage similar to tequila) and red wine.

    It's located right in the central part of Coyoacan area - right on the square - and it's a good choice to have a good meal in a nice place while spending a casual & relaxed weekend around Coyoacan (even if you're dressed up in short pants and t-shirt, it doesn't matter cause they don't have a dress code). It has tables in a covered terrace surrounded by cactus, which allows you to see the people walking by and the lively environment in this square of Coyoacan.

    Favorite Dish: The Arrachera meat is wonderful (with "charro" style beans and french fries, YUMMY!); we also had some shrimps coated with coconut and a sweet & sour (fruity) sauce which were quite good.

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    La Calle: Mexican Food 3

    by jumanuel Written Sep 14, 2005

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    The restaurant is a really original concept for a Mexican restaurante.
    The hostes are dress witha a traditional costume, the weitres are dress like police man - and well I wont tell you more beacuse this place is really cool - very very Mexican, I love it!!

    Favorite Dish: All mexican food is my favorite.

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    Cocina Económica: Authentic and Real Mexican Flavors

    by Mexgirl Updated Aug 20, 2004

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    There are many great High mexican cousine restaurants like: Hostal Santo Domingo in downtown, La Valentina in Polanco, Besame mucho in Satelite, Caballo Bayo in la Herradura Av., etc.

    But you can also find the same magic in traditional authentic "Mercados" , "Changarros" or "Cocinas Económicas" where food is cheap but delicious, and the most important: is where most of the mexican people (office people, students, families) actually eat.

    Near offices areas you can find many Cocinas Económicas, specially in La Roma or Zona Rosa areas.

    A Cocina Económica is a kind of small restaurant that for $25-40 pesos ($2.5-4 USD) you get a complete Home-made type meal: Soup, rice, a Guisado (prepared principal dish), dessert (normaly a Flan), tortillas and Fruit-water.

    From each Soup or Guisado you can select from 2 or 3 options and normally the menu varies everyday but what you will always find is: Caldo de pollo (chicken soup with vegetables, avocado, and cilantro), rice and tortillas.

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    Villa Maria: Atmosphere

    by jenn_d Written Jan 22, 2004

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    Located in the trendy neighborhood of Polanco, Villa Maria's hacienda style building welcomes diners to a traditional Mexican meal.

    Friendly Mariachis roam the restaraunt during the evening in this upscale place.

    Favorite Dish: The cactus tacos were interesting...kind of like cooked green peppers but a bit sweeter.

    I chose a t-bone steak with Chipolte butter for my main course and it was superb.

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    Los Churros del Moro: Churros

    by jumanuel Written Feb 24, 2006

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    Los Churros - is something you have to try.
    This is place is one of the most visited places, and it is recognize for the good taste in churros with some chocolate - excelent idea!
    You can star your day eating some =)

    Favorite Dish: Churros with a hot cup of french chocolate

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    La Esquina del Viejo Barrio: Great ice cream in Coyoacan

    by acemj Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    Laura (Laura_Mexico) and I were exploring Coyoacan when we decided to stop at this great little ice cream shop. Laura had visited before and recommended it heartily. When I discovered that they had some very unique flavors, I was excited to try them.

    Favorite Dish: You pay at the back counter first and then go order your ice cream. I ordered a scoop of cheese (queso) and a scoop of corn (elote) ice cream mainly because I wasn't sure that I'd be able to find it in Philadelphia where I live! It was great!

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    La Casa de Toño: Eating Mexican Food

    by jumanuel Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    The places is kind of new.
    The tipe of food is Mexican - one of the best places I ever try mexian food, the prices aren't high, the places is very clean and the personal is really friendly and the services is really fast.
    It's a place you can't miss.

    Favorite Dish: Pozole
    Sope de Pollo
    Tacos de Cochinita Pibil
    Quesadillas
    Agua de Horchata

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    Mexico Magico: Mexican food in the heart of Polanco

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Nov 10, 2009

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    **NOTE** This place is no longer on business :( I just passed by where it used to be and I no longer found it. However, I still want to keep the tip alive in case it has been relocated or is reopened in the future, or as a reference for someone who's looking for it and is puzzled because they couldn't find it anymore.

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    If you want to try some real and good Mexican food, this is a brand new discovery I made thanks to my ex boss.... He saw this restaurant was highly recommended in some gastronomic reviews, so we visited it and were very pleased.

    First off, the prices were REALLY DECENT considering it is placed in a commercial passage where some expensive restaurants & boutiques are located. They have entrees starting at $18 MXP (something like $1.50 USD), a good variety in the menu, and a nice BIG dish of meat for only $115 MXP (about $10 USD)!!! The variety in the desserts department is what they lack, under my point of view.

    You can find a big offer of Mexican dishes, the quality of the food is very good, and the service is fair. They have tables both inside the local and outside on the sidewalk (like a European style terrace). Only problem in this whole area (Polanco) is the lack of place to park your car, so you better get there on a taxi cab or walking.

    Favorite Dish: There was a Festival de la Arrachera when we visited Mexico Magico, so they were featuring arrachera meat (a special cut we have in Mexico, thin but very soft and juicy) cooked in 6-7 different ways. There were 3 of us, we all asked for arrachera in different styles, and the 3 of them were EXCELLENT. Entries were also good, good sized, drinks are as expensive as in any other restaurant, and the only thing my ex boss did not like was the coffee..... Too light for him, but he's italian!! And his wife did not think it was so bad. So unless you're italian, you might like it!

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    El Arroyo: Enormous place!

    by acemj Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    This restaurant is pretty well-known, which is good because it's a little out of the way, so you might have to ask a local exactly how to get here. The place used to be a bullring and it's absolutely enormous. There are multiple dining rooms and the place supposedly can seat 2500 diners!!! It's a great place for a party since the room we were in had a stage with a mariachi band and some interesting regional dancers.

    I was here with my friend Adriana who comes here often with her family, so the waiters recognized her and we got excellent service.

    Favorite Dish: We ordered Baracoa, which is an extremely tender chunk of meat that falls off the bone and melts in the mouth and enjoyed some tequila to go along with it. Everything was great.

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    Cielo Rojo: Zona Rosa treat

    by acemj Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    This place in Zona Rosa is on a busy pedestrianized street that probably attracts a fair number of tourists, however on the night I visited, it seemed to be all locals enjoying the food and even some mariachi. I sat at the bar and proceed to talk with the bartender, Raymundo, who used to live in Las Vegas and had plenty of stories . . . oh, but what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

    Favorite Dish: I had some very delicious tacos and enjoyed a beer. After that, Raymundo decided to give me a lesson on tequila and he let me try a few small sample shots. For dessert, I had some mamey ice cream. Mamey is a type of fruit and the ice cream is served in a hollowed out mamey skin (click on the picture to see it). It was great.

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    Hotel Catedral: Breakfast at the hotel

    by acemj Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    One morning, I decided to eat breakfast at the hotel restaurant. I had coffee and Chilaquiles Verde, which is a dish made up of torn up tortilla pieces with a mildly spicy green sauce and eggs. It was good and the service was attentive.

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    Los Panchos: Traditional, home made Mexican food

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jul 24, 2012

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    If you want to go to a very typical, everyday place to eat genuine Mexican food surrounded by local people instead of going to a touristy restaurant, this is a nice place to see what the real thing is like -- office employees having lunch (or families during the weekend), national tourists or people who used to live in Mexico City and moved out but come back on short visits are the kind of people you will find here, as well as home made REAL Mexican food. They have the kind of food we would eat in our everyday life and even at home, not fancy dishes but just common stuff - very tasty and well served though. They also have home made flavored water (made with fresh fruit).

    This restaurant has been on business since 1945. The decoration is typically Mexican as well (especially a wall with views of the city painted on it), the restaurant is quite big (but is usually crowded) and they even have a little terrace on the 1st floor.

    Favorite Dish: I liked the chicken broth with lots of stuff inside (rice, chicken, avocado), very nice. Caldo tlalpeño is nice if you like spicy stuff -- it's chicken broth with a lot of stuff but also chili, so it's very hot. Tacos (especially those stuffed with cecina -- a salty kind of meat) are very good too. The portions are generous so don't ask for too many dishes, or you will not be able to finish them all!!

    On our last visit we had an Arrachera meat cut and Enchiladas de mole and they were both AWESOME. The portions were very big too and the food very tasty.

    They also have these things called "petroleras" which are the specialty of the house and which are good..... they're a sort of tortilla, just a bit thicker and VERY big (about the size of a plate), with different stuff on top: beans, cheese, meat, etc.... They make for an entire meal, so think twice before asking for a second dish before or after eating your petrolera!!!

    And if you are still able to have a dessert, by all means do: they all look very yummy, but we picked the corn bread -- which is served warm and with 3 ice cream scoops on the side (vanilla - chocolate - strawberry): it was HEAVENLY! Very very nice, highly recommended!

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    Cantina de San Angel: Great view in San Angel

    by acemj Updated Dec 15, 2005

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    San Angel is a cool little neighborhood with a nice main square, some interesting architecture and a beautiful convent. This little cantina has a great view of all the action from the balcony above the main square. My friend Adriana told me that on the weekends, you might have an extremely long wait just to get in, but since we were here on a Monday afternoon, we had no problem getting a table overlooking the square.

    Favorite Dish: We just had a couple beverages while we enjoyed the nice weather and good conversation, but Adriana tells me the food is good too.

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    Belini: Spinning Restaurant

    by jumanuel Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    The restaurant is famous for the perfect view of the city it offers. While you are having somthing to eat or drink you can enjoy a nice meal and the great view.

    I promiss you won't get dizzy - just enjoy the view and the meal.

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