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Off-beaten path, delicious food in Mexico City (and Oaxacan Countryside)


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Off-beaten path, delicious food in Mexico City (and Oaxacan Countryside)

Dave MP | | Aug 26, 2012 10:59 PM

I am coming to Mexico from Sept's my first trip there (aside from a visit to Baja California a few years ago), and I'm quite excited. I've been doing some research about places to eat, and I think I'm ready to start asking for some advice

Two of us are flying into Mexico City...we're spending 2 or 3 nights there. Then 3-4 nights in an undetermined location (ideally in the countryside), and then the final 2 or 3 nights in Oaxaca, and then we fly out from there. The total will be 8 nights in Mexico. I speak Spanish, so I am very comfortable going off the beaten path to get the best food. We will be using public transit (as well as taxis and our own feet). While we might be interested in one or two fancier meals, both of us are more interested in hole-in-the-wall places, food-stands, and casual dining.

Mexico City: Arriving on Saturday, leaving on Monday or Tuesday. We are probably staying in Roma area but are fine traveling pretty much anywhere in the city if the food is worth the trip. I've already read this thread, which was super useful: and pretty much everything sounds good. Here are places I'm thinking about going…help me prioritize, since unfortunately I won't have much time!

Café el Popular – recommended by kukubura

Coox Hanal for Yucatecan

Lagunilla Flea Market for various snacks or La Merced ? Or both?

Breakfast at Fonda Margarita. This sounded great, but other breakfasts/bakeries would be great too. Almost definitely not looking for a fancy breakfast.

El Hidalguense for bbq?

El Huequito for tacos al pastor….but are there other places that people recommend more?

A friend recommended going to Coyoacan for chocolate and churros, but didn't specifically say where. Ideas? Will this be better or worse than Churros el Convento or Churreria El Moro? Would Sunday evening be OK for all of these?

Contramar – Good option for lunch?

Any other must-stop Mexico city places or certain foods I MUST try? Specific stalls in markets that we should look for would be great as well.

I will probably start a different thread about meals in Oaxaca, and I've already been participating in this thread: - I'll add in a link to the other thread once I post it.

We are trying to figure out where to go in between the big cities….we're looking for somewhere in the countryside, with opportunities to hike/explore/get off the beaten path. If any destinations had great food, that could definitely sway us….so, if anyone can comment on food (or food-related experiences) in any of these places, that'd be great!

Valle Nacional
Ixtlan de Juarez

Apoala Valley

Pueblos Mancomunados

Thanks very much for any advice or tips in advance!

Dave MP