I'm a Seattle Chowhound coming down at the end of this week to do some hardcore eating in Mexico City, Puebla and San Juan del Rio, though the latter will be with friends that live there.
Our usual method for exploring giant foreign cities is to research a few local specialties, a few restaurants and then just wander about, get lost and make sure to walk at least as many miles as we have food stops (often as much as 12/day). We've got a total of 5 days in D.F. (though at least one is lost to the pyramids and maybe one more to the canals)
I'd love if people have guidance (either specific restaurants or just neighborhoods/streets that are great for wandering). We'll be two people and I spoke fluent Spanish at some point in my life, so I'm assuming it will return when we get there, so I'm not overly concerned about safety (though I've lived in Latin America and know enough to not be stupid).
So where is your favorite food? Best markets for eating or for buying things to bring home?
I've done some research and have the list below, which you should feel free to comment on. We'll be staying in Condesa but obviously visiting various areas, including the Zocalo. Is there a place that's further out that's worth the trip? Or are we better off just wandering near by?
Tacos Don Güero
Fonda el Refugio
Pablo el Erizo
Sanborns Los Azulejos
Place in front of Parque Morena..
cochinita pibil spot in Colonia Narvarte
best quesadillas ever, stand on Museo
Tacos El Güero
We're open to any budget, but since we like to get a bite or two at each place to fully sample, we don't tend to do super fancy places unless they're truly unique and unforgettable (we're leaning toward Mero Toro fitting that)
Thanks in advance for your help, and I look forward to updating you guys through the trip and after!