(hopefully the first of 3 posts on my week in mexico city and oaxaca)
The mexico city airport is not a promising place to find excellent food. The airport is pretty small to begin with, and the food court is almost all multinational chain restaurants (mcdonalds, burger king) and mexican chains (red baron, taco inn), a few upscale theme park restaurants ("La Cantina"), and a couple nondescript asian restaurants (picture "Chinese Food" in block letters on the sign, open trays of soy browned rice and chicken). I hate to call it exploring, but you know how, if you are going to find something special in a place like this, it's going to be at most 50 feet from where all the other restaurants are, and it's going to have almost no foot traffic.
The place is called Tacañon, and I had one of the best meals of my vacation there. It looked like a lot of small restaurants I had seen around the city selling typical Mexico City fare (Tacos de Guisado, tacos al pastor, tacos de bistec, licuados and fruit) and some less typical fare for Mexico City (tamales, tacos de mole negro). It wasn't dressed up, standardized, or paraded about at all -- just good home cooking. I had two tacos (they were way, way stuffed); the first one was a "guisado" with shredded chicken and peppers stewed in an extremely flavorful sauce and the second one was a "mole negro" with shredded chicken and rice. The guisado stood out -- it was flavorful and full of soul, and the mole was very good as well. The horchata y jamaica (flavored horchata) drink I had to go was absolutely perfect.
I just wonder how they got there, and how long they will stay there, as there's nothing else like them at the airport. They're not part of a chain (I asked).
Some directions: Go to the international terminal food court upstairs (there's a McDonalds there, not a Burger King). Go past the row of restaurants (Taco Inn, Chinese food, the Helado del Future) and turn right down a hallway that looks like a dead end. Go up a slight ramp; they're on the left. Their phone number is 3094-0189.
If you check them out, please respond here -- I'd like to know how they're doing.
Also, Before finding Tacañon, I tried Taco Inn. I had a taco árabe with pork (couldn't resist the idea). Competent. Really good guacamole. I'd definitely eat there if they were in New York.