A Foodie’s Guide to Eating in _____ is a delicious series exploring blogger’s favorite foodie cities! Each month, we’ll highlight a different city known for its culinary prowess, and hit the streets on search for best foods they have to offer. This month we travel to Mexico City, Mexico with Melissa from Parenthood and Passports as she shares her best tips for eating in Mexico City.
Eating in Mexico City
Mexico City is one of the world’s top culinary destinations. From street food to five star dining, this complex city has something that will appeal to any type of foodie traveler. Hailed for its incredible street food, dining in this cosmopolitan Latin American capital city doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, you can easily have a quality meal for less than $3 US. Eating street food is one of the best things to do in Mexico City. And when it comes to street food there are three culinary staples in Mexico City that are a must-try: tamales, tacos, and roasted corn.
Stroll down any main street in Mexico City in the morning, and you’ll find street vendors peddling small food carts, or selling tamales out of ice chests. Tamales come wrapped in a corn husk and are filled with a corn dough stuffed with perfectly spiced meat (typically pork). Vegetarians can also find tamales stuffed only with cheese in Mexico City.
Around lunch time, the tamales trucks and bicycles are replaced with taco carts. Street tacos in Mexico are served on a soft corn tortilla shell and filled with finely chopped or shredded meats and garnished with chopped onions, peppers, or cilantro. There is a wide variety of meat used to make street tacos. From traditional pork, chicken, or beef, to spicy chorizo, a pork sausage typically encased in the lining of the pig intestines, you’ll find plenty of options when it comes to tacos in Mexico City. You can even find these style of tacos at high-end restaurants like Sonora Grill along the swanky Paseo de la Reforma.
In the late afternoon, the air in Mexico City is filled with the delicious smell of roasted corn. While it is sometimes served on the cob, I prefer this tasty snack cooked street side in a seasoned wok and topped with a squeeze of lime juice.
If it is sweets you crave, find yourself a churro cart, or visit one of the El Moro Churros locations around the city to indulge in this cylinder-shaped pastry. Covered in sugar and cinnamon and served alongside a dipping sauce such as chocolate, this tasty treat will make you want to order more. It is the perfect ending to any meal!
Mexicans are passionate about their culture, and a source of deep cultural pride for them is their food. Upon tasting any of the authentic cuisine in Mexico, it is no wonder they take such pride in their food. Mexico City’s reputation as a foodie paradise has gotten out. It is a city that your taste buds will be begging to return to after just one visit.