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10 Foodie Spots In Mexico City You Need To Try Before You Die

You can find truly amazing stuff in Ciudad de México: beautiful architecture, world-class museums, un montón de lluvia…

But we’re here, as ever, to specifically discuss FOOD. This is some of the best restaurants (and bars, because, come on) México City has to offer:

Ave María

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Nestled in the heart of CdMX’s Coyoacan borough, Ave María is the perfect place to have a leisurely, boozy brunch. Their selections are both innovative and delicious. For example, check out the squash blossom omelet, which is “perfumado con epazote y servido con salsa de chile poblano.”

El Mercado de San Juan

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Every delicacy you can think of can be found at El Mercado de San Juan. Think of it as “El Mercado de Las Carnes Exóticas,” where you can dine on bison, lion, rabbit and more. They also offer fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of cheeses, fancy baguette sandwich stands and coffee kiosks for a caffeine boost while you shop. But if you’re looking for just some ol’ fashioned enchiladas verdes, look no further than Adela’s comida corrida.

Ojo de Agua

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¿Se te antojas comida orgánica? This little spot in the Condesa neighborhood offers just that. Their “guanábana-deli” sandwich has four — FOUR — kinds of cheeses and a special salsa made with guanábana fruit, almonds, spinach, cilantro and chile de árbol. They also sell cute bottles of salsa that make for good recuerditos for your jealous friends back home.

El Sazón Oaxaqueño

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Don’t be fooled by the mysterious storefront, El Sazón Oaxaqueño is a special place with enormous dishes en el estilo Oaxaqueño, including lots of dishes made with nopal and delicious Oaxacan cheese. We recommend that you go during breakfast and get the chilaquiles; they’re real cheap and made with lots of love.

Bósforo

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In the depths of the Alameda neighborhood, behind a heavy black curtain lies Bósforo, a mezcaleria known for its on-point DJ, superb mezcal menu and some tasty antojitos.

Mercado Roma

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Spend an afternoon wandering around the Mercado Roma, an indoor market with dozens of artisanal options from Japanese tacos to grasshopper bonbons. It’s a terrific place to spend a rainy day…and extremely Instagram-able, if that happens to be important to you.

La Joya

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Located a few blocks away from El Zócalo, Pastelería La Joya isn’t only a great bakery, it also happens to be one of Mexico City’s best greasy spoons. Order the chilaquiles con pollo y huevo, it will be the best $2 you’ll ever spend. Bonus: Here’s a lovely video that shows treats being prepared at La Joya.

Café La Pagoda

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A lively 24-hour, diner-style restaurant in the heart of el Centro Histórico, Café La Pagoda has been around for ages. Although the name might throw you off, it does indeed serve Mexican fare. All meals are made with super fresh ingredients. Pro tip: The way the waitresses make café con leche is a performance you don’t want to miss.

Cine Tonalá Roma Sur

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Part movie theater, part performance space, part restaurant Cine Tonalá is a staple in the Roma neighborhood. All meals are super decadent and hearty, like their “mac & pulpo.”

Pulquería Las Duelistas 

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Pulque, as some say, is the Aztec version of beer. It’ll take a lot for this fermented beverage to get you drunk. Downtown, Las Duelistas, serves it up right. Plus, they feature live music as an extra treat.

READ: A Pizza Shop in Mexico is Feeding and Motivating the Homeless in the Simplest Way

Where do you go to eat and drink (and eat and eat and drink and drink) in CdMX? Let us know; we’re hungry. 

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

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Pandemia. Brote. Vacuna. La Peste. Although you may find these terms in a glossary about the Covid-19 outbreak, that’s not what these words actually refer to. Instead, they’re options on the menu at a Mexican taqueria called “Tacovid: Sabor Viral”, a perhaps surprisingly very successful Coronavirus-themed restaurant.

Although to many having a Covid-themed taqueria may seem morbid or disrespectful or perhaps gross – I mean who wants to order a plague taco? – the taqueria is making light of a very serious situation with humor. Something that several other businesses have done since the pandemic began.

”Tacovid: Sabor Viral” is the Mexican taqueria going viral – pun intended – for its Covid-themed menu.

Ok…virus-themed tacos don’t exactly sound appetizing. Especially, as we’re still in the midst of a very real pandemic. But one 23-year-old man in the Mexican city of León, who was forced to close down his dance studio because of Coronavirus, is counting on a Covid-themed restaurant – and so far he’s been surprised by its success.

Brandon Velázquez converted his dance academy into a taquería at the end of July, and given that Mexico and the rest of the world was – and is – in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic decided to call it Tacovid Sabor Viral.

“I had to close my dance academy during the pandemic [but] then an opportunity arose to return to the same place, however, people still did not go out for fear of getting infected.” he told the newspaper El Universal.

“I had always wanted to open a taqueria and, at the end of July, the opportunity to do so occurred. It was how I took advantage of the moment to create this business with a coronavirus theme,” he added.

Items on the menu are named after – you guessed it – the Coronavirus and don’t sound like anything you’d willfully choose to order.

The young entrepreneur detailed the name of each dish, taking full advantage of the Coronavirus theme.

“We have around 12 different dishes, among them are the ‘Tacovid’; we have ‘Forty’, ‘Quesanitizing’, ‘Pandemic’, ‘Outbreak’, and many others. The price varies depending on the dish you order,” he told El Universal.

In addition to themed dishes, the servers also fit the Coronavirus-theme.

When the pandemic hit Mexico, the government urged Mexicans to observe “su sana distancia” and the now common mascot – Susana Distancia – was born.

“In the restaurant, a waitress dressed as a nurse with the name of ‘Susana’ takes orders and works the tables, referring to the healthy distance campaign that was implemented as a precautionary measure,” he says.

To his surprise – and honestly mine as well – the taqueria has been very successful.

Brandon told El Universal that he’s been pleasantly surprised by the support he has received from customers. “I’m surprised because we have had really good sales, despite the circumstances, we have had a lot of support by the community and we’ve already expanded to have two locations.”

“Customers are funny about the theme we are using in the business, and they are delighted with the dishes we are offering. They enjoy it and have a good time,” added Brandon.

Things are looking so good for Brandon and his Covid-themed taqueria, that he’s looking to expand the food business and add new dishes to the menu. “There is always the idea of new names for other dishes that we want to include in the menu.”

Brandon also said that he’s looking to build out a business model so the restaurant could expand to other parts of the country as a franchise.

Apparently, people are really into Covid-themed foods, as this isn’t the first place that a shop as cashed in on the pandemic. Back in April, a panadería was selling out of Covid-themed baked goods so quickly, they couldn’t keep the shelves stocked.

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Shocked Workers Find A ‘Giant Rat’ Inside Mexico City’s Sewer System

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Shocked Workers Find A ‘Giant Rat’ Inside Mexico City’s Sewer System

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The year 2020 seems to be the year that just won’t stop throwing us curve balls. In its latest attempt to shock and terrorize us, workers in Mexico City’s sewer system have found what appears to be a giant rat inside the system. The photos and video are straight out of a horror film.

Some on social media quickly wondered if this wasn’t an actual Master Splinter of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame. But it turns out that the ‘giant rat’ has a far more normal origin story.

Images of a ‘giant rat’ from Mexico City’s sewer system quickly went viral on social media.

In what many are calling another sign of the apocalypse brought to us by the year 2020, Mexico City cleanup crews discovered what looked like a monster drowned rat while dredging the sewers. The giant-size “rodent” was part of 22 tons of litter the workers had removed from the city’s drainage tunnels following heavy rains, according to the Border Report.

During the cleanup process, the workers reportedly turned a corner and encountered what they described as a “giant rat,” which sat hunched over and sported incredibly realistic fur. As it turns out, the ’giant rat’ was actually a Halloween prop that had been washed out of its warehouse by the storm. The decoration somehow ended up in the labyrinthine network of sewer tunnels, where it sat undiscovered for years — until now.

Apparently, the ‘giant rat’ was a homemade Halloween decoration that went missing after a rainstorm.

Since the ‘rodents’ discovery, a woman named Evelin López has come forward to claim the rat, which she reportedly created from scratch for Halloween. Lopez said it had gone missing “years ago” during a torrential downpour, and no one could help her retrieve it.

Fortunately, the monster rat appears to be in safe hands — as a now-viral video shows it being hosed off on the street by sewer workers after being rescued from its subterranean lair. Witnesses told El universal that they marveled at the “beast’s” naturalistic appearance, and as can be expected many admitted that they’d of gone running in fear if they had seen it on the street.

The rat’s rightful owner said she has no idea what to do with her “Princess Bride”-evoking prop. Social-media pundits suggest recycling the beast for this year’s Halloween festivities — provided they hose it off a few more times first.

Unfortunately, the rat was discovered only because crews cleaned up debris after a woman drowned following torrential rains.

The ‘giant rat’ / Halloween prop was discovered to have caused a flood which drowned a 54-year-old woman trapped inside her apartment. The woman that died was named in local media reports as Doña Mari. She was 54 and drowned in her home after the water flooded into her residence.

The water caused furniture to move and block the door trapping her inside and drowning her. Her body was discovered by a neighbor, who went looking for her after realizing she wasn’t with other residents who had congregated outside after leaving their homes due to the flooding.

Authorities cleaned the drainage system in the area in hopes of reducing the flooding, and that is when they found the giant fake rat.

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