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Mole in Mexico City?

seachick Nov 26, 2006 07:20 PM

A few years ago, maybe more than a few years, I went to a restaurant that specialized in all varieties of Mole. I would love to know if anyone knows of that or a similar restaurant. Thanks

  1. Eat_Nopal Nov 27, 2006 03:31 PM

    Do you remember the neighborhood... and whether it was upscale, midscale, or casual?

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      D Hound Nov 29, 2006 10:30 AM

      I am willing to bet money that, in Mexico City, you won't find better mole than at CASA MERLOS. Do a search in Chowhound (Mexico Board), and you should be able to find address and phone number (a must, since the restaurant is only open Thurs-Sun I THINK, and 2-5pm I THINK)

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        seachick Nov 30, 2006 11:53 AM

        Thanks for the reply. It was probably midscale and I don't quite remember the neighborhood - maybe Polanco.

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          Eat_Nopal Nov 30, 2006 03:22 PM

          I can't really think of any midscale restuarant specializing in moles in the Polanco area... that is usually very high rent & draws more of the contemporary & very high end places.

          But, near the revolution monument you will find Fonda Santa Clara which is a classic for Pueblan style moles... they typically have three versions (Poblano, Pipian Rojo, Pipian Verde) and if you go soon they will also have Mole de Espinazo (seasonal dish).


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          seachick Nov 30, 2006 01:23 PM

          Found this on another site: Do you recall that they are only open for lunch?

          I did go to Casa Merlos (behind the Escuela Preparatoria # 4, which is on Av. Observatorio) on a Friday afternoon (around 3:15pm). We had to wait about 15min for a table. It is a fairly simple, inexpensive restaurant. We had very tasty, very traditional poblano dishes (chalupas, mole with turkey, rajas). I will definetely go back in my next trip and try other dishes. Note that it is only open for lunch and closes Mon, Tue & Wed.

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            seachick Nov 30, 2006 01:26 PM

            One more: If you speak spanish this site has some nuggets


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            1. re: seachick
              cristina Nov 30, 2006 04:28 PM

              ¡Muy muchas gracias por apuntar este sitio!

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              D Hound Nov 30, 2006 03:14 PM

              Casa Merlos, Victoriano Zepeda 80, one block off Observatorio, Col. Tacubaya. Tel. 5277-4360.

              I highly recommend:
              - All of their moles (they often have at least 3 different offerings)
              - Chalupas (best I've ever had)
              - Manchamantel
              - Pipian

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