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bikerider56 Mar 30, 2008 05:27 AM

Just home from some weeks of travel and eating around Mexico and would like to share some of my personal bests of the trip. In a couple of cases I can't be really specific as to location because I don't remember.

Best Fish:

Pescado a la Veracruzana name escapes bit on the waterfront by the navy ship (not on it) in Boca del Rio Veracruz. Yes that dish is served in a 1000 places around the country but that took it to a new level. Runner up is a place called Pascal in Puerto Escondido...not really Mexican in style but run by a sure hand at the grill with all that great fish brought off the boats every morning!. Also a great, great feed of ostiones empanizada in a beach palapa Playa Roca Blanca Oaxaca

Best Frijoles

La Hacienda on Avenida Oaxaca Puerto Escondido. Ok it was not just the frijoles but everything they served us there was stellar..enfrijoladas, carne asada, bistec mexicana , super tortillas a mano from the clay comal, tlayudas and an amazing looking commida corrida that we missed. All that plus good service from a family just moved in from Mexico City. $10-12 a person and you are filled, tipped out and had a couple of beers, find that in North America anywhere!

Best Classy Joint

Hostal de las Brisas off the far west end of Avenida Juarez in Puebla. Lots of upscale places in the zone and some of them are excellent but this one stands out to me. Speciality is spit roasted cabrito, done to perfection need I say more? Ok maybe, wonderful array of house salsas, wide variety of beef and pork cuts, super attentive and pro service. Prices are higher than usual for Mexico but I could not eat another bite and my quarter cabrito entree was $16.

Tortas

Are everywhere but they are different and better than in your standard US sub joint. FYI there is a good torta stand in the DF airport in the walkway to the long distance bus ramp. Best torta of the trip was in a fonda outside the Xalapa bus station, Torta Hawaianesa.

Best Enchiladas

Had a few great plates of enchiladas but outstanding was in Benito Juarez Mercado in Oaxaca. If you walk in through the hall full of carne asada stands and can actually resist stopping there, thenturn left as you exit into the main market and it is the second fonda on the left. Enchiladas en Mole Rojo.

Best Burger

Outdoor stand in Colonia Roma corner of Morelia and Colima just off Alvaro Obregon and near Hotel Stanza (excellent hotel). Also in the area some excellent English style draft beer at a pool hall corner of Orizaba and Tabasco. The whole Condesa/Roma area was new to me and filled with great places to eat

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  1. Anonimo RE: bikerider56 Mar 31, 2008 03:48 AM

    "Best Burger

    Outdoor stand in Colonia Roma corner of Morelia and Colima just off Alvaro Obregon and near Hotel Stanza (excellent hotel). Also in the area some excellent English style draft beer at a pool hall corner of Orizaba and Tabasco. The whole Condesa/Roma area was new to me and filled with great places to eat"

    Thanks for that info! We once went by that stand, on the recommendation of Lonely Planet Mexico, but it seemed a bit "iffy", safety-wise, so we ended up at the ok but nothing special Bisquits, Bisquits Obregón.
    Every time we are in Colonia Roma Norte, I've wanted to have a burger at that place, but haven't done so.

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      bikerider56 RE: Anonimo Mar 31, 2008 04:53 PM

      Actually went up the street to have a plate of enchiladas after the burger and wished I had just had another burger, went to see the lucha libre at Arena de Mexico nearby after eating; when we walked back after the fights at 11 PM the burger stand was happening with every kind of person from kids with tats to folks that had their cab waiting while they picked up a sack full

      there is a wonderful pozole place right on Obregon that serves nice OJ early in the AM . Agreed that Bisquets is mediocre. Funny though, mediocre in Mexico like VIPS and Sanborns is just so much batter than back home

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        SusanB RE: bikerider56 Apr 3, 2008 08:10 AM

        Bisquets may be mediocre, but I do love their biscuits with cajeta in the morning. With a cafe con leche, it's a perfect breakfast.

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          Anonimo RE: bikerider56 Apr 3, 2008 12:24 PM

          When we were last in Colonia Roma Norte, people were lined up in front of Tamales Emporio, at the corner of Alvaro Obregon and Orizaba. I was just looking over their pamphlet, and the Tamales Vercruzanos looked especially appealing among the several varieties.

          This is their website: http://www.tamales.com.mx/
          I'd the impression from the standees in line that it was all "para llevar", but from the website one sees restaurants with seating.

          I plan to check this out more closely in about 3 weeks from now.

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