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Food (breakfast mostly) in Mexico City near Sheraton Santa Fe

OK, so I'm staying a few nights at the Sheraton Suites Santa Fe, which seems to be a little bit out of the main part of Mexico City: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h...

I can't wait to sample some of the great food from all spectrums of the D.F. food scene. I'm scouring this board looking for some dinner options (so many options, so little time). But for breakfast, I'm more limited in the places I go and need to find places nearby. Any ideas of places for a great breakfast places nearby the Sheraton?

Your thoughts and ideas are greatly appreciated.

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  1. Oh no! You were banished to the wastelands of Ruth Chris, TGIF & Corporate Hotel Restaurants! I think you are going to have a hard time there... as there isn't much residential around... and what little there is... are 20,000 sq ft homes with full kitchen staffs!

    Actually.. there I think some of the residential skyscrapers must be up & populated by now... you might try to see if they have businesses on the ground floor (as is common in the older high rise apartment buildings).

    1. Given the Santa Fe location & morning traffic... you might be better off hoping on the Highway towards Toluca to get to San Lorenzo Acopilco... the only thing is that you would probably be the first person ever to report on that area's Chow!

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      1. re: Eat_Nopal

        Add 6 bucks to the SLA breakfast- there's a 30 peso toll on the Toluca highway just a couple kilometers west of Santa Fe. But then it would be just a short dash to the cluster of restaurants called "La Marquesa" on a recent post on this board.
        I would think there would at least be a Sanborn's in Santa Fe by now?

        1. re: Veggo

          I am sure there is a Sanborn's... maybe a Biscuit with Mole from Bisquets Obregon would be a more Chowish choice?

          1. re: Eat_Nopal

            De verdad, but hitting La Marquesa would be a 'hound with cojones :)

            1. re: Veggo

              Oh no doubt =) Hell maybe we should send him into Naucalpan or the Lagunilla "Fayuca" market to say what kind of cojones he has!

              1. re: Eat_Nopal

                With a boom box playing ACDC's "I got big balls" .
                Where's the cobalt blue guy with the white sox when we need him most?

                1. re: Veggo

                  A $1 copy of ACDC no less... even better sung in perfect Nahautl by some 14 year old boy with green hair.

                2. re: Eat_Nopal

                  well, unfortunately meeting demands might prevent too much cajones proving, folks.

                  Maybe I can just ditch one day and head into the city proper... I do have a free evening however, that I hope to spend at one of the city's world-class restaurants. Recommendations on one that you feel particularly showcases Mexico's robust culinary prominence?

                  1. re: adamclyde

                    Now we're moving beyond breakfast which was your original subject, no problema. You will get good reco's in Polanco or up and down the Periferico. If you can arrange a Sunday stayover with no business commitments, an hour+ drive to Las Mananitas in Cuernavaca, with the peacocks roaming the lawns, will make a memory with a world-class brunch experience. It's been on my profile since day 1.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      What do you think about Antigua Hacienda de Tlalpan.... foods not bad, it has stayed true to 19th Century Franco-Mexican tradition... and talk about Peacocks! I would say its World Class.... probably somewhere in the Top 51 to 100 restaurants in the city?

                      Any Adam if you haven't alread done Pujol, Izote, or Aguila y Sol (temporarily closed)... I think that is the place to start. If you have we can talk about some of the other places... perhaps even Basque, Castillian, Classic French, Sushi etc.,

                      1. re: Eat_Nopal

                        all these recs are great. I haven't tried any as my travels in mexico yet to take me to the d.f. until now...

                        1. re: adamclyde

                          If its not too late.... Catadores (the premiere Wine Mag in Mex) reports of a place named "Papalo" that is the lone exception to Santa Fe's ascepticism.... they suppossedly have Veracruz style Coffee, some of the best Croissants in the city... and a killer breakfast Chile Relleno.

                          Maybe you will be the first to report on it =)

                          1. re: Eat_Nopal

                            thanks! Definitely will.

                            Well, based on the dearth of places, I've moved my hotel for the first few nights to just off of Chapultepec park... so now I'm in much better proximity to good food... Then the last night I'm at Santa Fe (where I'll try out Papalo for breakfast).

          2. re: Eat_Nopal

            LOL Toluca has some great food and you can get great chorizo tortas (sandwiches) int he down town square in Toluca. the place is called La Vaquita Negra and you can read more about it at http://fruitcakeornuts.blogspot.com/s...

          3. I know this is a year later, I wanted to give some tips for anyone looking for restaurants in Santa Fe (not recommended for tourists but business travelers often need to stay there to avoid hours of traffic getting to meetings).

            It's true, Santa Fe is not the most charming area in Mexico City....lots of high rises with corporate headquarters and the biggest mall in Latin America. However, because of the traffic many of DF's best restaurants have opened up satellite branches there, and the food is just as good as in the originals.

            La Mar and Segundo Muelle - both branches of cevicherias in Lima. Really outstanding.
            Bellaria - casual but delicious wood fired pizzas and pastas
            Brassica - expensive, but the only New England-style restaurant in all of DF
            Bros - french bistro, oysters
            El Pialadero - tortas ahogadas

            Other usual suspects up there that started in La Condesa are: La Ostra, Ligaya, Moshi Moshi (branch of Kaiten Sushi) Pendulo Cafe (inside the mall). These are fine choices, although not the most chow-y places out there.

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            1. re: gueraaven

              Thanks for the closure. I'm heading to the Santa Fe area next month and I'm glad to have your suggestions. I'll report back with anything new that I discover.

              1. re: gueraaven

                Good to see some extra ideas. Thanks for sharing.

                After I went last year, I ended up finding a very good spot, Los Canarios. At least the meal I had there was very, very good so I'm assuming it's consistently good. I wrote it all up on this post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/525003

                Have you tried it?

              2. There´s a Gorditas place at the shopping center, right in the fast food area, and very close to the gorditas there´s a place with great FRESH fruit juices. I once had a gordita (o.k., 3) and my mandarin&zapote juice and I was in heaven. There´s also a juice place on the 3rd floor close to the Cinemax. La Barraca Orraca, also in the shopping center is a very nice Mexican restaurant, sometimes while you wait they´d give customers a caballito of shrimp chilpachole or a lime ice popsicle. If you take a taxi and cross the Puentes de los Poetas you´ll be on another very different area of the city. Breakfast at the Club Hípico Rancho San Francisco (cross the breaches of the Poetas and take Calzada Las Aguilas downhill, pass HSBC, at the corner you´ll see a Pizza Benedetti, turn right, then right again, continue on that road, it would turn into a stone pavement, on Calzada Desierto de los Leones, turn right uphill, pass Academia de Policia, Edron, and at about 3 or 4 blocks you´ll see the sign for the Hípico on the right side) is great, try Huevos Veracruz or anything, the service is also good. On that side of town there´s also the Club Libanés, on Avenida Toluca, they have good Mexican breakfast dishes, and it is no expensive unless you go for their Sunday buffet. On the other side, in Lomas which is next to Santa Fe, if you take Reforma going downtown, there´s El Bajío.