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Dec 19, 2008 09:10 AM

Xmas Lunch/Dinner in Mexico City?

Hi there, you Hounders have great info on Mexico City so I'm hoping you can help me. Meal (lunch or early dinner) for 2 with Mom, Christmas Day. She'll probably want her turkey and stuffing and I would do that too, although a little Mexican twist would be welcome. Looking for something nice and leisurely, price not really an object. Ideas? Thanks!

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  1. I am going to be in Mexico City on Christmas day, too! I would also appreciate a recommendation - I don't care if it is Christmas food. I would prefer Mexican food or something else that we can't get at home in Ohio. Sorry to glom on to your thread, Beth, but I was glad to see you'd already started one!

    1. I just came home from Mexico City and am sorry to report that all of the restaurants where we ate--from high end to low end--have signs posted in their windows or on their doors saying that they will be closed on Christmas Day.

      Christmas dinner on Christmas Day isn't traditional in Mexico. The big party is on the night of the 24th, and many restaurants, from the Denny's-like VIPs right on up the scale, offer *cena navideña* (Christmas dinner) late that night. Reservations are essential.

      At home, a family might well stay up all night, having dinner after midnight Mass and the opening of presents after the long, elaborate meal. Most gift-giving still takes place on January 6, though--el Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day).

      Christmas Day is usually a day to sleep late after the big night before.


      1. I believe that the Hacienda de Tlalpan is open all year. It's in the southern part of the city and the setting is stunning, especially at night. The food was good to very good when I ate there a few years ago.

        Here's the link for the English version of their web page. The Eventos Especiales link will take you to the menus for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Their regular menu is also available somewhere on the web site.

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        1. re: DiningDiva

          Christmas day is a very difficult one for restaurants in Mexico, I would recomend one of the big hotels Four Seson's, Camino Real , the W.
          good luck

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Public transportation is iffy at best on Christmas Day, and Tlalpan is a very long way from the beaten tourist path. I wouldn't want to depend on taxis or the tren ligero for getting there and back on Christmas afternoon or evening.


          2. Thanks to DiningDiva. Hacienda de Tlalpan was indeed open, stunning and delicious, and we had no trouble getting a cab there and back (and bonus, no traffic). A great recommendation.
            Cafe Tacuba in the old city was open for Christmas Eve dinner too for anyone else looking for Xmas dining.

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            1. re: chowbeth

              Thanks so much for reporting back, chowbeth. So often we all ask questions like yours and never know what the outcome was. It's great that you and your Mom had such a good time.