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Oct 15, 2009 02:11 PM

Breakfast in Mexico City

Besides El Cardenal, what shouldn't i miss?

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  1. I vote not to miss Sunday morning breakfast at Café Tacuba. A lot of people think it's a cliché and roll their eyes, but the last time I was there, the food was terrific, the service just fine, and the ambiance was lovely up-scale Mexican. Pan dulce hot from the oven, excellent coffee, and a full menu of all kinds of breakfasts made our late-morning meal a delight. And you can't overlook the joyful estudiantines--musicians and singers--who really liven up the joint. Go.

    PS: Make sure you go to El Cardenal at the Sheraton Alameda, it's by far the better.

    ETA: Sorry, I hadn't read your other post re Mexico City. I'm glad to have echoed your thoughts.


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    1. re: cristina

      I will second the Cafe Tacuba.I went there with KR, my cousin, his wife, and daughter from Toluca and we had a wonderful time there. The eggs in mole was delicious, delightful ambiance, and a beautiful setting.

      1. re: streetgourmetla

        I have not been to Cafe Tacuba for breakfast, but I have been there for other meals and I think it is a lovely restaurant. The food is great and so is the ambiance, I find it a very original restaurant

    2. Sak's (there are diferent locations), Le Petite Cluny, Barbacoa de Murillo, Mixcoac (there´s live music, a real norteño band with an acordeon), Club Libanés on Avenida Toluca, Cafetería del Club Hípico Rancho San Francisco in Desierto de los Leones....there are some nice breakfast places on Altavista....

      1. Definitely do not miss El Cardenal. I've read about the conchas (sweet bread) at Bondy in Polanco but maybe someone who has been there can report on the rest of their breakfast items. Apparently, these are the best conchas in DF.

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        1. re: Mari

          I second Bondy. Their conchas are out of this world. Actually, a few weeks ago I hosted a Mexico City concha-roll taste test on my blog, and Bondy was the clear winner. Link here: Nothing else at Bondy rivals the conchas, but the food is above average, I'd say. I enjoyed their chilaquiles, which they douse in a creamy poblano sauce. It's an interesting variation on the usual chilaquiles.

          1. re: danebaxter

            I do not as a rule like Sanborn's (having gone to many all over Mexico) but there are two in the city that really are beautiful - the Casa de los Azulejos in the centro historico and one in the Hotel Geneve in the Zona Rosa.

            1. re: bronwen

              Both of those Sanborns are indeed beautiful. Unfortunately, the food served is still...what can I say...Sanborns.


              1. re: cristina

                But for b/fast, I thought that the one in the centrol historico was fine and the location was gorgeous.

        2. If you're willing to splurge and don't mind being surrounded by upscale tourists, the breakfast buffet at the Four Seasons Hotel is simply amazing. The fruit selection alone is worth the price (and what a price it is). Authentic Mexican hot chocolate, pan dulce, and egg dishes are included as well. I have a particular affinity for the homemade granola, myself. And a glorious setting, in the hotel's garden. Surprisingly, I've noticed as many Mexicans as gringos in attendance.

          1. Pastelería Maque off of Parque México in Condesa