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Good eats in Condesa DF?

Hi! I am headed to Mexico City in a few weeks and I am looking for some recommendations in the Condesa neighborhood. I will be staying there and I have heard there are lots of good restaurants in the area. Has anyone been or does anyone have recommendations? My budget is mixed. I can do an expensive night or two out but would want to balance that with less expensive nights. I will be there for 4 days. Thanks!!

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  1. Scrolling down a bit, you'll see this post:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/761933

    for Azul Condesa. I had a fantastic dinner there...one of the best pieces of fish I've ever had.

    1. Cool, thanks! That is totally the sort of thing i am looking for. perfect. definitely on my list :)

      1. I just came back from MEX City. We had great steak tacos at EL CALIFA.

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        1. re: Ora

          To each his/her own...I live in la Condesa and recently ate at El Califa after a friend on another board said it was fabulous. Well...*sigh*. IMHO, it was extraordinarily overpriced and mediocre at best. Both my partner and I ordered house specialties, spent a total of about 200 pesos, and left hungry. We are talking about orders of ordinary tacos, not a full meal. I heartily do not recommend El Califa.

          Azul, on the other hand, is out of this world. After three meals there, I give it four stars for food, three for service, and four for ambiance. Dress well, make a reservation, and have a ball. Don't miss the buñuelos de pato con mole negro--we order them as an appetizer for three or four people. In a couple of weeks, I will review Azul on Mexico Cooks!--watch for it.

          I also strongly recommend Restaurante Flor de Lis, Calle Huichapan 21--not the tamales takeout place, but the full sit-down restaurant. Last time I was there, I had the enmoladas and they were extremely good. Traditional old-timy place, just wonderful.

          Email me, FrankieLaRue, and let's talk about where else to eat. patalarga@baddog.com

          Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

          1. re: cristina

            Wow, well, I am a fan of El Califa but I'm not a fan of everything on the menu. I can understand leaving disappointed. The Gaonas are supposed to be a house specialty but left me flat, and I've had better rib eye.

            Some things I've really liked or loved there: costilla, arrachera, bistec, the coffee, the flan. Also just the fresh-made tortillas. And I find the al pastor quite good. Some other things I won't be ordering again: the costra de pastor and the pollo al pastor.

            But what I love most is their salsa asada. I *adore* that salsa. If all the food were mediocre I'd still go back just for it. It's the chunky one, molcajetada, usually with stems of cilantro and pieces of chile de arbol surviving the grind. If anybody offers a comparable salsa asada I'd love to know about it.

            Thumbs up also for Azul Condesa and Flor de Lis, especially the tamales. (I think somebody once recommended their chilaquiles but I wouldn't. There's much better out there, El Bajío for instance.)

        2. El Tizoncito in Tamaulipas street has very traditional tacos al pastor, and late hours.

          http://www.eltizoncito.com.mx/

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          1. re: mjs

            We also tried El Tizoncito in MEX City last week and enjoyed it. Inexpensive prices and good service.

            1. re: Ora

              I used to live in La Condesa and I loved El Tizoncito. I tried El Califa too and I know for some people it's all about the sauces or the tortillas there but for me, it was bof. El Tizoncito's tacos al pastor were, for me, the best. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. On a hot day those tacos and a beer are all I need.....

              If you're looking for something far off the beaten path but so good and so cheap there is a small shop/ stand/ window with a few old ladies in working in there that make great lunch. I think you can get chicken tacos in a flour tortilla with salsa verde for instance, for like 20 pesos. They have a name but I don't remember it. Find the hotel in Condesa, The Red Tree House (I think it's on Culican?) and it's across the street from there (moving away from Parque Mexico). There is a small bodega and the ladies are right next to it. Go during lunch and you'll see the line.

              OH! And you have to go to El Diez!!! It's amazing Argentine steak. There are a few locations in Condesa but the one on Alfonso Reyes, I think, is the best. SO good.

              Enjoy!

              Caitlin Zaino | www.TheUrbanGrocer.com

              1. re: TheUrbanGrocer

                > I tried El Califa too and I know for some people it's all about the sauces or the tortillas

                Well, what a nice thing to say. Yes, all I really care about are salsas and tortillas.

                1. re: TheUrbanGrocer

                  My advice as far as tacos al pastor -- well really La Condesa doesn't have the best options. El Califa is decent, not the best. I'm not a big fan of El Tizoncito, which is not to say that it's bad, but it doesn't live up to its ratings, so to speak. I've had some really excellent al pastor at El Faraón ("El Califake" -- an offshoot by ex-Califa people) in Roma Norte on Oaxaca. By which I mean crispy and roasty yet suave and juicy. That's my standard for al pastor. I've never gotten that from El Tizoncito. The best al pastor I've ever had was at El Huequito in Centro. It's worth the short metro ride, or however you get there.

            2. We had a very enjoyable dinner last June, 2010 at El Racó, on Avenida Sonora. The cuisine is Catalan influenced. Service was superb.

              In a totally different category, Parrilla Quilmes (I believe it's on Av. Alfonso Reyes) is the best Argentine style steakhouse we've dined in.