Mexico City has some of the most innovative high-end restaurants in the world. But at some point, you’re going to need a taco. Here are five of the best places, according to radio host, author, and lifelong Mexico City resident Julio Martínez Ríos.
Calle Bolívar 54, colonia Centro
Right outside the cantina Dos Naciones (a great late-night spot), this little taquería has amazing suadero (braised and seared beef) and fritanga (fried innards like tripe and sweetbreads). Don’t skip the salsa and radishes for garnish.
Corner of Masaryk and Oscar Wilde, colonia Polanco
In the middle of Masaryk Avenue (an affluent area) is a run-down 1980s Nissan van with a grill. Try a steak, a breaded chicken, or a suadero, with lots of toppings, like cactus, beans, potatoes, and serious salsas.
Taquerías Brasil Copacabana
San Juan de Dios 497, colonia Prado Coapa
The name comes from a theater that used to be at this spot. The owners of the taco stand outside the theater bought the building and converted it into a taquería mall, with sections for each specialty: pastor, bistec, suadero, costilla.
El Rincón de la Lechuza
Miguel Ángel de Quevedo 34, colonia Chimalistac
Students and professors from nearby National Autonomous University of Mexico give this taquería a middle-class intelligentsia vibe. Try the gringas, flour tortillas filled with pork and cheese.
Vértiz 1023, colonia Narvarte
This stand’s most famous taco is the cochinada (trash), made with meat scraps and burned cheese from the deep fryer. Worth a try, even if it’s just once.