The cuisine in the Mexican capital is as vast as it is rich in flavors. There are so many currents converging at this place, it is impossible to take them all in, in just a few days: there are luxurious places for those trying to get up to date on the latest food trends, traditional places to try typical food, markets and tianguis (open air markets) where you will be able to taste pre-Hispanic Mexico.
In all of these places you will find tasty alternative for eating during Lent. One thing is certain: there is no reason not to delight the palate. One option is to visit traditional Mexican food restaurants, where indigenous recipes, prepared without meat, have been brought back to life. On their menus you will find pumpkin pancakes topped with tomato sauce, huauzontles with egg batter, in a chile ancho sauce, romeritos in black mole, bean and lentil soup and other delicacies.
During Holy Week, seafood restaurants are among the most visited places. Order grilled fish, an order of octopus tacos, shaved oysters – served in their shell, with Worcestershire sauce, chopped onion and chile –. There are many options from which to choose.
You can also visit the markets and tianguis (open air markets), where you will find quesadillas with a large variety of stews to choose as a filling (squash blossom, quelites, huitlacoche, potato slices, string cheese, mushrooms, fungi ...). The tlacoyos are one of the tastiest and healthiest typical delicacies: order them filled with beans or cottage cheese, with nopalitos (cacti leaves), cheese and sauce on top. The vegetable garden on your plate!
Need more options? In Mexico City you will find many vegetarian restaurants, where you will find fresh food, prepared with seasonal ingredients.
Where to eat
This restaurant, serving typical Mexican food, has several locations. To begin, order puffed gorditas with piloncillo (brown sugar) and anise, picadas with red or green sauce, or small banana empanadas filled with beans. Among the meatless specialties, you will find bean tamales with avocado leaves, crab tacos Xico style wrapped in banana leaves and huauzontle pancakes in chile pasilla or tomato sauce.
Alejandro Dumas 7, col. Polanco
El Jardin del Pulpo
There is a saying in Mexico: “the best places to eat are those having the most customers”. This statement is true, especially for seafood restaurants. Those offering the most appetizing, sanitary and price worthy dishes are always the busiest. One of these is El Jardin del Pulpo (The Garden of the Octopus), located in the historic district of Coyoacan. Here, they serve seafood arriving daily from Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas and Sinaloa. Order oysters in their shell, chiles stuffed with seafood, whole fish and shrimp tacos. You’ll be more than satisfied.
Mercado 89, col. Del Carmen, Coyoacan
La Ruta de la Seda
In this quiet place, you will find an organic menu featuring fresh and local ingredients. Enjoy a salad prepared with seasonal fruits and flower petals, a delicious vegetable empanada or a quiche (French egg tart) with mushrooms. Along with these order a tasty Mayan tea, with cornflowers and cocoa chunks.
Aurora 1 esq. Pino, Barrio de Santa Catarina, Coyoacán