Mexico Travels -Our Best Meals in 2019
Dulce Vida Travel had an outstanding year! We hosted tours to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City & Valle de Guadalupe, and had some amazing meals with our guests. Please enjoy this list and join us in 2020!
As one can imagine, Mexico City has thousands of outstanding restaurants, at the forefront of Mexican culinary movement. These are the meals that really stand out, due to the authenticity of the dish, the service, and ambiance.
San Angel Inn is a former hacienda, located across the street from Diego Studios in the Colonia de San Angel. San Angel Inn is one of the most lavish restaurants in Mexico City. Their claim to fame, along with great food and elegant ambiance, is Pancho Villa & Emiliano Zapata, met there in the early 1900s to sign a unity pact. The Mole Negro was outstanding and to my surprise, better than the mole I have tasted in Puebla. San Angel Inn also has a bakery with outstanding butter cookies.
Saks, also located in the San Angel neighborhood, located across the street from the Plaza Jacinto is a standout. I make this claim to all my clients “The best breakfast you have ever tasted” and they all agree. Saks breakfast offerings include fresh juice, fruit, bread (straight from their stone oven), coffee, and dishes like chilaquiles and huevos de la campaña (poached eggs with spinach, Camembert and sun-dried tomato sauce). Saturday is the best day to visit, as you can also enjoy “Bazar Sabado”. Plaza Jacinto hosts artists, as well as street vendors, selling Mexican Silver & affordable art.
La Casa de Las Sirena is located in Centro Historico, with spectacular views of the Cathedral and Templo Mayor. A top favorite, as they offer excellent authentic cuisine, great service, and fun cocktails.
Street Tacos & Churros in La Condesa – Mexico City is most famous for their street tacos right? I played it safe and signed up for a street taco tour offered by @TastyBitestours. We had an amazing experience, the best al pastor & shrimp tacos ever, and with the perfect ending churros! Sign up for a walking tour and get to know La Condesa neighborhood.
El Tizoncito (Tamaulipas 122): Tacos al pastor & drink.
El Pescadito (Atlixco 38): Tacos de camaron\chile relleno.
El Greco (Michoacan 54): Tacos Árabe with Oaxacan cheese, chicken with avocado taco & mushrooms with Oaxacan cheese.
El Moro (Michoacan 27): Churros with cajeta, chocolate, and condensed milk dipping sauces.
San Miguel de Allende MX
San Miguel de Allende is my favorite Mexican Heritage town, and where I rediscovered my Mexican heritage. This small town is host to well over 100 restaurants, and carries the title “The Best Small City in the World”.
La Posadita is my #1 favorite restaurant in San Miguel de Allende. The views from the roof terrace, with the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel on one side and the surrounding hills and mountains just visible from the other, are a major part of its charm. Outstanding service accompanies the generous portions of Mexican fare which includes fajitas, stuffed chilies, and cochinita pibil Yucatan-style shredded pork marinated with orange juice. Pozole, a homely broth beloved across Mexico and a cornerstone of the country’s food culture, is regularly available at weekends and well worth trying. Margaritas from the bar, including a tamarind-flavored twist on the classic recipe, are expertly made and uniformly well-received, making La Posadita the perfect spot to unwind after a day’s sight-seeing. Great place to celebrate a birthday.
Rosewood Hotel Sunday Brunch is the only city resort in San Miguel de Allende, we love it because the Rosewood Hotel brings a new level of cultural sophistication and quiet elegance. We treat ourselves on Sunday, as they offer an exceptional brunch, to include all the favorites, chilaquiles, fresh corn tortillas, and so much more! We loved the courtyard ambiance, the service and best of all the Otomi patterned tablecloths, so special. Rosewood also has an outstanding rooftop bar, offering outstanding views of San Miguel de Allende.
La Sirena Gorda located in Centro Historico is a little different, the meals are satisfying, but the ambiance is outstanding. They specialize in fish tacos, they have festive music in the evening, fun atmosphere, and very cute décor of fat mermaids.
Augustin Chocolates and Churros Café – You should not leave San Miguel without trying thick and creamy hot chocolates and delicious hot churros. These famous Mexican delicacies at San Agustin Chocolates and Churros Café and Restaurant, also serve some wholesome Mexican breakfasts including some spectacular enchiladas. A “to go” line is always available if the wait time is too long.
Valle de Guadalupe
The Valle de Guadalupe is a hidden treasure located 90 minutes south of San Diego. The Valle de Guadalupe is referred to as the new “Napa Valley”, as the Valle now offers exceptional world-class wineries and cuisine experiences. I partnered with W. Scott Koenig, owner of “A Gingo in Mexico” check out his latest blog: https://agringoinmexico.com/2019/12/12/2019-top-10-baja-bites/
Deckman’s El Mogor Michelin star Chef, Drew Deckman, created a sustainable “Farm to Table” restaurant and is recognized as one of the top restaurants not just in Baja, but in Mexico. Everything is sourced locally or on the property. All their wine, vegetables, herbs, lamb, olive oil, and eggs are estate grown or produced on the Mogor Ranch.
La Cocina Dona Esthela-“ Dona Esthela was nominated “Best Breakfast in the World” by FoodieHub. We enjoyed the machaca con huevos (dried beef with eggs), pan de elote (cornbread) and chorizo con huevos (spiced sausage with eggs). Her breakfast is described as “rural Sinaloa Style”.
Animalón is celebrity chef Javier Plascencia’s seasonal pop-up restaurant on the property of Finca Altozano. Javier and chef de cuisine Oscar Torres, have created a tasting menu of regional and Baja Mediterranean influenced dishes using only local ingredients. Animalón’s outdoor “dining room” is nestled in the boughs of a 200-year old live oak, endemic to the region. Animalón appears to be a somehow magical cross between ultra-fine dining, a norteño summertime BBQ, and outdoor natural experience. Dishes include oak barrel-smoked red abalone with crispy heirloom beans and Oaxacan pasilla oil.
Hache- During our stay at Maglen Resort, we were over the top impressed with Hache. Along with fun color and décor, they offered an outstanding farm to table breakfast brunch. It was fun to enjoy breakfast and visit their gardens, as part of the experience.
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