When it comes to food in Mexico City there is nowhere else in the country where you can get such a high quality of cuisine options. I have spent the last four or five years traveling to most of the Mexican states and cities, and of course sampling the incredible food choices as I went. Following this little bit of amateur research, I have certainly discovered that the food in Mexico City is the very best that you will be able to find, and here is exactly why that is the case.
Best by State?
Now I have to point out here that I am not saying that the state of Mexico City is the origin of very best Mexican cuisine, far from it in fact. The reason as to why the food choices here are so much better than anywhere else in the country is because of the fact that the food from elsewhere in the country is all brought to the capital. This range of food means that you can enjoy the delights of Yucatan and Oaxaca, the delicious food from Tabasco or Michoacan, and enjoy it all in a city restaurant.
My good friend and chef Javier Burillo used to become slightly frustrated with me if I frequented too many international restaurants each month, given the delightful Mexican options that we had, but there is some stunning international cuisine here too. From Korean barbecue places to Middle Eastern delights, there is so much to be found and enjoyed in this city. I have to be honest that there is no country which I can think of that is not represented in the city.
Whilst it may not necessarily be known for it, this is a city with some incredible fine dining options. In fact Mexico City has 2 restaurants which are heavily featured in the list of the world’s best each and every year, in Quintonil and Pujol. What I love to see here in the city as well, is the new, younger generation of chefs who are looking to take simple, traditional Mexican food and bring it into the new world. For example there are traditional working class eateries called ‘fondas’ which have set menus and are often low cost. There are some new and exciting fondas which have been given modern and classy makeovers, and mid-range prices, this is what I love to see because these young chefs are really putting their stamp on cuisine.
When you leave the city limits and you are in a small town, you often find that the food is far higher in quality because of the fact that it is made using fresh ingredients and it is hand-made. What many fail to recognize is that despite the density in the center of the city, around the edges there are in fact small towns where you can find this type of food being prepared.
This is a city which really does have everything you could want from its cuisine.