During my trip to Mexico City for USA vs Mexico World Cup Qualifying at El Estadio Azteca I ate some amazing food. I saw the USMNT earn a point, went to museums, took a lot of walks, and fell in love with the city as well, but the food was unforgettable.
To maximize my time in Mexico, I took a red eye Friday night after work and got the sightseeing and eating started early. I swear my crew and I started eating at like 8am, and we didn’t start with breakfast foods.
First stop was La Casa de Tono is the Zona Rosa. The Flautas were to
die for. The green salsa was super hot – way too hot for me – but still so delicious. I didn’t try the others, since the green is usually mildest in Los Angeles and if the mild was that hot, I could only imagine what the others would do to me.
Fun fact time: Green Salsa in Mexico is not the mild one like it is up here. I wish I didn’t find that out my last day. Can you imagine all the salsas I missed out on?
After only lightly sleeping on the plane and hiking around Chapultepec Park and the National Museum of Anthropology I was most certainly hangry. I was hangry and not in
the mood for Contramar since I’m not a huge seafood person. Contramar sure showed me though. If you can believe it, it became one of my top 3 meals of the year. The Clam Chowder was warm and rich and perfect for the overcast morning. But the real show stopper was was the Tuna Tostadas. Raw ahi tuna, chipotle mayonnaise, crispy links, and avocado came together for the most spectacular meal of the trip. If you ever are in Mexico City, get to Contramar. Change your plans, ditch your friends, do what you need to, just get there are eat these amazing tacos. Seriously, Even Rick Bayless and Vice rave about these tostadas.
You know what’s great about the weekend? The plaza across the street from my hotel –
Alameda Central Park – was filled with food vendors. So many different kinds of food and drinks were available, but in the end I went with a vendor selling al pastor tacos off of a spit. Al pastor, isn’t something I usually order, but I was so overcome by the crackling pork that I just had to have it. What a spectacular meal to end my first day in Mexico City.