Favorite Pictures: The Tacos of Mexico City

Oh, you know you want one (or ten)

Oh, you know you want one (or ten)

Original post: Our Brush with the Great Taco Record

I need to go back.

I need to go back.

Original post: Five-Star Street Tacos

Tacos at Bajo el Cielo de Jalisco

Tacos at Bajo el Cielo de Jalisco

Original post: Tacos Arabes

Tacos al pastor at Tacos Escandon

Tacos al pastor at Tacos Escandon

Original post: Tacos al Pastor

Taco #1000, a spectacular gaona con queso from El Califa.

Taco #1000, a spectacular gaona con queso from El Califa.

Original post: Taco 1000

Spaghetti Taco?

On a corner near my house, a couple sells tacos de guisado out of the back of a pickup truck.  Normally, each guisado is prepared in a tortilla with a small portion of rice.  Yesterday, however, they added spaghetti alfredo (?!?) to my chile relleno before smothering both in a light tomato sauce.  Oh my!  If I only had a camera with me….

México, D.F.

Taco 1000

Saturday marked the end of the great taco challenge.  Pictured below is #1000, a “Gaona con queso” from El Califa.  This spectacular steak and cheese bomb, later smothered in salsa, lime, and slices of avocado, is easily one of the best tacos to be had in the D.F. and Mexico.

Taco #1000, a spectacular gaona con queso from El Califa.

Taco #1000. Although it came with a knife and fork, I assure you such implements were not necessary.

It’s always nice to accomplish something, though counting one’s way to a 1000 tacos is more of an accomplishment-in-jest (or a disgusting exercise in consumption).  Sometimes, fake goals, set in the irony of a faux-celebration, can take on a life of themselves and, often, spoil the enjoyment of an experience.  Not having to count is something to look forward to… but, in this case, the most disgusting part may be that I haven’t lost my appetite for tacos… in fact….

…nah, this morning will be oatmeal and a run.

 

México, D.F.

Taco Count Update: 995

Playing tour guide yesterday brought the opportunity to hop around the various taco haunts in my neighborhood.

  • 3 tacos de guisado from the Chilpancingo food stalls.  The quality here can vary a bit and, on this day, none of these blew me away… though the chicken taco with french fries and grilled onions had its moment.
  • 4 tacos at El Mirador, a cantina by Bosque Chapultepec… Argentine sausage, guacamole, and refried black beans on handmade tortillas.  Oh yeah!
  • Lastly, 3 late-night gringas (similar to al pastor tacos with cheese) from El Tizoncito, a popular spot for high-end taco consumption in La Condesa.

The count so far: 995.

 

México, D.F.

Taco Count Update: 985

Yesterday’s lunch dropped a 20-spot on the total taco count, with two plates of tacos al pastor from Los Arbolitos.  These little gems won’t make the top 5, but they definitely do the trick… and being bite-sized doesn’t hurt either.  The last time I went to Los Arbolitos was the day of the taco challenge, which you can read about here (or check out that excellent taco photo).

So the end (of this foolish, disgusting personal challenge) is definitely getting close!  The count so far: 985.

 

México, D.F.

Taco Count Update: 965

I was in a rush yesterday to get from the British Embassy (which has nice cookies) near Tabacalera to Polanco.  The journey on foot takes about 20 minutes and passes through the business district just north of Reforma and west of the park.  I had only been through here on weekends and in the evenings, when the area is pretty much deserted… but at lunchtime on a Wednesday, the changarros bloom like desert flowers after a rain.

Of course, when there are large numbers of taco stalls, competition usually results in some excellent eats.  I stopped at a stall on Calle Tolstoi (south side of the street. between Escobedo and Dante), that was really just a big flat grill affixed to a bicycle.  Appropriately, the laminated menu proclaimed the name “Bicitaco.”  The steak was so-so, though it seemed to be on par with Mexican tastes that have an affinity for fatty strips of beef, but the longaniza (a type of chorizo), was really nicely done, and, covered in cheese, it was like a little bomb of “sabor.”  What had attracted me to the stall was the pile of alambre (prepared meat, mixed with grilled onions and peppers), which I didn’t end up trying, and a row of interesting, and, as it turned out, fire-breathing salsas.  Definitely worth a return visit.

The count so far: 965.

 

México. D.F.

Taco Count Update: 962

As the total taco count passed 950 over the weekend, it occurred to me that, perhaps, the final climb should be documented by mikesnotes. After all, a thousand tacos (and 0 heart attacks) is not just an every day occurrence.

I double-checked the math and figure that in the 8 months up through yesterday, the total taco count stood at 956. Lunch today was another 6:

  • 4 tacos from the taco de canasta vendor at ITAM, sold from the back of a bicycle. Carried in a basket (or canasta), these pre-made, tortilla-wrapped grease delivery vehicles rock because they’re tiny and cheap (3.50 per), yet taste awesome. The ones I got were filled with mashed potatoes. Add to that some grilled onions that are hidden below (you have to know to ask!) and this might be what they’d serve at a Mexican-Polish restaurant.
  • 2 tacos from Jovitacos, the ITAM institution. There’s something to be said for thinly-sliced grilled steak and onions, wrapped in a shell of crispy grilled cheese, with spectacular salsas. I’m still looking for new tacos to try, but the odds look good that these will be some of the best tacos I’ve had. We’ll have to wait to find out.

So the count now stands at 962.

 

México, D.F.