Let’s face it, if you’re in Mexico I’m pretty sure a bottle of mezcal is going to get in your way during your stay. The next morning, one of the best ways to fix the wreckage is with a spicy bowl of “pancita”, a classic Mexican dish.
It’s soup made with beef tripe and red chili pepper. It’s served steamy hot, just add some lemon drops, a spoon of chopped onions, a pinch of crushed oregano, a pinch of red dried chili and you’re ready to go. The idea is to sweat all the evilness trapped in your body after last night’s party, and believe me, you will.
You can find the best pancita in town at La Oaxaqueña, a small family owned place in the Portales neighborhood. It’s not a fancy cool place, just great food at pretty fair prices.
If you don’t have the stomach to eat stomach (no matter how tasty and delicious your Mexican friends say it is) La Oaxaqueña has got you covered with other less funky options like tamales, enchiladas (tortillas filled with chicken and bathed with “mole”, a thick sweet & spicy sauce) or “tacos dorados” (fried chicken tacos).
You can get there with the subway (a few blocks south from Portales Metro station), taxi, uber or by car. If so, you can park on the street but be ready to hand out some coins to some odd looking dude in exchange for his “services”, i.e. looking out for your car… Why? Because Mexico.