Sobrinos, Mexico City – That Perfect Restaurant

I sometimes fantasize about the Perfect Restaurant. The one you can go to at any time of the day, find something you really want to eat, and enjoy it in a pleasant indoor or outdoor atmosphere.

Like many people, I go to a variety of restaurants, and have favorite dishes at each place. One of the reasons is that no single restaurant covers a wide enough range of dishes to keep me interested, and even fewer have more than a handful of dishes that are really, really good.

But Sobrinos, in Colonia Roma, Mexico City, may be the Perfect Restaurant.


I’ve been going to Sobrinos since 2009, when I had Thanksgiving dinner there. Grilled octopus with black beans wasn’t a terribly traditional Thanksgiving meal, but it was absolutely delicious, and I’m Canadian, so it didn’t feel like a betrayal.

I’ve been back several times since, and have been delighted every time by the comfortable room, the nice outdoor patio, and the friendly service.

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The menu is widely varied, and daily specials add to the variety. At any time, I can have any one of sevaral meat dishes, seafood specialties, or just quick snacks. A particular favorite for a light meal is the duck confit Torta Ahogada… the traditional (well, except for the duck part) Guadalajara “drowned sandwich” served on a crispy baguette and smothered in spicy red sauce.

Breakfast is a meal that usually requires specialization, but Sobrinos handles it with their usual skill and professionalism. On my most recent visit, I stopped for their “hotcakes” several times… They even put figs on my pancakes!


Sobrinos is open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 midnight, and will take care of you, no matter what your mood may be at any hour.

Address: Av Álvaro Obregón 110, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Phone: +52 55 5264 7466

Tacomiendo – West L.A. – Chanclas and Potato Tacos




I recently saw an article in which Tacomiendo’s potato taco was ranked near the top of all tacos in the United States. Located in a dreary West Los Angeles (not a notorious hot-bed of Mexican food!) strip shopping center, located between a dry-cleaner and a car repair shop, I had my doubts. In fact, I condescendingly assumed the writer had never had a potato taco before, and once he (or she) experienced the magical combination of mashed potatoes and crispy fried tortillas, declared it to be the best in the country. Today I tried it for myself, and haven’t changed my mind about the reviewer’s experience level. Don’t get me wrong – it was a perfectly presented, extremely tasty potato taco, and I will certainly order it again, but it’s not noteworthy on a national level.

What I found more interesting was an item called a Chancla. While I stood in line, I looked it up on the internet, and learned that it seems to come from the Puebla region south of Mexico City, and that it is widely subject to interpretation. A chancla is a flip-flop sandal, and what I received did resemble footwear in way. It was beautifully fried masa stuffed with black bean paste, sort of a larger version of a Salvadoran pupusa. It was covered with a spicy red salsa, and topped with carne asada, cilantro and crumbled cheese.

It was sort of a pizza experience, but very, very Mexican… and very, very tasty.

Here’s the address: 11462 W Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Phone: (310) 481-0804