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Gran Cafe del Portal

Av. Independencia at Zamora, Veracruz, Mexico
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Ranked #6 of 98 Restaurants in Veracruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: One of the old, classic Veracruz cafes. Just off the zocalo, next to Gran Hotel Diligencias. High ceilings, fans, patrons with guyaberas and straw fedoras. menus offered in english and spanish - get the spanish one - the english one is a little puzzling. they do all the classics well and service is professional and excellent. even their presentation of Sopa de Tortilla is good - bowl of soup with side plate of tiny tortilla strips, chunks of queso fresco, chunks of avocado and slices of guajillo chile - rather than the usual bowl with tortilla strips already in and getting soggy. Ate there mid afternoon and an oasis of quiet and cool in the center of Veracruz.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: One of the old, classic Veracruz cafes. Just off the zocalo, next to Gran Hotel Diligencias. High ceilings, fans, patrons with guyaberas and straw fedoras. menus offered in english and spanish - get the spanish one - the english one is a little puzzling. they do all the classics well and service is professional and excellent. even their presentation of Sopa de Tortilla is good - bowl of soup with side plate of tiny tortilla strips, chunks of queso fresco, chunks of avocado and slices of guajillo chile - rather than the usual bowl with tortilla strips already in and getting soggy. Ate there mid afternoon and an oasis of quiet and cool in the center of Veracruz.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Baden, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I will definetly recomend this place for a breakfast or a little something in the afternoon. The place is quite traditional and the coffee is just excelent. "Cafe lechero" is the speciality of the house do not miss it if you visit Veracruz.

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Ajijic, Mexico
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This was an uniquely bad experience. Happened on a Sunday morning about 11 AM. Seating is inside or sidewalk, I chose sidewalk. I waited 20 minutes before the waiter came to the table with the menu. I ordered coffee, orange juice, and eggs and bacon. After an additional 20 more minutes, I received the coffee and orange juice. After another... More

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Cozumel, Mexico
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

All in all, I enjoyed it here. But primarily due to the outdoor terrace where all the activity in the center can be observed. The coffee excellent and the food, passable. As always in Veracruz, the cafe lechero is not to be missed. I find the service difficult to describe. From friendly and effecent to rude and surly. Several times,... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This restaurant is in the heart of Veracruz port city. A lot of people moving and having a good time. That is a something we enjoyed about local people. Locals have a good sense of humor. And they don´t miss any oportunity to see the bright side or make a joke of any situation. So, if you want to have... More

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Hoodsport
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Sittting outside watching the people comming and going and enjoying a coffee and a cigar. The Christmas scene is just getting set up Dec. 11. 2012.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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142 reviews 142 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

If you love your morning coffee, and you enjoy flavor and presentation, come to Gran Cafe de Portal in historical centro in Veracruz. Veracruz is "old Mexico" and The Gran cafe de Portal is the unique breakfast experience in this unique Mexican city. Start with Lechero, where the coffee is poured into you drinking glass to the level of strength... More

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