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“Interesting, well-prepared traditional Mexican food”
Review of Fonda el Refugio - CLOSED

Fonda el Refugio
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Reforma / Zona Rosa
Description: Traditional Mexican Cuisine since 1954. Everything is made artisanally. We cook all our dishes in clay pots. We prepare our moles from scratch. Cook our own tortilla dough using the ancient nixtamalization process and then grinding the corn in our own volcanic rock mill. We grind & stuff our own sausage, hanging it & letting it cure for a whole week before it can be used. All our desserts are made also in either copper or clay pots. Be sure to ask for a tour of the kitchen so you can witness this first hand and also take a lesson on how to make tortillas and our world famous margaritas.
Reviewed March 26, 2017

We had a great dinner here. We're a bit adventurous, so we ordered the gusamos de maguey (caterpillars) and the escamoles (ant pupae) and they were both delicious. We also got a tasting of four mezcals, which were also great. The service was very pleasant too.

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Thank Michael B
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Reviewed March 26, 2017

This little place was just around the corner from our hotel. It was really charming. A small room with maybe 10 tables or so. Very attentive staff. The menu had several vegetarian items to choose from which made it get extra points from us as it is not always easy to find vegetarian food in Mexico.
Our meal was very good. They serve only Mexican wine. We took the waiter's recommendation and had a very nice bottle of wine to go with the food. I was sorry we went there so late in our trip, as we definitely would have gone there more than once.

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Thank Eatsoutoften
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Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

This was pleasant surprise. They actually have guisano (worms - I know, right?!?) tacos which we've wanted to try; not pretty but damn tasty! I had the fish veracruzano (?) and my other half had the chicken mole. The fish was very good. The mole was excellent. Definitely worth a visit. They have ant tacos too BTW!

Thank TB5of6
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Reviewed March 5, 2017

my 18 year old son who is a real foodie ordered 2 different dishes... and loved each one... Service was good but not fussy... the 'picante' salsa was fire hot!! traditional food served well... cute touches in the restaurant!!

Thank Bidanda
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Reviewed February 10, 2017 via mobile

We traveled around México and ate in so many good places but this is by far the best. We had the best food, service, and maybe the best margarita we have ever had. We throughly recommend this restaurant.
Una joya perdida en el tiempo y en esta gran ciudad, la mejor comida que tuve en México, la CECINA y las margaritas son primordiales. Totalmente lo recomiendo.

Thank Pol G
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