Photo Ana Lafambroise & Daniel Almazán
After a couple of days in Mexico City, well-rested and adjusted to the altitude, why not try a little street eating? After all, some locals do it every day and the techniques vendors use have been in place for centuries, if not millennia. A good jumping-off point is the grilled sandwich known as a torta. The ingredient combinations are endless, ranging from egg, shredded chicken, and pork loin to the Mexican breaded beef known as a milanesa—and the list goes on. String cheese and chipotle or pickled jalapeños add a lot of flavor, but do it your way. Any stall with a lot of customers is good sign both in terms of taste and cleanliness. With a torta under your belt, start thinking about tacos. Or that stall with the caldo de pollo chicken soup, perfect for all kinds of add-ins. Soon enough you’re a seasoned streeter. Remember, you’ll only regret what you never ate.
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