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In every neighborhood in the city are found mini-institutions, the “greats” that only the locals know about, until word gets out. This huge, bustling purveyor of divine,  carnitas – confit of pork – and other carnivorous delights, is located south of the centro, not too far from Mercado Jamaica. Customers spill out onto the street where standing-room-only tacos are sold and eaten at stool-less cafe tables. Jolly devotees revel in succulent porcine goodness inside accompanied by festive salsa music and picante salsa sauce.  Surtida, which is a bit of everything and delicious, may be over the greasy top for some, in which case, a drier costilla is called for.

Special thanks to Andres Amor and Hilel Bistre

Taquería El Gran Abanico
Francisco J. Clavijero 226, between Gutiérrez Najera & Joaquín Arriaga. Colonia Transito
Metro San Antonio Abad
Tel. 5740 2813
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Assisted parking available
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Nicholas Gilman is a food writer based in Mexico City; he's author of Good Food in Mexico CIty: Food Stalls, Fondas, Fine Dining.