TACO OF THE WEEK #14: TACOS DE LENGUA @ CANTINA LA RIBERA

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This huge, traditional cantina, is located in Colonia Doctores, just east of colonia Roma, which may scare some – the area has the rough reputation that N.Y.’s south Bronx had in the ’70’s. But, in fact, the cantina, really a restaurant with bow-tie clad waiters and a full menu, attracts doctors and staff from nearby Hospital General and is perfectly safe. The tacos of buttery tender lengua – tongue – are justifiably well known. We, in the Jewish community, grew up eating tongue, but as I knew it, is was always presented as a slippery luncheon meat. When I grew old enough to realize what it really was I stopped eating it. It wasn’t until decades later, when I came to Mexico that I learned to love lengua – it is one of the most succulent and flavorful parts of the cow.

Cantina La Ribera
Avenida Cuauhtémoc 140, Colonia Doctores
Tel. 5761 3503
See Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/HHBykabo1BT2
Open Monday – Friday 1 – 11 p.m., Saturday until 10, Sunday until 8

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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.

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