Kerouac Is on the Road / Tlaco: “Comida Ancestral”/ Havre 77’s Lunch Menu

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Kerouac, the new restaurant housed in a historic mansion in La Roma offers an eclectic menu with roots in Mexican and Mediterranean gastronomy. Everything, from simple Peruvian-style ceviches and house-made pastas to the crispy mariscada pictured is expertly prepared. The exquisite, dry-aged cuts of beef stand out. Owner Valentino Peralta offers an astutely selected wine list featuring many North American vintages. And jazz underscores the laid back “beat” ambience of the dining rooms and the rooftop bar.

Av. Álvaro Obregón 206
Open Monday-Saturday 1pm – 1am
Tel. 55 8435 3642


Havre is chef Eduardo ‘Lalo’ García’s venue for classic French cuisine. It is set in a pretty turn of the 20th century house in colonia Juarez. The menu is comrised of bistro classics such as frissé aux lardon, confit de canard, steak frites and bouillabaisse, all done textbook perfect as only Lalo can do. The raw bar features the best seafood from Baja California and even France itself.

Now, he is offering a 4 course bar menu during lunch hours – 1-5 p.m. – Tuesday – Friday. At $290 it is a great way to sample the superb fare for those on a budget. C’est magnifique!

Havre 77, Calle Havre 77, Col. Juarez, Tel. 5208 1070
Open Tuesday – Saturday 1 – 11 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m., closed Monday


Tlaco, a small locale on quiet calle Atlixco in the Condesa offers what the two handsome brothers who run it call “comida ancestral.” That is to say, simple antojitos, especially tlacoyos, the thick, eye-shaped filled masa snacks of the State of Mexico. They may come filled with spinach,  flor de calabaza, ayocote, a large, sweet bean, mushrooms, whatever is available in the market. Most offerings are vegetarian. Blue corn, prepared by the traditional nixtamalización process, is brought in from Puebla. An inexpensive ‘paquete’ includes a soup and an agua. In addition to the fonda, a pushcart sets up weekdays at the corner of Sonora and Av. Amsterdam, a block from Insurgentes.

Atlixco 155-A, between Alfonso Reyes and Campeche, Condesa
Corner Sonora & Av. Amsterdam, Condesa
Open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday until 4, closed Sunday

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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.