Monday, June 24, 2024

Mexico City’s Michelin-Starred Taqueria from Miriam

More from Miriam’s trip to Mexico City, which she shared with me for the blog because I have never been there. Here are her photos from the newly famous El Califa de León — singled out from the 11,000 taco stands in the city!

Miriam waited in line for 45 minutes to try the famous tacos at this taqueria,
which was awarded a star last month in the first Michelin Guide to Mexico.

From The LA Times May 23, 2024:

The taco guy didn’t quite get the fuss. ‘I didn’t realize the magnitude of the whole thing,’ recalled Arturo Rivera Martínez. ‘I had no idea of what a Michelin star was.’ He does now.

“El Califa de León, the modest taquería where Rivera has labored over a sizzling grill for more than two decades, was awarded a star last week in the first-ever Michelin Guide Mexico, instantly turning him and the rest of the staff into epicurean heroes.” (link)


Food and Wine magazine also covered the unexpected star for the taqueria:

“‘The secret is the simplicity of our taco. It has only a tortilla, red or green sauce, and that's it. That, and the quality of the meat,’ Rivera Martínez told the AP, adding that ‘Coke’ is the perfect pairing to his Michelin meals.” (link)


Miriam’s lunch — she tried all of the four choices. Liked them! 

More Tacos! More Coke! More Good Food!

Breakfast (also dinner): churros and chocolate.

Dinner with a view.

A mezcal bar.

Photos © 2024 miriam


eileeninmd said...

I like tacos, yum! The breakfast churros look yummy.
The view during dinner is lovely. Take care, have a wonderful week!

Divers and Sundry said...

I got a kick out of this. I bet the locals are excited.

My name is Erika. said...

Now I really want to go to Mexico City. This food looks yummy. And those chorros and chocolate-yum. Happy T day Mae. hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Miriam got some great shots. Most impressive that the owner of the taco place got a star for his "restaurant." I've never been one to eat tacos, but those looked much better than the ones we get at fast food places here (like Taco Bell, etc).

I love churros. It seems we never get them here unless we are at the fair or out of a food truck. I would LOVE to find a restaurant in Wichita that served them on their menu.

What wonderful shots of coke she sent, too. Thanks for taking us to Mexico and sharong Miriam's tacos and cokes with us for T this week, dear Mae.

Halle said...

I love Mexican food! It all looked so yummy. Happy T day!

Emma at Words And Peace / France Book Tours said...

Awesome pictures, I feel almost there, and I'm so hungry now!

Iris Flavia said...

Our "TACO GUYS" sadly have closed, I miss their food.
I remember we waited nearly an hour for a burger at a food stand from Hamburg - it was worth it!

Valerie-Jael said...

Love the photos from Miriam, and I think I could live from Tacos, yummy! That restaurant must be a wonderful experience! Happy T Day, Valerie

CJ Kennedy said...

How exciting to suddenly be in the limelight. Churros and chocolate for breakfast. Yum! Happy T Day

Jeanie said...

Those tacos looks delish! But I never think of a taco joint as being a Michelin star. Well done!

Carola Bartz said...

Good Mexican food is so delicious - and where can you get better Mexican food than in Mexico itself? I read about the Michelin star that was awarded to this taqueria - well done! All the food looks delicious and is making me hungry now.

Lisca said...

As I said to Elizabeth: you can’t go wrong with Mexican food!
Happy T-Day,

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Oh! The food!