Insurgentes, Mexico City, Mexico
Los Insurgentes Mexico City Reviews
Most comfortable place to sample pulque in the city Jul 07, 2010
At the time of writing (and ever since Spanish colonizers tried to outlaw it), pulque -- made daily from aguamiel ["honey water"] extracted from maguey plants -- is still considered to be a poor man's hooch. I actually think it's pretty awesome, though, especially when it's fresh. And despite some infelicitous efforts to can it, it's not a drink you can sample anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately, most pulquerías in the city have long since been shut down, and those that remain (such as Las Duelistas in the Centro Histórico) are kind of grotty little affairs.
Los Insurgentes serves relatively fresh pulque in a thoroughly gentry-friendly atmosphere, right on the border between Roma and Condesa. In fact, the space is deep and dark enough that once you're inside it's easy to forget you're on the bustling Avenida Insurgentes, and I wouldn't be surprised if this place became the vanguard of a pulque drinking fad among hipsters in the area. Their pulque natural is actually palatable, and their pulques curados [pulque that has been blended with some other flavor] are usually quite good (though the fruity ones are a little too sweet for my taste). They do have a daily lunch menu; I've only tried the shrimp tacos, and they were mediocre at best. I didn't mind, though, because one never really goes to a pulquería for a great meal.
I give it four stars for the pulque, and maybe two and a half for the food.
Part of the list Hidden (and not so hidden) culinary gems in Mexico, D.F.
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