Our first day in Mexico City we decided to go to Mercado Jamaica so we could stock up on flowers for the week. Before we entered the market we needed to get lunch. We noticed a food court and decided to try someone there. We were in for a new experience!
We had heard about Huaraches before we came to Mexico City. We saw a show on the travel channel about how they were invented. There was a single mother of 5 who opened up a small food stall selling gorditas. One day one of the butchers asked her to prepare some ribs and she realized that the gorditas would not be big enough to handle the ribs. She made a new shape that was similar looking to a sandal. In Spanish the sandal is called Huaraches and that is how they were born!
When we entered the food court we discovered that all the vendors sold the same dish. They were super aggressive as soon as we even glanced over to the food court. They all started yelling pasale (come in) to their booth. I don't do well under pressure and I panicked and went into the first stall which ended up being Huaraches Y Pancita La Güera. Thankfully they were delicious and we made a good choice. It was amusing to watch other customers walk in and get yelled at once we were in the safety of our own seats.
When we went into their booth, it didn't really look like there was enough seating for us. They actually had us walk through their kitchen and out to the other side where they had additional tables. They were nice enough to let me take a picture of their kitchen.
Once seated, we relaxed with our sodas and had fun watching the hustle and bustle of the market place. We were also serenaded by a really great singer for part of our meal (we had to scramble and find some smaller bills so we could tip the singer).
Before our meal came out we had the condiments come to the table. We had two types of salsa, cheese, diced onions, and our first experience with the adorable little limes that are served everywhere.
We all ordered the same meal (lesson learned, Gabrian and I should have shared one because they were huge). We all had a huarache (it was kind of like a corn meal cake filled with refried beans). We went with the traditional ribs (costillas) and it was served with nopales (cactus).
These were amazing! Every bite had fantastic flavor. We had fun trying the different salsas along with the other toppings. The beans were flavorful and filling!
Overall, we had a great meal at Huaraches Y Pancita La Güera. We will definitely be back there for another lunch in the future. If you would like to try them for yourself, they are located at Calzada Guillermo Prieto, 15800 Venustiano Carranza, Mexico (I think, this is the closest I could find online - so go across the street from Mercado Jamaica and you will find it).