September 2, 2008 6

El Califa (Mexico City: La Condesa)

By in 02: Mexico

IMG_3225My co-workers and I arrived in Mexico City around 11:00 pm due to frequent delays. Tired and hungry, our clients took us to this popular Taco joint that opens till 5:00 am in La Condesa to re-fuel. Apparently it’s a popular destination for club goers for late night eats. The vibe was causal and festive. It’s got an open kitchen which you can see the food being prepared and made.

Mexican makes lots of great beers, negra modelo is one of my favorites. The clients showed us Leon and montejo, both are really good too.


It’s great to let the locals do all the ordering as there’s no way I would know all these great dishes on the menu. For example, not sure what this is call in Spanish, it’s a big sheet of thin grilled cheese. Crispy with great smokey flavor, I could not stop eating it.

Very good Bean soup and chips, generally I’m not a fan of bean soup but I drank most of it. The steak with pressed grilled cheese taco was really delicious! The steak was good and very flavorful, love the slightly burned cheese.

After the meal I tried Cafe de olla – coffee with cinnamon, cloves and a bit of chocolate. It smelled wonderful and was so incredibly delicious. I’m going to try to make it at home. Though if anyone knows any cafes or Mexican restaurants in LA make this please let me know.

We were very satisfied. Pity this is the only day we get to spent at Mexico City and we had an early morning flight to Chiapas next day. Luckily, more amazing Mexican food await us there.

El Califa
Altata 22, at Alfonso Reyes, Mexico City

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6 Responses to “El Califa (Mexico City: La Condesa)”

  1. valentine says:

    ahh the coffee sounds wonderful!
    so they actually melt the chocolate into the coffee?
    were you able to go to sleep though?^0^;

  2. jim johnston says:

    For your next trip to mexico city, check this out:

    Buen provecho! Jim Johnston

  3. Irene says:

    Hi! Check out La Casita Mexicana, in the city of Bell. Delicious.

  4. nurse jenny says:

    Love your blog…have been reading it for a long time. For Cafe de Olla
    check out Chico’s in Highland Park. I go there for breakfast sometimes…good food, cute place, friendly people.

    100 N Ave 50
    Los Angeles, CA 90042

  5. Freda says:

    Thanks Irene and nurse Jenny for the recommendations~ Can’t wait to try 😀

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