|Los Nopalitos (Las Cuevas, Michoacán)|
I had seen El Nopalito on the Google Maps site, and it seemed a likely prospect. The typically terse Google Map reviews were favorable. Even though it was near the Hotel Brasilia, we took a taxi as we very tired and the walking route had at least one pedestrian bridge to traverse.
The entrance to El Nopalito is unprepossessing. It looks like a garage entrance.
|Don't pass this by!|
But just beyond, all is transformed. There appeared two spacious and attractive dining rooms. The first is partly outdoors and the second, obviously newer, is under a roof. Beyond appears to be an ample garden space. I imagine that it's used for special events.
|El Nopalito's attractive dining rooms|
|Salsas and guacamole|
We then turned our attention to the very extensive menu. Rather than take up space with images here, I'll post links to the photos.
Main Menu: Cocina de la Familia, Cocina Tradicional Mexicana, Del Mar
De la Taquería, de Nuestra Parrilla
Food for a crowd
It was hard to choose what to order, but we finally decided to start with soups.
(We were intrigued by "Taquitos Borrachos de Barbacoa", but the barbacoa had not yet come out of the oven. A Google review says it's available starting at 3:00 p.m.)
I chose Sopa de Médula, a soup rarely seen on our local restaurant menus. If ever.
|Sopa de médula|
It's not for the sqeamish.
Sra. Cuevas had a classic Caldo Tlalpeño. It was good, with lots of enriching garnishes, despite a somewhat thin stock.
When I see "Mixiotes" offered, my eyes light up with anticipation. It typically is composed of well seasoned pieces of meat, often lamb but other meats too, baked in a parchment pouch. Originally, the parchment was derived from the inner tissue of pencas de maguey. Now it's usually just parchment paper, which is acceptable, but never the use of aluminum foil.
I found this image of a maguey and I just have to share it with you. To me, it speaks of the essence of México.
|Mixiote de Carnero|
La Señora selected Enchiladas Verdes de Pollo. This is a standard menu item, available in most Mexican restaurants. But this version was exceptional. Not only was it beautifully plated, the enchiladas were generously filled with quality white chicken meat, in a tangy tomatillo salsa. The traditional queso fresco y crema garnish was applied tastefully, not drowning the enchiladas in richness.
|Enchiladas Verde de Pollo|
RATINGS (Calibrated on a 1 to 10 scale, 1 being dismal and to be avoided. 10 is the supreme heights, but rarely reached. A 5 is mediocre but acceptable in a pinch. Any rating above 6 is worth of attention.)
Service: 9 Our waiter was outstandingly helpful and genial.
Ambience: 8 Very pleasant and attractive dining rooms.
Cost: $$$ 1/2 per person. $=$100 pesos This is not cheap, but it's worth the price.
Restrooms: Clean and very functional
Summary: an outstanding example of a superior traditional Mexican restaurant. Excellent food, outstanding friendly service.
We would definitely return if we are in the area again.
Contact info: Av. Insurgentes Norte 1037, Gustavo A. Madero, Guadalupe Insurgentes, 07870 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Tel: +52 55 5537 3375
(Implies breakfast service)
(Implies breakfast service)