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Nicholas Gilman is a renowned journalist and food writer based in Mexico City.

Nicholas Gilman es un renombrado periodista gastronómico basado en la Ciudad de México.

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Poblanerías; Terraza Cha Cha Chá; Mamma's Fried Chicken, Ramen & Indian Food in Terminal Juárez

Poblanerías; Terraza Cha Cha Chá; Mamma's Fried Chicken, Ramen & Indian Food in Terminal Juárez

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A great cemita - those multi-layered tortas indigenous to Puebla - is hard to find in the capital. So we were happy to discover Poblanerías, a cute restaurant featuring sidewalk seating at the corner of Córdoba & Guanajuato offering them - the pierna adobada is particularly good. And other poblano specialties are carefully prepared such as mole, both the chocolaty and green versions as well as manchamanteles, a meat dish that contains fresh and dried fruits. The "menú godín" that includes a soup, main dish (though not a cemita) and drink, is, at $139, a good deal.

Poblanerías Artesanía Culinaria
Córdoba 128, Colonia Roma
Open daily 10 - 8


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Terazza Cha Cha Chá may have a silly name but it is seriously good. The spacious, high-ceilinged dining room opens to an airy terrace whose spectacular view of the deco-ish Monumento de la Revolución is unparalleled. Ambient music is straight from the Buena Vista Social Club and, amazingly and thankfully, played at a level just right for conversation. The food is pure Mexicana; artfully prepared, shareable dishes are offered by chef Adrián Gasca. I loved the taco of duck confit coupled with a fideo seco whose recipe was provided by the chef's grandmother. I just wanted to get up and dance.

Terraza Cha Cha Chá
Avenida de la Revolución 157, the corner building at the southeast corner of the plaza of the Monumento de la Revolución, 6th floor see map
Open 1 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Tuesday - Saturday,  Sunday until 6, closed Monday
Tel. 5705 2272

 A taco "nice" of confit de pato at Cha Cha

A taco "nice" of confit de pato at Cha Cha

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 Grandma's fiedeo seco at Cha Cha

Grandma's fiedeo seco at Cha Cha

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Hot Mamma's Hot Chicken
The great news is that Mexico City finally has a great, authentic southern fried chicken joint; that's more than I can say for The Big Apple, my home town. Hot Mamma's Hot Chicken, located in the newest gourmet food court, Terminal Juárez, serves up Nashville-style chicken in 3 different levels of hotness.

Chicken is crusty without and steamingly succulent within. There are also sandwiches, chicken & waffles and pulled pork sliders. Not to mention sides such as cole slaw and mac & cheese. All recipes have been meticulously curated by Nashville native Gina Hendrix, who also happens to be a wine expert.

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samosas & pakoras

From India to Japan
Neighbors with Hot Mamma, Kebab is an Indian/Bangladeshi stand, just opened last week, that offers a large menú of well prepared and reasonably priced multi-"hindú" specialties. I was very pleased with my "Bhaji" - samosas and pakoras, as well as a fragrant saag-paneer. The quality of the food compares well with much higher priced options in the city.

Meanwhile downstairs, the affable Ken, of Japanese descent, does a great ramen at Shibui; it's the best in the area and that's saying something in a city becoming saturated with good ramen. And sometimes his mother hangs out to make sure things are in order, Tampopo-style.

 Shibui ramen

Shibui ramen



Hot Mamma's Hot Chicken, Kebab and Shibui Ramen
 Términal Juárez Pop up Hall
Versalles 88 (inside the parking lot), Colonia Juarez. (see map)
Open daily 1-8 p.m. 

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