Victoriano Zepeda 80, Miguel Hidalgo, Observatorio, Ciudad de México, D.F., México
01 55 5277 4360
Deemed a little culinary hidden treasure, Casa Merlos is like going to an aunt's house… but an aunt who has been cooking professionally for over 30 years. The meals are traditional and with an emphasis on the food from Puebla (where the 30 + ingredients "mole" sauce comes from). Some of the most popular dishes include the rare entree "chalupas" which are small tortillas spread with various ingredients and deep fried. Also try the the lightly fried chile with chipotle sauce, stuffed with goat cheese, stewed pork, nuts, and raisins. It is also said that this is one of the best places in the city to tray the intricate Mole Poblano, a complicated sauce made with dozens of ingredients (including cocoa) and poured generously over chicken. The decor here is traditional, small townish and with a focus on Talavera, mud cermaics, wooden chairs, and handcrafts from small town Mexico. This is the sort of hidden restaurant that only locals know about, and is has been frequented by families for generations.