At the visitor exit of Teotihuacan Pyramids
Mexico City, Mexico
tel: 52 594 956 0127
La Gruta ("The Cave" in Spanish) is just that, a massiveand very impressive underground cave decorated with candles, protruding rocks, a few natural water drips, and a centre stage where various regional Mexican dances are performed. This cave has been a restaurant since 1906 when then president Porfirio Diaz, supervising the progress of the Teotihuacan Pyramid restoration, would ask locals to cook him banquents and serve them at this cave. Although La Gruta is, for obvious reasons, a tourist mecca, the food here is still recommendable and a much safer option than trying many of the other nearby, tourist-hungry establishments. Generous portions of bread and nachos accompanied by great salsas and guacamole are given as appetizers. The rest of the meals are equally massive and full of that Mexican, fresh zest. All tables are colourfully decorated to contrast the dark gray of the stone walls around you. This place is very lively, both with the shows happening in the centre stage as well as with the hundreds of dinners constantly here. La Gruta is walking distance from the exit of the Teotihuacan pyramids so ask your guide or the locals to point you in the right direction.
Photo courtesy of La Gruta