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Fonda El Refugio, Mexico City

166 Liverpool
Zona Rosa
Mexico City
Tel: 52 55 5525 8128's insider take:

For a memorable meal in the Zona Rosa, think small. Bypass all the tourist traps along streets like Londrés and Genova in favor of this tiny restaurant on the quiet side street of Liverpool. (In case you didn't realize, all the streets in this neighborhood are named after cities.) Looking much like a fonda (country inn), the whitewashed walls are hung with copper pots so shiny you can see your satisfied reflection. It's known for its atmosphere (refreshingly laid-back) and service (charmingly old-fashioned), but the real reason to come to one of the city's oldest restaurants is the authentic regional cuisine. Look for dishes such as manitas de cerdo en vinegre (pigs' feet in vinegar) or chicharron en salsa verde (deep-fried pork rinds in a spicy green sauce). If you're here on Saturday, for dessert there's huevos reales, the "royal eggs" that are baked in the oven and basted with a light syrup.

Open daily 1 to 11 pm.

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