Owners Lisa and Vincente Gutierrez bring stand-out street tacos to the North Market
In the Spanish spokenaround Mexico City and environs, quickly prepared street foods are "antojitos" or "little cravings." That may be the literal translation, but after sampling the tacos and other yummy things at Dos Hermanos, the well-known taco truck now with a permanent stall in the North Market, my cravings are big ones. Owners Lisa and Vincente Gutierrez bring decades of cooking and restaurant management experience to their little operation. That makes for a friendly and efficient service, and consistently well-prepared food. Even better, recipes from Vincente's Oaxacan grandmother make for some of the best Mexican street food in the city.
That includes three delicious salsas. There's a fragrant and spicy green cilantro and tomatillo, a rich, dark red tomato and red chili and a citrusy guacamole-tomatillo. A great place to start is with Oaxacan tamales ($3). Steamed in a section of banana leaf rather than cornhusks, this traditional dish is done just right. The substantial, moist tamal is stuffed with red chili-laced chicken or pork or with cheese and veggies (poblano peppers, tomatoes and onion). The banana leaf lends a slightly herbal flavor to the steamed masa, but the flavor of the thing positively sings with any of the excellent salsas.
For my money, the street tacos here are as good as any in town-simply and traditionally done with corn tortillas, sprinkled with cilantro and onion. Meat choices include steak, chicken, slow-cooked beef (barbacoa), braised pork (carnitas) and tangy chorizo. Tacos are 2 for $6 or 3 for $8. Versions with veggies and cheese or beans can be made upon request. There is a regular (big, that is) burrito for $8, and the monstrous "market" burrito ($11 with carnitas, cheese, veggies and beans, topped with tomato salsa). Burrito bowls are also available ($8).
The stand makes a deeply flavored roasted poblano chili sauce that is an excellent accompaniment to three shredded chicken enchiladas, topped with cheese ($12).
The North Market stand is open every day for lunch and dinner, closing at market hours (the North Market closes at 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays).