Thursday, August 06, 2009

¡Buen Apetito!

This photo from Midwesterner In Mexico pretty accurately captures the food transportation system here (with the exception of course of the ice - she obviously lives in a much tonier neighborhood than we do). And it reminded us of this article in Dia Siete [.pdf] about street food in New York. Having lived in New York for 16 years, the one thing we were certain of is that eating off a street cart was the fastest way to contract hepatitis. Yet here in Mexico, where health and sanitation regulations are, shall we say, a bit more lax (see photo of chickens shoveled into back of dirty pickup truck [right]), we'll eat pretty much anything not actually lying on the pavement. The Dia Siete piece interviews Mexican immigrants working food stalls in NYC, and compares their (heavily regulated) experience favorably to the sale of street food in Mexico. (One major difference is that street vendors in NY are not subject to shakedowns by political bosses, which is seen to be a bigger deal than the fact that their stalls have to be clean and free of infectious diseases.)

Last night's editorial meeting was held at our favorite street vendor, Tacos Francia. One of the local radio stations is running a "vote for your favorite street food" poll, and Francia would like everyone to vote early and often, so go do it (she's currently 4th). We admit we also threw in a vote for Tacos on the Zaragoza Ave Extension Across the Corner from Bancomer and Behind the Car Wash, because that's just an awesome name.

7 comments:

Doug said...

Could you please tell me where Tacos Francia is?

burrohall@aol.com said...

Where Circumvalacion meets 5 de Mayo, in a big, blue tent. She's there Monday-Saturday from 630pm (I think) til about 2AM.

Midwesterner in Mexico said...

Thanks for helping to spread the pollo love. :) I agree...it is somewhat fascinating how excited I get to eat tamales that come out of a sweaty, towel-lined bucket in Mexico City, but yet I would never buy anything from those roasted nut vendors in the US, no matter how tasty they smell... (the nuts, that is...)

Anonymous said...

The power of Burro Hall!

Tacos Francia had 1% of the vote at 10 AM.

At 4:50 PM 17% !!

ckg said...

The truck may be dirty, but the chicken skin is totally keeping the meat clean.

Francia is not bad, but the family is unfriendly and service awful so a no go for me.

Burro Hall said...

Once a Tacos on the Zaragoza Ave Extension Across the Corner from Bancomer and Behind the Car Wash man, always a Tacos on the Zaragoza Ave Extension Across the Corner from Bancomer and Behind the Car Wash man, I guess...

Jorge Arturo said...

Try "Tacos de Gusano" which are on the way to Hercules, ask the gusano is really good!