Deli El Mayor – Juárez – Mexico City

Deli El Mayor – Juárez – Mexico City

Rooftop terrace overlooking the excavation of the Templo Mayor with a limited menu of salads and sandwiches. The food and service are acceptable but the view can’t be beat. Equally good for cocktails.

Fontina Trattoria – Juárez – Mexico City

Fontina Trattoria – Juárez – Mexico City

Fontina Trattoria is not your stereotypical Italian restaurant. It’s tastefully decorated with good food and service in a family-friendly setting. All at the best prices in town. Pizza, pasta and more.

Coffee Town – Retiro – Buenos Aires

Coffee Town – Retiro – Buenos Aires

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Café . Bread-Pastries . Cost: . Coffee Town specializes in coffees sourced throughout the world. House blend is from Guatemala, Brazil and Colombia. Pleasant ambiance. Friendly staff.

Chiquitito Café – Cuauhtémoc – Mexico City

Chiquitito Café – Cuauhtémoc – Mexico City

Cute and contemporary. Coffee from small producer in Vera Cruz. Sit down or take it to go from both Cuauhtémoc and Condesa locations. Espresso or brewed. Take your pick. Limited food items. Pan dulce and a few sandwiches. Our favorite quick-fix café in Cuauhtémoc.

Café at Espacio Naua – Juárez – Mexico City

Café at Espacio Naua – Juárez – Mexico City

In Juárez, adjoining a shared workplace / virtual office called Espacio Naua, is a small café with minimalist decor producing cupfuls of Buna blend coffee in a comfortable environment. We alternate our attempts at satisfying our caffeine urges between Naua and Ojo de Agua a couple of blocks away.

Import Coffee Company – Retiro – Buenos Aires

Import Coffee Company – Retiro – Buenos Aires

More appropriate to call this place Italian Coffee Company. No drip here. Only an espresso machine spewing out nothing but Italian roasted Illy. Better than Cabrales I suppose. Cool trendy, decor. Not sure why so many old ladies are in the place. They must like the Illy coffee and the alfajores.

Dosis Café – Roma – Mexico City

Dosis Café – Roma – Mexico City

Dosis cafe, centrally located in Roma Norte, has a pleasant ambiance in a big single-room lounge flooded with light. Good coffee, espresso or brewed.

Anatol – Polanco – Mexico City

Anatol – Polanco – Mexico City

Fancy enough to rank as a formal dining. Casual enough to make you feel comfortable. Flawless execution and service. Traditional gourmet technique with the slightest dash of Mexican influence utilizing local ingredients. A bit pricey but nothing to balk at. A Top-5 in CDMX.

Bengal – Retiro – Buenos Aires

Bengal – Retiro – Buenos Aires

Ollio O’s choice for Indian cuisine in Buenos Aires. Sophisticated decor and real Indian cuisine. That’s right. Garam Masala and Basmati rice. Really!

Amaya – Juárez – Mexico City

Amaya – Juárez – Mexico City

Amaya is a more casual version of chef Jair Tellez’s Meretoro in Condesa. Ambiance is pleasant. Service was good. But unlike the flawless execution on our recent visit to Merotoro, there were multiple errors in execution on the entree course we were served at Amaya.

AvantGarten – Palermo – Buenos Aires

AvantGarten – Palermo – Buenos Aires

AvantGarten is a trendy gastropub, with a young crowd, serving up both draft and bottled artisanal beer. along with some cocktails and shots of Jägermeister. Typical gastropub food with the addition of some dishes with German sausages. And a catchy name.

Roux – Recoleta – Buenos Aires

Roux – Recoleta – Buenos Aires

Using traditional French technique, Chef Rebaudino has created gourmet dishes in the grand French style, paying attention to every detail, from meticulous plating to creating complex sauces that bring out all the potential of these fabulous, but rarely experienced, local ingredients. Service and ambiance to match. Best elegant option for lunch in Buenos Aires.

Birkin – Palermo – Buenos Aires

Birkin – Palermo – Buenos Aires

This is a good place for breakfast. Eggs. Waffles. It’s in a nice neighborhood. Weather permitting, I prefer to sit on the sidewalk out front. A top spot for breakfast but has good sandwiches too.

Basa – Retiro – Buenos Aires

Basa – Retiro – Buenos Aires

Sleek. Trendy. Upscale. Uptempo. Restaurant. Bar. Take your pick. Great food. Unique menu. A bit loud. If you’re looking for a traditional restaurant try one of many in La Recova four blocks away.

Delirio- Roma – Mexico City

Delirio- Roma – Mexico City

Gourmet market with restaurant serving unique breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, finger foods, entrees, pastries and desserts, all at reasonable prices. Unique gourmet menu in a casual setting. Highly recommended any time of the day.

Breakfast at Debbie & Peponne – Polanco – CDMX

Breakfast at Debbie & Peponne – Polanco – CDMX

Debbie & Peponne’s waffle was good but I’d have been more happy with a standard waffle, topped with creamy butter and syrup. The way mom used to do it. Slightly crisp on the outside, steaming and soft inside.

Sagardi – San Telmo – Buenos Aires

Sagardi – San Telmo – Buenos Aires

This is easily the nicest restaurant in San Telmo. Professionally designed. Excellent service. This is the best Basque cuisine in town and one of the best of restaurants in the entire city. Great for tapas, sharing a glass of wine or a cocktail with friends.

Nonsolo – Polanco – CDMX

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Italian . Cost: . True, the prices are pretty low. And the service was adequate. But bad food, even if free, is not a value.

Nobu – Polanco – Mexico City

Nobu – Polanco – Mexico City

Beautifully designed and decorated. Outstanding service. Japanese cuisine elevated to gourmet status by famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Sea Bass in Dry Miso was outstanding. Sashima was less impressive.

J by José Andrés – Polanco – Mexico City

J by José Andrés – Polanco – Mexico City

A menu developed by famed Spanish chef José Andrés. A unique and quirky, but sophisticated, decor. J by José Andrés has it all. Try the faux Spanish olives or the deconstructed Spanish omelet. Or any of the more traditional Spanish dishes raised to gourmet status by this talented kitchen.

Huset – Roma Norte – Mexico City

Huset – Roma Norte – Mexico City

Garden setting. Very unique. Fabulous food and very reasonable prices. Can’t say enough good about this place. This is a hidden gem. Do not miss it. Great for lunch or dinner.

Attenti Trattoria – Cuautémoc – CDMX

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Italian . Cost: . The restaurant was pleasant enough and the food sufficiently good to warrant a return visit for those living in the neighborhood, but not sufficiently.

Terraza at Diana Restaurant – Cuauhtémoc – CDMX

Terraza at Diana Restaurant – Cuauhtémoc – CDMX

Beautiful decor. Flawless service. The terrace overlooks the Fountain of Diana. Great view and a fabulous breakfast buffet or a la carte menu. Reasonably priced. They have one of the best breakfasts in town.

Mon Dieu – Cuauhtémoc – Mexico City

Mon Dieu – Cuauhtémoc – Mexico City

A first-rate little restaurant with heart, soul, and good food specializing in food accompanied by raclette, a melted Swiss cheese. Chilaquiles with eggs and molletes for breakfast, sandwiches and salads.

Romina – Polanco – Mexico City

Romina – Polanco – Mexico City

I’m not sure I can even say I’ve really ever had great Italian food. Perhaps until tonight. I wasn’t in Brooklyn, New York. Nor in Milan. Oddly enough, the best Italian food I’ve had in my rather storied life is in Mexico City.

Jaso – Polanco – Mexico City

Jaso – Polanco – Mexico City

The decor is not quite right, but not as gaudy as Dulce Patria. Service staff seemed a bit confused and flustered. That didn’t really affect service after the first course however. The food was surprisingly good.

Dulce Patria – Polanco – Mexico City

Dulce Patria – Polanco – Mexico City

Despite the very average meal and the gaudy décor, the service was very good. The prices were reasonable. As harsh as this review sounds, the restaurant is not sub-par. It’s just nothing special, despite what you would read online, in newspapers, and magazines.

Caffé Biscottino – Polanco – Mexico City

Caffé Biscottino – Polanco – Mexico City

It’s as cute as a button inside. Has a few tables out on the sidewalk to enjoy that beautiful Mexico City weather. They do the coffee right. 100% Oaxocan beans, with a mild roast but plenty of rich of flavor.

Centro Café – Nápoles – Mexico City

Centro Café – Nápoles – Mexico City

Not as trendy and hip as nearby Hey! Brew Bar. Variety of coffee blends. Informative staff. Good venue for coffee aficionados and coffee novices alike. They provide extensive information about the coffee you’re ordering and a handy little chart to help those that are neither baristas nor coffee aficionados figure out what the difference is between a macchiato, a cappuccino and a latte.

Breakfast at Maison Kayser – Cuauhtómec – Mexico City

Breakfast at Maison Kayser – Cuauhtómec – Mexico City

Maison Kayser, the international French Bakery and Restaurant chain, serves a wide variety of menu items including many breakfast items, sandwiches, crepes and French classics for lunch and dinner like Coq au Vin and Beef Bourguignon. Wanting something other than chilaquiles or huevos Rancheros for breakfast. It’s your lucky day.

Biko – Polanco – Mexico City

Biko – Polanco – Mexico City

Highly praised restaurant in Polanco offering eclectic gourmet cuisine with Basque influence. A la carte menu or seven course tasting menu for about US$60. A disappointment. One dish was nearly inedible. Monotonous decor and overpriced. We added this one to our list of most overrated restaurants in Mexico City.

Breakfast at Frëims – Cuauhtómec – CDMX

Breakfast at Frëims – Cuauhtómec – CDMX

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Café, Fast Casual . Italian . Cost: . Pretty darn good breakfast. The coffee is good, although coffee aficionadas will be saying it just doesn’t compare to Chiquitito Café.

Fonda Fina – Roma – Mexico City

Fonda Fina – Roma – Mexico City

Fonda Fina is comfy and cool. Nice enough for a special occasion. Casual enough for just any old time. A gourmet touch to traditional Mexican cuisine.

Raiz – Polanco – Mexico City

Raiz – Polanco – Mexico City

Elegant décor and near flawless execution of a sophisticated menu utilizing unique locale ingredients. Raíz earns one of the highest overall scores yet in our assessment of Latin American restaurants, exceeding nearby notorious restaurant, Pujol, in our assessement.

La Bourgogne – Recoleta – Buenos Aires

La Bourgogne – Recoleta – Buenos Aires

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Formal Dining . French . Cost: . Celebrated French restaurant in the city's grand old Alvear Hotel. Perfect execution. Starched but accommodating service.

The Shelter Cafe – Retiro – Buenos Aires

The Shelter Cafe – Retiro – Buenos Aires

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Formal Dining . Bread-Pastries . Cost: . Comfortable ambiance, friendly staff, and a great cup of coffee make The Shelter is a great place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in Retiro.

La Cabrera – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

La Cabrera – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

Sterling service, a superior steak, all the fixins in a bustling and pleasant atmosphere make La Cabrera one of your best, if not the best, option for a steak in Buenos Aires.

Olaya – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

Olaya – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

Gourmet Peruvian-Asian Fusion in a casual, contemporary setting. Outstanding execution. Unique variations on Peruvian classics. Excellent Service. Olaya is not cheap. One of the more expensive restaurants in this part of the city. But they have a mid-day three course menu that is heavily discounted. Don’t let the fact that there are no lines to get in deceive you.

Chipe Libre – Barrio Lastarria – Santiago

Chipe Libre – Barrio Lastarria – Santiago

If we had to choose one place to go for food and drinks in Santiago it would surely be Chipe Libre. Great decor. Very good service. Unique experience. Sample several shots of the huge variety of pisco and a variety from the menu of the restaurant’s takes on Peruvian and Chilean classics. It is a “must-go” in Santiago.

EleBar – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

EleBar – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

This is no gourmet restaurant. It’s just really good food at a descent price. That shouldn’t be something to brag about … but in Buenos Aires, it’s pretty rare. Beware a visit on weekends based on consumer reviews we’ve read. On a weeknight, I think it’s a definite “GO”.

L’Adesso – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

L’Adesso – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

Hurrah for L’Adesso. Were it not for the very average décor this restaurant would likely be in our list of Top 5 in the city. The service was only second to one other restaurant we’ve visited in Buenos Aires, La Pecora Nera. And the execution was as good as any we’ve visited. For Italian cuisine, it’s a shoe-in for the top spot in the city.