El Maizo

Roma Norte

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Overall Rating

  • Ambience 85%
  • Service 70%
  • Food 85%
  • Creativity 80%
  • Value 90%
Details for Location Reviewed
El Maizo

Locale: Roma Norte
Address: Calle de Chiapas 206
Telephone: +52 55 5264 1368
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Mexican
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$
Menu items offered: Breads and Pastries, Coffee, Desserts, Salads, Tacos, Tapas - Finger Foods - Snacks
Hours: Tue-Sun: 1:30 pm to 8 pm Mon: Closed
Summary of Review

El Maizo features cuisine from the culinarily diverse region of Guerrero. Cute décor, acceptable service, a well-executed, creative menu, and great prices make El Maizo a top choice for regional Mexican cuisine in Mexico City.

The full review for El Maizo

 

Review by: Ollie O
Rating: 4.2 stars
Review Date: 07/12/2017

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El Maizo offers cuisine from the Mexican state of Guerrero, lying north of Oaxaca. Residents of Mexico City are slightly more familiar with Oaxacan cuisine, which is similar in many respects to the cuisine of Guerrero.

The nomenclature is almost identical. But the ingredients, herbs and spices used in the familiar dishes are what distinguish the cuisines of the two regions from one another. Chalupas, sopes (also called picaditas), tostadas, pozoles, and, of course, moles. The ingredients in pozoles, which are hearty, stews and soups found throughout all of Latin America (not just within Mexico) vary from region to region. The version from Guerrero features a base of sweet corn kernels that is somewhat atypical of this stew. The residents of Guerrero traditionally partake of the green pozoles on Thursday, and white pozole, on Wednesdays and Sundays.

If you get caught eating green pozole in Acapulco (the famed beach town located in the state of Guerrero) on a Sunday, they’ll refuse to serve you any more cervezas or tequila.

On my latest visit to El Maizo, I had the chicken chalupas for an appetizer, served a variety of sauces to brighten up the otherwise bland chicken. I followed that with the house specialty, a green chicken mole, which I enjoyed much more than the appetizer.

The food was good. The restaurant is colorfully and tastefully decorated, and the service, although not flawless, was acceptable. The prices were better than reasonable with 80% of the main course items being priced under US$9.

Overall, this was impressive. I’d return to explore the menu and broaden my knowledge of this interesting and flavorful cuisine.

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