El Hidalguense is located in the hipster part of CDMX. The city has become known for its artistic movement and reinventing itself.
El Hidalguense has been in business for many years. It’s name is synonymous with Hidalgo-style barbacoa (i.e., lamb) in Mexico City and the packed restaurant is a testament to that title. The crowd is filled with locals enjoying their meal of the slow-cooked barbacoa and it was fairly difficult to find a seat in the family run restaurant on a Sunday.
I arrived at El Hidalguense after my brief visit of Mercado Roma. The two-story restaurant with its ranchero décor provided a comfort of the countryside. I was quickly seated upstairs in the patio where there was a cool breeze, which I knew would be a blessing by looking at the chili peppers in the salsa. I quickly scan the menu and barely made out some of the Spanish.
I waved the server to request the sampler plate. The server came back to drop off a container of chicharrónes as I waited for my order to arrived. I started to look at the different salsas on the table and each look evenly dangerous. However, I decided to go with the light green one then ease my way to the reds.
The barbacoa came out. It was wrapped in black corn tortilla and still warm from the grill. The soft doughy texture completely covered the barbacoa. The slow-cooked barbocoa was tender and the color of the meat was slightly pale while the seasoned barbacoa was completely covered with marination. The seasoned one had a nice kick to it and both were extremely tender. It could easily be the best tasting lamb I had in my life. The most recent memorable ones at least.
As I waited for my bill, I ate the last piece of chicharrón. I scanned the restaurant and El Hidalguense seems to be a family gathering restaurant as the tables were filled with different generations enjoying each other’s company. I think they choose the perfect place to have a family day and those who want authentic Mexican food not a Quesarito.
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El Hidalguense is located in the hipster part of CDMX. El Hidalguense has been in business for many years. It could easily be the best tasting lamb I had in my life. The most recent memorable ones at least.