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Best Food on a Budget in Mexico City

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Tacos de Canasta Los Especiales

The huge line bears testimony to its popularity. Patrons swear that this is the best place in town for tacos. Tacos de Canasta Los Especiales serves delicious and cheap tacos that will surely make your tummy and wallet smile. Though the presentation is okay, the taste of their dishes will remain with you for a long time. Don't forget to make a pit-stop when in the neighborhood.

Mexico City, Mexico
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La Mascota

A visit to La Mascota is a must while in Mexico city. This little cantina may seem unremarkable from the exterior, but the great selection of drinks, snacks and authentic Hidalgoan cuisine has made it something of a local institution. Within its comfortably shabby interiors, there are closely packed tables and a few televisions and the occasional live music act. Order three drinks, and you'll be served a delicious array of authentic snacks or botanas like classic tostada pedanta, taquitos and carnitas. Regional specialties like petit gris, or small snails are served in a piquant black chile sauce, while the veal in adobo sauce is a delight. Buchanan's whiskey is the drink of choice here, while local beers and bright cocktails are on offer too. Stop by to experience a real slice of Mexico city.

Mexico City, Mexico
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Los Cocuyos

If you love tacos and street food, this late-night food stand is the place for you. Soak up Mexico City's vibrant night life as you savor deliciously unhealthy tacos made with everything from classic pork and chicken to local specialties like tripe, tongue and even cheek. Don't miss out on the suadero, prepared with twice-cooked beef that is first braised, and then seared on high flame; it just melts in the mouth. Their grilled sausages are another favorite. Their home-made salsas add that extra punch to every taco, with a burst of heat and latin spice. Los Cocuyos is the ideal place to stop by for a quick late night snack, you'll definitely be coming back for seconds.

Mexico City, Mexico
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La Casa de Toño

With the humble beginnings as a street food vendor, Marco Antonio Campos has turned his one man show into a thriving restaurant business with locations throughout the city. This particular location in the Santa Maria La Ribera neighborhood is open every day of the year. The cuisine is nothing if not traditional with dishes like sopes, quesadillas, flautas, tostadas, tacos, pozole and more.

Mexico City, Mexico
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Tacos Manolo

Rumored to be one of the city's best taquerias, and certainly one of the most popular, Tacos Manolo is the go-to spot for the perfect late-night snack. This fast-food joint does a roaring business through the day, serving up hearty portions of their signature "Manolo" made with chopped beef steak with bacon smothered in spicy peanut and tomatillo sauce on flatbread. Their suadero is also quite popular, as is the huarache de arrachera. Pair your meal with a chilled cerveza and enjoy a truly local experience.

Mexico City, Mexico
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