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Spread out over two floors, this elegant restaurant is nestled in a classic French-Porfirian building complete with stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings and rich wood accents that bring warmth and dimension to the space. As they enter, patrons will notice the gorgeous mahogany staircase leading to the 'Green Room' where special events are held with a capacity of up to 80 people. El Cardenal makes their own in-house tortillas, bread, chocolate and even cheese. Popular for breakfast, brunch and lunch, this restaurant serves up traditional cuisine from around the country.
Los Bisquets Bisquets Obregón is a local chain of restaurants in the nation. Their branch on Calle de Tacuba is a nice spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Their menu consists of tortas, sandwiches, enchiladas, tacos, meat bisquet (meat rolls), chicken, soups, salads, breakfast specials, pastries, fruit juices and non-alcoholic beverages. Their prices are reasonable as well.
This popular bistro owned by famed chef Monica Patiño is located in the ever trendy Condesa neighborhood. Advocating for locally grown ingredients, Patiño's restaurant is known for its fresh and usually organic dishes and products. The atmosphere is laid-back with a select number of seating arrangements and shelves lining the walls with gourmet local products like olive oils, cheese, jams, wine and more. The menu changes depending on the season but usually features gourmet sandwiches, paninins, salads, charcuterie and more.
Artesanos del Dulce is a chef-owned fine café located in Mexico City's San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood, with other locations around the city. Chefs Teresa Ramirez and Joan Bagur, graduates of culinary academies in Barcelona and San Francisco, provide excellent light fare: breakfasts, salads, pastas, baguettes, and savory entrees like yakisoba noodles with meat and vegetables. The kitchen shows its stuff with desserts like the Five Textures chocolate cake. The cafes have been designed as carefully as the food. Orange and chocolate walls highlight a space where communal tables make it easy for the single traveler to meet locals.
The best-known hotels in the city can be found in the Polanco area and this hotel is no exception. Guests at the Hotel Presidente Inter-continental can try this fine restaurant-café, which serves a plentiful buffet of Mexican and international food. Apart from the regular choices on the menu (Shrimp and Fish Kebabs, Meat "a la Tampiqueña"), this restaurant also offers an original spa menu, which has several low-cal choices. Even though this place tries to project a casual atmosphere, the presence of groups of businessmen gives it a slightly more formal feel.