The Place: Don Leonel’s Barbacoa
The Experience: There is no better way to start this blog then with an entry on the Mexican Sunday tradition of barbacoa (sheep traditionally slow-cooked in an underground oven popular in the state of Hidalgo). It is, at least in Mexico City, a major Sunday morning/midday tradition to head to your favorite barbacoa stand with your family, friends or simply the people you partied with the night before. The consomé (the broth of the barbacoa) is a classic hangover cure for Mexicans nationwide.
At Don Leonel’s the barbacoa is brought in from a small town in the Estado de México every Sunday and he has an army of devoted followers from the neighborhood and beyond who can order tacos dorados (fried taquitos filled with barbacoa), suaves (tacos with normal un-fried tortillas), de cabeza (cuts from the head of the sheep) and more.
If you are in or around the Roma Sur on a Sunday morning or afternoon give these a try!
The Location: Street stand on Ures, intersection with Tehuantepec, Colonia Roma Sur, DF.
The Specials: Tacos Dorados de Barbacoa
Tips: Don Leonel’s stand is only in place on Sundays from about 9am until about 2pm. On Saturday there is a stand in the same place run by a different owner and it is not nearly as good.
Price Point: $
$: Takeout or fast food $$: Casual sit-down $$$: Formal sit-down $$$$: La Crème de La Crème
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