Courtesy of Delirio
Cristina Alonso
November 14, 2014

According to popular wisdom—or at least a belief followed by some in Mexico—to maintain good health, one should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. Sure, the pauper part rarely happens in a city so obsessed with food and filled with amazing restaurants…but a breakfast fit for a king? Well, that sounds like a pretty good idea.

A proper, full Mexican breakfast usually includes a wide variety of dishes. The meal typically starts with fruit, fresh-squeezed juice, coffee or tea, pan dulce (tempting traditional pastries like conchas and cuernitos), followed by a main course of eggs, enchiladas or chilaquiles. Some people even go for some steak. And if that sounds like too much, think about it for a minute: if you’re about to explore the biggest city in the world, you wouldn’t want to do it on an empty stomach, now would you? 

El Cardenal

When a restaurant has trademarked their hot chocolate, you know it’s a place where you’ll enjoy a memorable breakfast. Order a steaming cup of Doña Olivia chocolate, fresh-baked bread, and hearty specialties like Michoacan-style enchiladas or gorditas hidalguenses, and you’ll understand why there’s always a line outside all five locations of El Cardenal, especially the one in Centro Histórico. 

Saks Polanco

Generous portions and natural ingredients make this laid-back eatery a favorite among locals who want to kick back with a long, relaxed breakfast on weekends. Breakfast offerings here include fresh juice, fruit, bread (straight from their stone oven), coffee or tea, and dishes like chilaquiles and huevos de la campaña (poached eggs with spinach, Camembert and sun-dried tomato sauce).

Delirio

Celebrated chef Monica Patiño set up this lovely gourmet shop in one of the busiest streets in the trendy Roma area, which means that Sunday brunch comes with a side of tons of people-watching. A lineup of fresh-squeezed juices, hot chocolate, and pancakes with red berries are among the menu highlights.

Belmondo

Hip and cozy, this eatery became an instant classic thanks to its fantastic sandwiches, available for lunch and dinne—but the breakfast options are equally popular. Try bacon, egg and cheese on toasted biscuit, or a Croque Monsieur with black forest ham and Gruyere. Not in a sandwich mood? Go for the buttermilk pancakes with berries and syrup. 

Eno

This combo of gourmet shop and neighborhood hangout is the work of famed chef Enrique Olvera, who dishes out choices like organic yogurt with honey, French toast with house-made jelly and zucchini blossom quesadillas (plus excellent coffee) at Eno’s three locations. Don’t forget to buy an oatmeal cookie or a concha—you know, for the road.

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