Hell’s Kitchen is home to many great “hole in the wall” bars and restaurants and is a section of the city not often visited by your average tourist; many of these establishments can appear dirty or intimidating to the uneducated. Tehuitzingo definitely falls into this category…the sign is faded and dirty and it appears nothing more than a small Mexican grocery, with no external sign hinting of the thriving lunch counter in the back.
They specialize in everything Mexican; they carry beer that can be consumed at the counter, have tons or fruit sodas and have some great pastries you can get to go. The restaurant, if you can call it that, is at the back of the narrow store; there is literally a half door where you order and a few counters with mirrored walls and the ubiquitous tube TV with Spanish language variety shows on a loop.
Tacos are the way to go, and at $2.50 each they’re a steal; they come in several varieties including beef cheek, cow tongue, and goat. They’re all a la carte and there’s a self-service salsa/condiment bar with limes, onion and cilantro that’s gratis! The beef cheek was probably my favorite; tender, juicy and well-seasoned.
The other taco I was excited about was the chorizo and potato mixture with adobo sauce; while it had plenty of flavor, it was more potato than chorizo so it was a little disappointing and mushy.
I had three really solid tacos and a beer for $12 and left completely satisfied; if you’re looking for cheap eats or just some really authentic Mexican food you need to check Tehuitzingo out, and if you’re leery just go during daylight hours…