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Finally, I found it. I’ve been past the place dozens of times and always said “We should try that place.” REAL authentic Mexican food in Quito.
It’s just a hole in the wall, basic, cheap place, but the food is damn good. You walk in and sit down, and it’s got a different ambience, it doesn’t feel like Ecuador. No music playing, some knickknacks on the walls and a map of Mexico. Tile from floor to ceiling, clean and spartan. It’s not anything fancy, they only have four dishes on the menu, but they’re goooooood. Tacos, Quesadillas, Tostadas and Sopes, and Posole on the weekends. They’ve got a small steam table set up front with all the fixings, and a small griddle where they heat and saute stuff. Your basic Mexican street food done right.
I’ve never seen a place so busy either, not even a fancy, upscale restaurant. We arrived at about 1:15, and there were maybe 5 tables full, and another dozen empty. By 1:30, the place was packed and there were people waiting outside for a table! First time I have ever seen this in Quito anywhere, with the exception of fast food at the mall. I had the Tostadas-3 large chicken tostadas served with creamy guacamole and beans on the side, and delicious salsas on the table. Sebastian had the 3 chicken taco plate, and Maria had the Quesadillas. No dish more than $7.50, and we could barely finish.
It’s not on TripAdvisor-it will be soon though. It’s not in any guide books, and it’s nowhere near where the tourists hang out. But it’s worth a visit if you’re looking for some cheap, tasty, and filling eats in Quito. Elia Liut and Brasil streets, on the corner.