Restaurante El Cardenal, Mexico City, 1/19/17

building
building

El Cardenal is a huge place with several floors of dining rooms, all packed with people.  There is a nice sized waiting area where you enter with a wonderful stained glass cardinal on one side and the good view of the kitchen on another side.  This place has been in business since 1969 and serves breakfast and thru the midday meal and does not take reservations. The staff spoke limited English but it was enough to get by.

front
front
waiting area
waiting area
view of kitchen in waiting area
view of kitchen in waiting area
Stained glass cardinal
Stained glass cardinal
Starters
Starters
Eggs
Eggs
Eggs 2
Eggs 2
Eggs 3, Bread
Eggs 3, Bread
Traditional dishes 1
Traditional dishes 1
Traditional 2
Traditional dishes 2
Traditional 3
Traditional 3
Suggestions
Suggestions
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Frankie liked the embroidery on the napkins
table set up
table set up

 

While looking over the menu they passed a basket of pastries and the warm sweet roll was delicious, tender with just the right amount of sweet. These are charged unlike their bread,  but everything there is very reasonably priced.  The house rolls are also nice with a crispy exterior and a nice chewy inside.

hot pastry
hot pastry
bread
bread
interior
interior
interior
interior
Frankie and the bread
Frankie and the bread

 

The beef was cooked as ordered but was a little tough to cut.  However it was juicy and tasty and mixed nicely with the beans and saucy tortillas.  The chilaquiles were served with a delicious red sauce and chicken. The corn chips were a mixture of crisp and soft all mixed with cheese and cream in that nice sauce.  The chicken was fine and all melded into a wonderful taste treat. Both dishes were not fancy but simple, well done food with great flavor content.

beef
Huarache “El Cardenal” – A portion of meat marinated in dry “guajillo” chili on top, served with a “huarache” (a wide stretched tortilla) over a layer of black beans, topped with spicy “morita” chili sauce, cram, onion, coriander and fresh cheese
another angle
another view
beef was nicely rare
beef was nicely rare
chiqueles
Chilaquiles verdes o rojos con pollo: Tortilla chips simmered in green or red sauce, topped with fresh cream, grated cheese, chopped onion and minced chicken breast. Served in a casserole. Spicy
little closer
Little closer
Frankie checked it out
Frankie checked it out
another room
another room
more rooms
more rooms
kitchen
kitchen
another kitchen shot
looking into the kitchen as you come down the stairs
Frankie found some flowers
Frankie found some flowers

 

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