Just came across this link-back, and as the aforementioned Midwesterner in Mexico, let me second the vote for Mexico City as a foodie town!! I will back this up with an article from WSJ: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123215425094092359.html and NY Times: http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/.... We are heading back to DC in October, and whine on a daily basis how much we will miss the amazing, cheap food here in DF. It truly runs the gamut from delicious 10-peso street tacos at 4AM to elegant 4-course meals that while expensive, are still a steal compared to the US.
Additionally, we have been living like pigs in sh*t with all the fruit and veg here that is practically free-- if you love avocados and mangoes and fresh-squeezed OJ but can't handle the prices in the US, you will never run the risk of scurvy here in DF.
While I certainly support the various Asian cities proposed below, Mexico City offers an amazing breadth of Mexican food that you've never seen in the States, plus cultural & travel opps a-go-go, but you're still close enough to make a trip back for some Carolina BBQ. :) Good luck!!
For anyone struggling to find an authentic Indian restaurant in Mexico, there's a hot new contender in Guadalajara. We just stumbled across Little India on 15/Nov/2009, and it's the best Indian restaurant we've encountered in more than a year living in Mexico. It's apparently only been open 12 days, and is well worth a visit.
We started off with chicken samosas (~60 pesos) which were light and delicious. Main courses, which range from 80 - 130 pesos, included chicken tikka masala and chicken korma (only beef korma was on the menu, but they happily accomodated our request), which came with basmati rice. All of the dishes were tender and had a lovely balance of nuanced spicyness without being over the top. Garlic naan was amazing. Dessert included pistachio ice cream and kheer (rice pudding) - both fantastic. With mango lassis and water, the bill came to an extremely reasonable 400 pesos or so.
The service was very good and the owner, Raj Singh, was friendly and hospitable (and speaks English). The Indian decor was simple, with very pretty light fixtures and the requisite Indian music videos playing on a single unobtrusive TV. Check it out!
Sounds like a fantastic trip! A few comments for what they're worth:
* Here's some commentary from my recent trip to Izote if you're interested: http://www.midwesternerinmexico.com/2009/03/02/dinner-at-izote/
* I am a fan of Bazaar Sabado in San Angel + Coyoacan in the afternoon on Saturdays. Lots of interesting art pieces + souvenir options. Recommend arriving around 10AM to again beat the heat + herds of gringos. (more info: http://www.midwesternerinmexico.com/2008/08/06/saturday-in-san-angel/)
* Be sure to set aside one meal for Tacos Al Pastor. El Tizoncito is a good option in Condesa: www.eltizoncito.com.mx/ Or El Huequito in the centro: http://www.insidemex.com/taste/food/taste-insight-tacos-al-pastor-nicholas-gilman
* Pujol and Jaso are both fantastic food & service. I recommend the seafood tasting menu + wine pairings at Pujol. They may not be as bustling with people @ night, but the food was still great.
* If you have time/energy in the afternoon after a morning Teotihuacan visit, I recommend the Castillo de Chapultepec in the park. Close to your hotel; gorgeous views of the park/city. If you're feeling sluggish, skip the initial museum section & spend time in the castle/gardens
* There are several cantinas in the Centro that are a good stops for a drink/snack; I put together a map of a few spots. I would probably pick La Mascota (http://www.midwesternerinmexico.com/2...)
Can anyone advise where to find fresh cranberries in Mexico City? My usual haunts have been letting me down so far in my search...
Anyone who has any hot tips will be rewarded with a fantastic recipe for Cranberry Daiquiris... :)