Best skinny gordita
Antojitos Esther is, in more than one way, the perfect restaurant. Their economy is tiny, round, flawless. It has the size it needs: small and skinny. Even better: it grows or shrinks according to their clients: outside, on the wall in Santísima street, they improvise a second Esther restaurant by sitting on little stools or just standing. Only women work here, which should be a rule in any respected company. (By the way, they are very calm women, with an outstanding memory, considering the plague of orders and the absence of an electronic high-tech system. Esther hasn’t given-in to progress or progress hasn’t beaten Esther). Food here is from a different time. In Esther, every dish is one of the taco cousins. The gordita is controversial: very skinny, so thin that it cannot be cut horizontally; it’s not topped with onions and cilantro but with grilled beef and cheese. Guajillo sauce offers touches of smut and spiciness. The pork rinds quesadilla is even more surprising and deep: smoked, toasted, and unsweetened raisin kind of notes; a greasy but spicy hot texture but kicky but resistant. Dear Esther: you’re the best, we love you.
Santísima 22, Barrio de Loreto.
Prices. A pork rinds quesadilla and a beef and cheese gordita will be maximum 60 pesos.