When I first arrived in Mexico City I was very lucky that my friend Rose Burillo was here to show me the ropes around the street food in the city. Not everyone has this luxury however and it can be a little risky to know where to get street food. Unfortunately for so many foreigners they end up getting sick from some of the street food and that puts them off for life.
he reason why people get sick is either that the meat hasn’t been cooked well, the meat hasn’t been stored well or the hygiene of those working at the taco stand just isn’t very good. When you get it right however, you will run no risks regarding your health, and here is how to find the best one.
Judge By Public Opinion
The single best way to make sure that you pick a taco stand which is both safe and delicious is to judge by what the locals are doing. If there is a particular stand which is incredibly popular then you should head to that one. Locals may have stronger stomachs than tourists but they also know which are the best stands and which are not. This is why if you see a queue, you should head straight there.
Watch The Behaviors
It is also important that you pay attention to the behaviors of the people who are working at the taco stand. In the main they have very good hygiene and they always look to store the meat in the right way. Unfortunately however there are some which don’t, but you can in fact spot these people a mile away. Before you ask for anything to eat, just keep your eyes peeled as to how they are going about their business and then make a decision whether or not you think it is safe to eat or not.
Take a Food Tour
One of the best ways for you to try out the tastiest food in town is to take a food tour. These tours will take you through the markets to show you what kinds of goods are available, and then they will take you to some of the best spots in town to enjoy tacos and a wide range of local snacks which are sold on the streets. Obviously these ours are aimed at tourists which is why you can be safe in the knowledge that you won’t get sick, as this would of course be bad for business. Once you have done the tour you will have a far better understanding of what is the best food to try and where the best places are to eat.
Be careful when you are eating street food, the majority of it is absolutely fine and tastes great, but there is a minority of places which are not going to do you any favors. Avoiding getting sick is paramount during your stay here.
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