Fonda El Refugio is a sixty year old restaurant located between Florencia and Amberes streets in Mexico City. This place has seen through a lot of growth and changes over history and in spite its age, or maybe because of it, the restaurant continues to be packed with diners every night, especially Saturdays.
What started as a family restuarant became a Mexican landmark. The inside of the restaurant feels a lot like Grandma’s kitchen, in that its cozy and very much comfortable to dine in. Even to this day, it has stil retained its wooden floor, colonial structure and furniture, with a touch of Frida Callo-inspired art pieces.
The restaurant has a focal center, this large fireplace that is decored with copper pans and pots. It’s quite an informal setting, although, people who regularly dine here do not come from a rowdy crowd. In fact, the atmosphere is both refined, but really very welcoming.
The menu of Refugio boasts of authentic and truly classic Mexican favorites. There are special family secret recipes infused with traditional choices like the arroz con platanos and the highly recommended Huachinango a la Veracruzana, which comes with fresh tomatoes and olives. Those who enjoy spicy dishes should sample its Chiles Poblanos, which comes stuffed with high grade beef with cheese. Diners should also sample chicken breast, which comes with this minty and nutty jade colored sauce. The food not only tastes delicious, it also is wonderful to look at. Refugio’s tortilla alone is enough to keep coming back for more. The tortillas are handmade and always served fresh.
Fonda El Refugio has seen its worst times when its matriarch passed away. Fortunately, the family promised to uphold her legacy and continues to serve good food and great service to this day.