Viva La Revolución: Celebrating July 4th in Mexico

Everybody likes a good revolution and the (hopefully) ensuing independence. What better way to celebrate the U.S. on July 4th than with a good burger. They ARE available in The Big Taco at the following places.

Embers Steakhouse
This old Polanco warhorse has been in business for decades, so they should know what they’re doing. “Reminiscent of Mexico’s yesteryear”, their menu proudly proclaims in English although somehow I doubt that anywhere in Mexico’s past existed a burger house. They do try hard to please. There are 43 different combinations of burgers on the menu including such odd offerings as The Hula Burger Hawaiana (pineapple), The Russian Burger (Russian dressing) and the mysteriously named ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ (filled with paté and olives sautéed in butter). The fries are flavorful and a myriad of condiments are set before you, as is a copious salad bar which is included in the price of lunch.

Embers Steakhouse
Ejercito Nacional 840 Between Séneca & Moliere, Polanco
Tel. 5282-1905

Barracuda Diner
This is the capital’s only US style diner – or better said, a contrived approximation of one. It is many expat’s first choice for burgers, which are offered in myriad variations; they also do good milkshakes. Evenings it becomes a bar/hang-out and in the “wee small hours,” a post-disco re-fueling stop.

Barracuda Diner
Nuevo León 4,  Condesa Tel. 5211-9480 / 5286-1636
Open Tuesday-Sunday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.

All in the Family:
Perhaps the best burgers of all are done at these familiarly related Mexican venues:

Michoacan 168, corner of Mazatlan, Condesa
Av. Alvaro Obregón 110, at Orizaba
Casa Tíos
Paseo de las Palmas 530, Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec

Padrinos Isabel la Católica 30, inside the Hotel Downtown, centro

*A special thanks the Mr. M. Parker for the Ann Miller inspiration.


  1. And don't forget Cluny when south, one of the best burgers in the City and Butcher & Sons in Polanco, they have an amazing ground lamb burger. Carl

  2. American Legion Bar on Celaya 25 in La Condesa has absolutely the best American food in DF. For the 4th there is a BBQ special and classic American music spun on vinyl all day.

  3. Tony Chinn AnayaJuly 4, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Bummer! I wish had known about the BBQ Special at American Legion Bar! Next year. =) I love the bacon burger at "Second" on Amsterdam and Parras in the Condesa. YUM!

  4. I lived in the DF for almost 4 yrs, but just left. Finding the good burgers in town was a hobby of mine. I can really recommend the new-ish joint Butchers and Sons in Polanquito... It's been around about a year. I also really like K-6 in Condessa on Amsterdam with Teotihuacan. I like both their burgers better than Embers and Barracuda. Butchers has good Mexican microbrews and a good gin menu, and their pudding dessert is frankly amazing.
    Happy 4th!

  5. I had a burger at Sobrino's in Roma Nte. It was good meat, but IMO, a burger should be served on a soft hamburger bun, not a hunk of crusty baguette. But overall, I couldn't complain.

    My favorite cheap DF burgers are those at the stand up only Hamburguesas al Parrilla, on Calle Colima, corner of Calle Michoacán, Roma Nte. It's catty corner from Parque Pushkin. They are deliciously juicy, and it's best to incline your upper body downward in order to not get hamburger juices on your clothes.I prefer them without the optional slice of canned pineapple.

    Don Cuevas