It’s midday in Mexico City, and men and women swarm the streets for lunch. The city’s colossal main square, Zócalo, is a patchwork of excitement as workers escape for their afternoon meals and feverishly wait at the dozens of food stalls. Smoke clouds create a haze from the grilling meats and fill the air with intoxicating smells. I inhale and float like a cartoon character toward the various stalls that dish out everything from freshly made tortillas to bowls of pozole (traditional soup), and I am quickly amazed at the care and pride that the cooks put into their creations: one woman places a small, pink flower on top of a plate of rice and beans for each customer. It is here, on the outskirts of the square, that I go against my tour guide’s advisement (not everyone’s stomach is capable of digesting street food). “But, if you insist,” she says, “you must sample carne de puerco con verdolagas (pork with purslane). I watch as an older man stirs the broth and pours me a hefty bowl, and I thank him and pay the $1.50 for it. I find a place to sit, and I watch men dance ritual healing ceremonies to an excited crowd, and I eat. It’s a fragrant, light broth with delicious tender meat; I couldn’t be happier. While Mexico City is rife with homemade, traditional cuisine that can easily be found in every corner of the city within fondas (small cantinas) and at food stalls, the city is quickly becoming known for its fine dining venues. During my recent visit, I had the opportunity to indulge my taste buds at five exciting venues that seamlessly blend culture and cuisine.