Comedor Familiar Vegetariano

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 3 reviews )

Dolores 57 5, Centro, Area 5, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico, 06050

Vegetarian restaurant with only a small sign on the wall at street level, so can be easily missed. Homey atmosphere, like someone's apartment with the living room converted into a dining space. Served comida corrida style, so it's a fixed menu with no a la carte options.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Mexican

3 Reviews

First Review by tsmith6

Acogedor - Edit

"Acogedor" means cozy in Spanish. This is a very small restaurant that has a fair amount of vegetarian options that can be made vegan; however, they are very good simple dishes at an affordable price.

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Historic gem on a pretty park - Edit

This place has an incredible history which goes back to 1933 (the owner took the time to tell me a bit about how her mother-in-law opened the first version of it with a German woman in 1933, on Calle Artículo 123, and how it moved to the current location in the late 40's). As noted, it is on the second floor and easy to walk past if you're not looking for – it's basically on the corner of the park and Dolores.

The restaurant is a bit on the small side, but some of the window seats have beautiful views over Parque San Juan. While the food as served can be a bit bland – many customers have eaten here over the decades at the advice of a doctor who advised something like a "bland vegetarian diet with no salt" or something – they also have hot sauce and other condiments you can use to adjust to taste. They tend towards dishes with fresh vegetables and tortillas/tostadas instead of the soy/gluten meats which are popular in some other restaurants.

Not the place to go for a fancy meal, but friendly, cheap, and radiating Mexico City vegetarian history. Go and support this family business at least once during your visit!

Pros: tons of character, friendly, family-run, hearty, simple, cheap meals

Cons: lack of variety, somewhat cramped space

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cozy atmosphere, bland food - Edit

There seems to be an understanding among certain people in Mexico that vegetarian and vegan food must be bland. As if people only eat it to settle queasy stomachs. This place is great if you are on a flavor-restricted diet. Although I typically enjoy spicier fare, the food at Comedor Familiar Vegetariano was refreshing in its simplicity. It probably would be therapeutic for digestive problems. To be fair, I asked for vegan food when the fixed menu was vegetarian; the vegetarian offerings might be more adventurous. I greatly appreciated that the chef was willing to accommodate my request. The owners are welcoming and friendly, as are the patrons, who give a warm "buen provecho!" to their fellow diners as they exit.

Pros: friendly staff, cozy, home-like atmosphere, inexpensive

Cons: bland

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