For years I’d been on the hunt for some legit Mexican food in Bogota. Having been completely clueless about Latino cuisine, I thought finding Mexican grub in Colombia wouldn’t be a hard task but much to my surprise, and probably due to the lack of tolerance for spicy food here, there’s not a whole lot going on in Bogota for the Mexican cuisine. Finally, after doing a bit of research, I discovered an establishment on the most unassuming street in the middle of Galerias which claimed to serve proper Mexican fare.
Walking in you get a feel that the owner has created a mini-shrine to his beloved homeland. The walls are lined with photos of mariachis, wrestlers, traditional clothing and old movie posters. Some people may find the decor a little tacky but for me as long as the food is good, I’m all for a little bit of fun.
Originally from Mexico City, Eduardo Ramirez came to Colombia a mere 5 years ago and like many other expats settled down with a Colombian wife. He told me the hardest part of his and his fellow compatriots’s immersion into Colombia was the food (or lack of). His hunger for some home cooking led him to open La Fonda Mexicana.
Being a family man himself, Ramirez made La Fonda a family place. His wife runs the cashier while his kids play on the side. It’s an unpretentious joint with a local feel. The menu is chock full of Mexican classics such as tacos, enchiladas, chilaquiles, mole, pozole etc. If you’re thinking of going, don’t forget to check out their facebook page as they often prepare off the menu dishes.
I started off light with some nachos and black beans. A nice little snack to get me in the mood.
The specialty of the day were carnitas; slow cooked pork served in tacos with cilantro, onions and lime. Amazing.
I was craving some spice so I got some enchiladas verdes. I think the chef toned down the spice level as Colombians generally do not like spicy food. The sauce was otherwise fantastic and they were very generous with the portion.
La Fonda Mexicana is a great place to visit if you’re looking for some simple home cooked Mexican chow. The lively and fun family atmosphere gives the whole place a comfortable ambiance where you can rock up in shorts and flip flops and chow down some tacos without having to worry about being under dressed. I’ll certainly be popping back in very soon to try out the mole.
La Fonda Mexicana
Calle 50, # 17-37
Tel. 301 315 3790 and 571 245-2286
Mon-Sat 12pm-9pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Price Range – $10,000-$25,000