“Taxco de Alarcón, mejor conocida sólo como Taxco, es una ciudad del Sur de México, localizada en el estado de Guerrero. Es uno de los centros turísticos más importantes de dicho estado. La palabra Taxco proviene del náhuatl: “Tlachco” que significa “en el juego de pelota” o “en el sitio donde se juega a la pelota”. Taxco fue el lugar de nacimiento del dramaturgo Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, y en honor a él la ciudad tomó su nombre actual. Taxco es el centro minero más antiguo del continente, motivo por el cual es conocido por sus minas de plata, las cuales existen desde la época de la Colonia. Su tradicional trabajado de la plata es mundialmente reconocido.”
“Taxco de Alarcon, better known simply as Taxco, is a city in Southern Mexico, located in the state of Guerrero. It is one of the most important tourist centers in the state. The word Taxco comes from Nahuatl: “Tlachco” means “in the ballgame” or “the place where they play ball”. Taxco was the birthplace of playwright Juan Ruiz de Alarcon, and the full name of the city honors him. Taxco is the oldest mining center on the continent, famous for its silver mines which have existed since the Colonial era. The quality of its silver-work is world renowned.”
None of that has much of anything to do with the restaurant I’m about to delve into, though I admit the association of Taxco’s famed silver mines and the restaurant being located so near to the Rio de la Plata, our own route to the silver, raised my hopes. That and the place was recommended to me as authentically Mexican, being run and staffed by Mexicans, and with spice levels not toned down for local tastes. So off we trooped to Taxco, Godoy Cruz 3214 in Palermo chico, with high hopes and tastebuds already primed. [Closed]
It’s a cute little place, looking like a quiet cantina that you might even find in some parts of Mexico. The menu intriguing, certainly the usual suspects – tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas – but with the promise of them being done right, that’s not a bad thing. The obligatory bowl of corn chips and salsa arrived, the chips typical supermarket versions, the sauce tasting vaguely of tomato and carrot, with no heat whatsoever. Uh oh. We asked, however, and got a bowl of green jalapeño sauce that at least kicked it up a notch. We continued to peruse. It’s not a cheap place for a little cafe style restaurant and it quickly became clear that dinner was going to cost. But if it was really, really good….
A couple of beers each (30 pesos a bottle for Corona or Negro Modelo!). Tack on a whopping 10 pesos per person cubierto charge, and a tip for our really charming waitress (who was not Mexican, but Dominican, not that that should matter – no idea about the owners or cooks and only noted because of the recommendation we’d gotten for the visit), and this rather disappointing dinner came in at over 300 pesos. That’s just plain ridiculous.
Although better service, the food didn’t hold a candle to most of what we had at our recent revisit to Xalapa, and Taxco cost roughly 50% more for skimpier quantities. We’ll pass on a return.