Sanborns is a nationwide chain of family restaurants with a shop attached.
The restaurants offer both traditional Mexican dishes, as well as some Tex-Mex
and international fare. The shops sell books, magazines, CDs, electronics, as
well as sweets and usually a pharmacy and ATM are located inside the stores. The
range of English books and magazines depends on the specific location.
As chains of family restaurants go, this isn’t a bad one and we frequent
them on every visit. The food is generally tasty and reasonably priced. The
selection available is vast, so there is something for every taste and occasion.
Breakfast is served until 1pm and can be a full Mexican or American breakfast
or lighter stuff such as hot cakes and waffles or yogurt and muesli. Most of the
food is traditional Mexican and full meals include the traditional pasta or rice
dishes served as starters to a meat main course. Lighter fare such as enchiladas
and tacos as well as true Tex-Mex fajitas and burritos are also available.
Various international options such as sandwiches and burgers are also available
to make it a true family restaurant even for foreigners with picky children. A
range of cakes is on offer to round off a full meal or to enjoy with coffee only. If you come for the latter only, it is considered good form NOT to help yourself from the breadbasket that usually arrives with the menus.
Sanborns always have fresh flowers on each table and always a combination of
red and white -- usually carnations. According to tradition, the original owner
was told that his enterprise would prosper as long as red and white flowers
appear together on the tables. The waitresses wear colorful traditional Mexican
dresses and service is usually good. Décor varies by location.
The first Sanborns was opened in the Casa de Azulejos in the Centro
Histórico and it still occupies this building. The location is superb and the
décor here fantastic consisting of centuries old tile mosaics. Although you
could probably find better restaurants in the center of Mexico City going to
Sanborns here is not a bad choice. The food is good and reasonably priced and
you are assured of both Mexican and more international food. Also lunch in
Mexico can be a leisurely affair taking easily two hours so service in many
restaurants can be slow for the simple reason that most patrons are in no rush.
However, if you don’t want to waste daylight sightseeing hours on lunch, you
can be in and out of Sanborns in 20 minutes.
Furthermore, and frequent visitors to these shores can confirm the importance
of the following: I’ve been sick in Mexico City many times, but never has a
meal in Sanborns been the prime suspect.
La Casa de los Azulejos
Francisco Madero 73-7
Tel: 5510 3748