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Hungry at UNAM?

By Elvia Palma Vázquez.

Imagine

that

you are students who are in your very first contact with

the

University

(UNAM) and you want to eat something. First, as logic demands, you will eat what it is near you, no matter if it is good or bad, cheep or expensive. Open area of “Café Azul y Oro”, Zona Cultural Universitaria

The objective of this article is that a student, like you, will

or if you don’t have enough money,

know exacly where to eat depending

you can go to those that are good

on his/her specific needs. This

but not that expensive.

means that you will identify those places to eat that fullfill your needs;

Hungry but with no money?

for example. if you are searching for

Inside UNAM there are a lot

something very fancy, you get to

of places in which you can eat with

know those places inside UNAM;

only,

20

pesos

or

less.

The

cheepest option is to eat the famous


“Tacos de canasta”1. But where can

are sold by a man who has a bicicle

a person eat those and not die

and stops at those places.

triying? Well, the most popular ones

Another

option

when

you

are in two different places; the first

don’t have enough money to eat is

one is near Philosophy and Letters

the little “improvised” shops that are

School,

in

placed

at

the long hall

UNAM

and

in front of the

that have a

Main in

library

construction

UNAM,

similar

called

to

those where

“Biblioteca

newspapers

central”. The

are sold. In

oher

these

little

are infront of

places

we

the

can find from

Engineering

a “queca2” to

ones

school, wich also happens to be in

a

front of CELE.

“chilaquiles”3, “tortas4”, etc. and with

It’s important to point out that

hot

dog,

a little extra amount of money you

the “tacos de canasta” don’t have a

can add fried potatoes.

specific space to be, because they

2

1

Taco de canasta: tacos made within a basket you don’t want to know how!- and filles with potatoe or beans, “adobo”, “chicharron, fried pork”, “chorizo, pork meats mixture”, etc.

hamburgers,

Queca: also called quesadilla.It is a tortilla with something in between: cheese, or cheese with an extra course. 3 Chilaquiles: mexican course made of tortilla and green, or red, sauce 4 Torta: course made of bread with something in between; the most common “torta” is the one made with cheese, ham and vegetables. It’s like a sandwich, but made of a different kind of bread.


My favourite one of these

Philosophy and Letters School, in

places is the one between the Law

which you can eat “tortas”, fruit,

School and the Philosophy and

“chilaquiles”, or complete meals with

Letters School, it’s the fastest and

40 to 50 pesos; here you can find

cheapest option to eat, and it is

the most healthy option to eat cheep

open from 7 or 8 in the morning to 8

and

or 9 at night.

breakfast.

with

a

complete

meal

or

The menu in the morning Moore money ?

includes: juice or fruit, coffe, main

There are places tha are not

course and bread or “tortillas”; at

so expensive, but you’ll need a little

noon includes beverage, soup, rice,

more money to eat, in these places

main course and bread or “tortillas6”.

you could have a chair and a table

There is another little home

and sometimes a waitres!!!!

made food place, near the “Fronton

Places within this categorie goes

from

the

snak

bar

cerrado” that it is called “Doña Male”

on

in which the main atraction, so to

Philosophy and Letters School, to

speak, is the “comida corrida7”. In

those places where you can eat a

this place you can eat with the

compleat meal near the “Fronton

amount of 40 pesos and includes

cerrado”5.

soup, rice, main course, beans,

The cheepest option in this category

is

the

cafeteria

in

beverage (flavoured water) “tortillas” and it is also very tasty, so it is a good option if you have enough

5

The “Fronton cerrado is a place where basketball team, volleyball team, handball team and gymnastics team train. It is next to “Escuela Nacinonal de Trababjo Social” (National School of Social work) just at the back of Accounting and Administration School.

6

Torrtilla is a thin, flat maize pancake. Comida corrida: when the place, where you are going to eat, offers a full meal with at least 3 courses: soup, rice, main course, and sometimes, dessert. 7


money and a lot of hunger with the

In average, the prices of

need of feeling like you miss home.

these places go from 100 to 200,

Money is not a problem

depending the time of the day and if

If money is not a problem I

you order a full meal or only ask for

would recommend the restaurant at

coffe and a pie. But you must be

the cultural area of UNAM, near the

sure that every time you have sit in

MUAC8 it’s a restaurant called “Azul

this places you are going to spend

y Oro”. Here, not only works one of

at least 100 pesos.

the most important chefs in Mexico, but also you can find a very large range of food that it’s tasty, healthy, and different from the other places in UNAM. This brand, also has another

restaurant

near

the

Engineering Research Institute, but the original one is the one close to MUAC. And speaking of the MUAC, it also has a restaurant that is nice and the food is not bad. This

going down the stairs, near the museum’s library.

8

MUAC stands for Museo Univeristario de Arte contemporaneo (Contemporary Art Museum)

Architecture School’s Cafeteria

resaturant is inside the museum,


In brief Kind of food

Average of money to spend

Aproximate schedule

“Tacos” Flavour: potatoe, “chicharron”, beens, “adobo”, sausage.

10 to 15 pesos

All day long

All kind

30 to 60 pesos

From early morning to night

30 to 40 pesos

Morning to 5 pm

Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Faast food in general

20 to 30 pesos

From 8 am to 8 pm

Cafeterias at schools

Fast food & Complete meals

From 30 to 50 pesos

9 am to 7pm

Doña male

Compleat meal

40 pesos

2 pm to 5 pm

Azul y oro & Muac

Complete meals

From 60 to 200

10 am to 8 pm

Place

Tacos de canasta

Paseo de la amiba Psicotaco

Little shops near schools

9

“Garnacha9”

Garnacha is a term used to name a kind of food that combines corn and fat, example of this are the so called quesadillas, gorditas, pamabzos, sopes, tacos, falutas.


Hungry???