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Las Jirafas y la Mula in Santa Maria la Ribera

Back in December, John, friend Susan & I went on a long overdue visit to one of Mexico City’s up-and-coming neighborhoods, Santa Maria la Ribera. (Read as: no Starbucks yet) For additional colonia commentary, check out SMlR resident Jesus Chairez’s blog, or Lesley’s post re. her visit.  There are several cute little spots, like the oft-mentioned Russian restaurant Kolobok. We did not commit to a full meal of Russian food, but I can speak highly of both the empanadas & the wheat bread sold at the to-go window.  Jesus also recommends Salon Paris, one of the local cantinas.

But one place I’ve not seen heralded is the restaurant “Las Jirafas y la Mula” (the giraffes & the mule). They get double-bonus-points for having a sweet website complete with animated giraffes running across the screen.

Why is Las Jirafas y la Mula worth a visit? So glad you asked…

  • They have a cohesive, witty marketing theme: everything is tall or long, like a giraffe!! (ok, fine, so I’m not sure where the mule fits in…)
    • The quesadillas are an impressive 45 cm long
    • The beer is served in yard glasses
This mammoth quesadilla happily provided a light snack for 3, when combined with agua de jamaica & a 1/2 yard of beer.

This mammoth quesadilla happily provided a light snack for 3, when combined with agua de jamaica & a 1/2 yard of beer.

  • They have a display case full of kitschy giraffe accoutrements, which speaks to me since I feel giraffes are probably my closest animal relative (tall and elegant…?).
Hello giraffe pals. I always like to see a theme maximized to its full potential.

Hello giraffe pals. I always like to see a theme maximized to its full potential.

  • The yards of beer are stabilized by metal rods that slip into holes PRE-DRILLED into your table. Brilliant!
A well-engineered beer holder, if I've ever seen one. Sidenote: John & I were not intentionally trying to dress/act alike this day... I swear, we are not one of those couples who wear the same brightly colored hawaiian shirt whenever we travel together. Honest.

A well-engineered beer holder, if I've ever seen one. Sidenote: John & I were not intentionally trying to dress/act alike this day... I swear, we are not one of those couples who wear the same brightly colored hawaiian shirt whenever we travel together. Honest.

  • They have a salad-bar-esque station with various toppings for your quesadilla, including an excellent salsa verde (& plenty of chopped-up nopales for anyone who likes the slimy little devils).
  • Flour tortillas for the quesadillas! (yes, it’s true….I kind of like flour better than corn…pls don’t tell anyone in DF)
  • You can order either just plain dark or light beer, or beer with a variety of crazy flavors added to it. We wussed out on our first visit & just got a straight-up dark beer, but we will probably have to go back to try the cerveza de sabor….

We will be making a return trip soon to further bond with my giraffe friends, so will try to report back on the edgier beer options. This could also be a great lunch option after a visit to El Chopo on a Saturday afternoon– it’s just a few blocks west of that market, across Insurgentes.

Las Jirafas y la Mula: Calle Manuel Carpio #93, a la esquina con Doctor Atl, Colonia Santa Maria la Ribera

Here you can review the options for quesadilla fillings & strategize in advance on what you would like your "45 centimetros de sabor" to contain!

Here you can review the options for quesadilla fillings & strategize in advance on what you would like your "45 centimetros de sabor" to contain!

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5 Comments on “Las Jirafas y la Mula in Santa Maria la Ribera”

  1. #1 Las Jirafas y la Mula in Santa Maria la Ribera – Midwesterner in … | Giraffes Behavior & Social Structure
    on Jan 27th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

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  2. #2 Rachel
    on Jan 28th, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Hi!
    Hi!
    Love your blog–especially the part about “Mandrew.”

    I just started this travel blog for women and I’m collecting photos from women travelers like you. Submit a photo of yourself in Mexico and some tips for other women travelers who are going there, and we’ll link back to your blog.

    Visit our blog: http://www.pinkpangea.wordpress.com and get in touch at: pinkpangea@gmail.com

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Rachel

  3. #3 rageforst
    on Feb 7th, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Nice Blog, nice places, even living in Mexico you can’t realize all the places offering you nice meals… hehe

    Thanks for dignify us, you know how are the things right here, but the magical and pretty things never decay.

    If you need more places to go just send a message and i’ll give you some locations ;)

  4. #4 IGC
    on Aug 4th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Nice blog, the mule refers to the boss!! XD ( It´s true)
    And don´t worry we wont tell anyone cuz those quesadillas are made with corn haha :P

  5. #5 Julie
    on Aug 7th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Good to know, IGC! The tortillas had me tricked! :)

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