The food vendors are definitely a part of the ambiance and chaos that is Mexico City. Their aromas can be tantalizing; the fact that they take up half of the busy sidewalks can be aggravating. There are those who proclaim that the tastiest, most authentic... and cheapest... food in the city is to be found at these sidewalk stalls.
I must admit that I have never partaken of the culinary delights of street food in Mexico. Call me a scaredy cat if you like, but no matter how tempting the food might look and smell, it still seems to me an invitation to experience "Montezuma's Revenge". I know, I know, one can dine at the classiest restaurants anywhere in the world and still come down with food poisoning, e-coli or salmonella. But I have traveled to Mexico countless times, and I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times that I have suffered intestinal distress. So I think that my caution has paid off. And I am not alone. My friend Alejandro, a native-born "chilango" who is in no way an elitist snob, never eats street food.
I would be interested in hearing from my readers who travel to Mexico or who live there... do you eat the street food or not?