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    Menu of the Day

    Daniel Hernández explores the best of Mexico City's small, family-run diners, called fondas.

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    A Glimpse Inside Mexico City’s Classic Fondas, Home of the Original Value Meal

    I was a freelance journalist for a few years chugging my way through odd jobs and writing assignments for poor pay and a safety net of zero. Because of this, I became intimately familiar with the fondas in my neighborhood, the small, family-run diners that dish out affordable prix-fixe lunches; the heart and soul of Mexico City’s home-style cuisine.