El Rey del Pavo


El Rey del Pavo

By Eduardo | @cazadordelomejor

In Mexico, and many parts of the world, roasted turkey is mainly served during the holiday season. Imagine a place where shaved slices of juicy roasted turkey are served on a soft telera smothered with avocado and spicy rajas. This place exists, it’s located in the heart of downtown Mexico City and, here, you can devour a turkey torta during any month of the year.

El Rey del Pavo has been in business for over a century. It was founded in 1910 by Ramón Avellana, a Spanish man from Gironella, a small town just North of Barcelona. Ramón moved to Mexico in 1906 and brought with him homey recipes, which are still used in the kitchen, and the idea of charcoal roasting the turkeys. The first location was at Palma Street #19. After moving locations twice, Ramón’s nephew, Carlos Moreno, is in charge of the restaurant’s new location, just a couple blocks down, at Palma Street #32 in Mexico City’s historic center.

slicing tortas at el rey de pavo

Walking in you’ll see an open kitchen and lined up are the torteros and taqueros making turkey tortas and tacos by the dozen. There are lots of options here ranging from turkey breast in adobo, thigh, and turkey chicharrón. The restaurant is simple, lots of wooden tables with blue leather chairs that make for a diner-like feel. Most of the people who go in for a bite have been visiting the place for years and bring different generations of the family to try it.

Each time I visit, I’ll start off with a taco and end with a torta, accompanied by a hot bowl of turkey broth to dip. It’s hard to leave this place without a takeout bag to enjoy for dinner.

taco at El Rey de Pavo

El Rey del Pavo, Calle de la Palma 32, Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México

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  1. Uno de mis lugares favoritos. No puedo ir a México, sin visitarlo.
    Mis tortas favoritas, pechuga adobada con dorados, longaniza y jamón serrano.
    Ya se me antojó. Tengo que planear mi próximo viaje.

  2. Pati,

    Quisiera contactarte a ti o tu management company para ver la posibilidad de un evento privado. Me podrían pasar esos contactos? Me pueden DM en Instagram flpier. Muchas gracias!

  3. I would love to try this it looks so good, easy and simple, and I am always into trying Mexican and Spanish food.

  4. Pati you have made me so happy today!
    I went to EL REY the very first time I visited Mexico (Sheeshay 1988!!!) very good memories, and El Rey Del Pavo became the nickname of our cat Monte due to his affinity for turkey.
    So many old-fashioned places are closing, but it’s good The King is still with us. Gracias poor todo, Ro

  5. I love turkey and l think l would fall in love with these. Thank you Pati for introducing us to the wonderful foods in Mexico.

    1. Oh yes!
      El Cardenal
      El Bajio
      Lardo or Rosetta
      Los Panchos and eat Campechanos
      Tortas Atlixco
      Have a great trip, Nathalie!

  6. I love Mexican food such a wealth of flavors and texture. I cook Mexican food at least 2 times a week. Thank You Pati cook books and your show on PBS. Sincerely Yours Diann in California

  7. This was a favorite place of mine to go for a torta. Whenever I went shopping down town, I would stop there for one.

    1. I don’t have the recipe for them….but you should head to El Rey if you can 😉 But I’m also working on some new sandwich recipes…so stay tuned, Bernice.