Tortillas, Tamales, salsa Tacos, Quesadillas and Empanadas
with a juicy steak Argentinean style…
It’s not the
largest city but it certainly has a plethora of excellent restaurants to
choose from. On our first night there we came across a patio restaurant near
the market that offered an entrée, main course and two margaritas for a
grand sum of $11 for two people. I knew I was going to love my stay in San
Miguel but while the prices around town ended up higher, they were still
reasonable considering the food and service we encountered.
I’ll have to go back and try the ones I missed but here
are some you should know about. If you can think of others you want to
mention, (and there are many) let me know. Some are casual bistros while
others are more sophisticated. It’s always a matter of taste, mood and level
of sophistication. But don’t be fooled. Some of the places I mention are
simple from the outside. It’s what they put on the plate that matters.
Eating in Mexico is a fine old tradition where food is
served in a mix of color and flavor. There is an early native influence with
turkey, avocado, yams, guava, papaya and chocolate.
There is also a French influence as the French brought the
idea of Haute Cuisine after 1860 and of course there is the Spanish
influence with imported livestock, rice, wheat, apples and oranges, carrots,
potatoes, garlic, cinnamon, oregano and black pepper. It’s a strong
foundation to build on and today we enjoy a mouth-watering and uniquely
Excellent and Authentic award winning Mexican food since
1945 in a relaxing patio protected by the rain. The staff is friendly and
the evening guitar music creates a warm atmosphere. You might be greeted by
one of the two founding sisters. Here you’ll find long menus delicious and
attractive food at bargain prices. Phone: 152 01 27
Zacateros #26 This is a multi level charming patio and
Sports bar called Manolos with two Big screens, a pool table and dart board.
You can’t go wrong here at lunch or later. We had a steak dinner here that
was perfectly prepared and were invited to return a few days later to watch
the Super bowl. For a while on the roof terrace I forgot I was in Mexico as
at least a hundred diners passed the time eating burgers and fries while
they cheered for their team. It might have been one of the best burgers I
ever ate, certainly the largest. We had live a background of music by a
singer-guitar player but certainly not during the football game.
www.casapayo.com for more information or reservations.
Correo #23 This international restaurant was a little more
sophisticated with a huge menu including Mexican and International food.
El Pegaso A great choice but no true atmosphere here. This
is still a great choice…often crowded.
Corregidora # 6 In the ‘centro’ a block from La Jardin, we
came across a very inauspicious building that housed El Pegaso (Pegasus). We
went here three times in a month and had delicious soups and salads prepared
at our table by Fernando and found ourselves in a meeting place of many
Expats. One even invited us to play bridge with his friends.
This is a simple eatery on a busy corner with tiny
figurines decorating the walls. It is unpretentious and delicious. They
really know how to make you feel at home. The food is basically Mexican and
it’s important to note that they close on Sundays. Call 152 1351 or 155 7611
Ole Ole Bistro cafe is a great place for lunch. It’s a
little out of the loop, as they say, and while its walls are covered with
bullfighting scenes it is a little “tired” or worn. But it is colorful and
has the flavor of brave bulls (although stuffed). The fajitas are wonderful
and filling. I ordered mine with chicken but you can try ostrich, I’m told..
They offered free chips and two different salsas for those who don’t like it
Even the napkins and tablecloths were bright and cheerful.
At lunch time it was not crowded at Loreta #
Ten Ten Pie Indoor or outdoor eating…Next to Hotel Rosada
Tia Lucas Restaurant-Bar Jazz for late-nighters. Patio
ambiance with overhanging trees and tepid service for moderate prices. You
watch them prepare your salad which is slow but fun. You may need
reservations as the steak and jazz lovers come early and stay late.
Convivial Maitre D Max Altamirano will welcome you and make you feel at
They are across from the theatre at #130 Mesones. For more
information go to
www.travelbymexico.com or call 415 152 4996
Bagel Café for those of you who want a breakfast like Mama
makes. A plain eating place near El Jardin with good service and great
coffee. We were luck enough to meet Jennifer Butz, one of the owners, who
spotted us as tourists and engaged us in a very warm and informative
conversation. What a great way to start the day. #19 Correo Tel 415 154
Harry’s New Orleans Café (Not to be confused with Harry’s
#12 Hidalgo is a Cajun/Creole dining spot that is upscale
and swinging. Here, Jazz is king and the food is delicious
Phone: 152 26 45 or look at
Casa Rosada Hotel
Cuna de Allende #12 This is a small but typically Mexican
Hotel with luxurious lobby and patio dining. Only a few steps from La Jardin
staying here affords the visitor with a location in the heart of the action.
While the rooms are a bit pricey for the average tourist, those who are
willing t pat about $200 dollars plus 17% tax for a good size luxurious room
or $310 to $478 for a master suite will be treated to San Miguel luxury
accommodations, Phone: 52 415 152 8123
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Greenberg has traveled with groups to France, Italy, Spain, Greece,
Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague and both Sorrento and the Bay of
Naples plus most of Sicily. His tours traveled to the far reaches of the
globe including Italy and most of
China (Beijing -Hong Kong) and to Russia where his group cruised the waters
from St.Petersburg to Moscow.
"He took a group to Greece and another to northern
Russia. In Nov 07 he took a tour group to much of India and ended his tour
groups by revisiting France. He now travels with his wife and friends. They
winter in Argentina or San Miguel Mexico. His newly found spare time
is taken up with his painting and writing. "I must write every day." His
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