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Food  &  Hotel in San Miguel Mexico


Professor Arnie Greenberg

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 Mexican cuisine.

Patio Restaurants - click to enlarge
Patio Restaurants
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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

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Casa Payo

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.

Phone: 415-152-7277 for more information or reservations.

El Correo

Correo #23 This international restaurant was a little more sophisticated with a huge menu including Mexican and International food. Excellent service

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

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Ole Ole

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 too hot.

Even the napkins and tablecloths were bright and cheerful. At lunch time it was not crowded at Loreta # 66                                                                                                         

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 home.

They are across from the theatre at #130 Mesones. For more information go to 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 6524

Harry’s New Orleans Café (Not to be confused with Harry’s American Bar

 #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 www.harry’                                                                                 


Casa Rosada Hotel
Casa Rosada Hotel

Casa Rosada

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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Over the past few years, Professor 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 current work is a cautionary manual for would-be tour leaders..  "So You Want To Be A Tour Leader." 

Arnie now travels with friends. He continues writing Travel articles about unusual places but often concentrates on novel writing. Two books based on French Art will be published this year.  Keep reading his web for travel ideas.  His next novel HELLSTORM'S Folly, will be available this fall. He now lives in British Columbia.

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