Nov 24, 2009, 5:30 AM
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Here is a private response I sent to a guy in Ajijic with a similar question about Manzanillo (I live here full-time):
Re: [tashby] Anywhere good to eat in Manzanillo (or Melaque)?
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Here are my recommendations:
Best nice meal: Portofino, in the hotel zone across the street from the 5 de Mayo sports complex. Good food, lots of seafood, a little pricy
Second nice meal: Yakitory, on the beach about 2 blocks before you get to the entrance to Las Brisas behind what used to be Papeleria Costa Alegre. Oriental and good.
Third nice meal: El Vaquero, they have a brand new location across the street from Kentucky Fried Chicken. Mexican steakhouse, great food.
Best festive location: La K'Melia, un upscale botanero about 1 block north of the road that goes into Las Hadas on the non water side of the road. They have a band that begins at 4pm. It is a good place to go with a group of people. You drink and they bring you heavy snacks. The beer is 33 pesos, but the food and entertainment are free. To me, this is a do not miss. There are other botaneros, but this is the cream of the crop.
Next best festive location: La Boquita, the beach behind Club Santiago. Go on a weekend when there are lots of locals there. Grab a table, spend the afternoon eating, drinking and watching people.
Best Ribs: El Pastor right next to Juanitos. Only to go service, but they are great. There is chicken as well, but I haven't had the chicken.
Best Chicken: to me is a tie. Rotissiere has to be El Pechugon on the outside of the Commercial Mall. Just past the river in Santiago as you head towards Manzanillo there is Don Mauro (I think) and he does grilled chicken. He also has tables so you can eat there.
Value: Lots of places, Sonrisa for tacos, Lulu's for tacos, tortas at La Casita, tortas at the place next to jardin in Santiago, El Caido carnitas just south of Commercial mall, tacos pescado at the little cart next to where the tianguis set up in Santiago. Tacos Julio next to Soriana.
Pizza: (I know you said no italian) Va q'Vi to the south from Soriana, Sam's Pizzeria at the traffic light across from the cemetary in Santiago.
Breakfast: Don't pass up Juanito's in Santiago. Good value. Also El Caballito about 2 blocks south of Soriana.
Lots of places. Let me know if that isn't enough. When will you be here?