Guide--Golden Zone and Downtown (Centro)
There are too many
excellent restaurants for us to mention all of them here.
Everywhere you go you'll see interesting and delightful
little places. Don't be afraid to try them.
A good starting place with with this list compiled from many
visitors and locals who submitted comments to the MazInfo
yahoogroups list. It will give you plenty of choices for a month's
stay in Mazatlan. Restaurant
If this is your first trip to
Mexico, you may be worried about purified water, ice
cubes and cleanliness. All water and ice cubes served in
restaurants and bars is purified, and it is generally OK
to eat salads, fruits and vegetables in better
restaurants. Use your common sense. A street stand
selling tacos for three pesos, that only has a bucket of
water for washing hands, utensils, etc., is more likely
to give you Montezuma's revenge than a permanent
restaurant with running water. (I eat often at the
stand-up taco bars...but if youre visiting for just
a week, you probably dont want to chance it.)
Here are some of our
favorite places to eat, starting with the most expensive
and getting cheaper as you go down the list:
the beach). My favorite
place in the Golden Zone to take visitors for lunch. The view is nice,
the prices are reasonable and the food is great. I like the fish
prepared Veracruzana style, with tomatoes, onions and other veggies in
a sauce on top of the fish, cooked in tin foil.
Panamá. Camarón-Sábalo and Las
Garzas. Probably the number one recommended eatery for visitors and is
great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Everyone will feel
comfortable here. Don't worry about cleanliness, etc. The food is great, the place is very clean, the menu is
extensive, and the prices are very reasonable. You won't
find any friendlier or more service-oriented staff than
here! Check out the day's specials which run approximately 40 pesos. Panamá is also one of the best pastry
bakeries in town, so check out their goodies for desert! My favorite for
breakfast is Huevos Bravos--similar to Eggs Benedict with two eggs on
top of pork loin on top of Panama's bread with everything smothered in
a yummy cheese sauce. Under 40 pesos and filling!
Country. Fun place
in the Golden Zone for steaks, ribs, grilled chicken and seafood. The
country combo is reasonably priced for the GZ and is delicious. They
are now located in a new building across the street from the Holiday
Inn Hotel. The waiters take a little break and give you a floor show
with white cowboy hats and country/western line dancing. Note,
rates have increased the last year. Fine for tourists...bummer for
Del Mar halfway between Golden Zone and Downtown. It's
hard to not include this place in a guide about
Mazatlán. Not necessarily because the food or prices are
special, but because no matter where you are in Mazatlán
you'll see the official Señor Frog's stores selling all
kinds of "souvenir wear." Considering that you
are frequenting one of Mazatlán's biggest tourist spots,
the menu is good, the party atmosphere is fun, and after
dinner, enjoy drinking and dancing in their disco bar.
Gus (pronounced goose ee goose). Great spot across from the Costa de Oro
Hotel. Sidewalk cafe feel to it, although it is mostly covered.
Mexican dishes, snacks, reasonably priced beer. Many evenings offer
is in the Valentino's complex and offers a stunning veranda setting
complete with waterfall behind you and ocean waves all around you. I
haven't eaten here for dinner because it is a bit pricey and I've
heard mixed reviews from friends who have. I enjoy breakfast there
with out-of-towners because of the view and the prices are reasonable.
If you're not expecting the Eggs Benedict or the biscuits to be just
like up north, then you will enjoy it. The omelets are great.
Juice. One block away from the beach from the Sr.
Frog's main store. Great breakfasts and lunch specials. I haven't
eaten there yet for dinner. Nice people and reasonable prices.
Italia. I'm including this because I've heard from
several people that they loved the pizza here. I wasn't impressed. But
I seem to be in the minority on this one. Across the street from El
Loma. Most of my friends tell me this is one of the
nicest places to eat in Mazatlan. Haven't made it there myself. I hear
it's a bit pricey for someone on a budget like me. From the Dairy
Queen, turn away from the beach and keep going about ten blocks up
into the residential area.
Eating Out in Historic Downtown Mazatlan (Centro)
Located opposite the Angela Peralta Theatre. Open only in the evening
from 6:00 pm (closed Wednesdays), this tiny restaurant offers a limited,
but authentic Mexican menu, including the best pozole in town (25
pesos). Pozole is a soup, more like a stew, containing pork and hominy,
with cabbage and onions on the side. Very filling! You may want to share
an order, to save room for other treats. Favorites here include chicken
gorditas (12.00 pesos) and also available with a piece of chicken breast
for 18 pesos. The Asada a la Plaza (grilled beef) and Pollo a la Plaza
(grilled chicken) are "fantastico"! Try the horchata here (12 pesos).
It's a nonalcoholic drink made with rice and flavored with cinnamon,
served in a big mug--excellent!
Downtown location is on B. Juárez
across from the cathedral. For description, see the Panamá listing in
the Golden Zone section.
Copa de Leche.
Olas Altas area next to Hotel Belmar (within walking distance from the
central market). This is a great little terrace-type cafe where you can
listen to the ocean waves or enjoy a sunset while you dine. Great place
for a variety of breakfast dishes at reasonable prices.
El Shrimp Bucket.
Also along Olas Altas below the La Siesta Hotel. This was the first of
the Anderson chain restaurants that are now found in many tourist
resorts around Mexico. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and
dinner at rates that are usually lower than the Golden Zone and yet
pricier than most other "Old Zone" listings. The decor is very pleasing
and if you're hungry for shrimp served in a variety of ways, this is one
place to go (although touristy and pricey)! Open from 6 am to 12 pm
Within one block of the Shrimp Bucket, you’ll forgo the decor and
receive excellent food at lower prices.
H. Frias and Constitución, beside the Plaza Machado. We list this cafe
more for the ambiance than the menu that is limited. Prices are a little
higher for the downtown area, yet lower than the Golden Zone eateries.
They offer sports TV, pool table, sidewalk seating, bar, pastries,
coffee (including espresso!) and snacks.
Located just of Plazuela Machado. Even for non-vegetarians, this is very
clean, fresh, delicious food at reasonable prices for the quality. My
favorites are the spinach cream soup and mushroom fettucine. They offer
a special lunch menu for 60 pesos that gives you a starter like soup or
salad and a main dish and fresh lemonade. Try the mushroom and cheese
Also surrounding Plazuela Machado
you'll find other great restaurants such as
Pedro y Lola. One of the higher priced on the
square, but a very enjoyable evening spot to sit outside and people
watch, or gather for a glass of wine after a concert a the Angela
Peralta Theatre. The square has the best hamburgers in Mazatlan at
Beach Burger. Across
the square you can get reasonably priced fish tacos.
Located on Najera about three blocks going away from the ocean from
the Fishermen's Monument. By far my favorite place for authentic
tacos, carne asada, and other typical Mexican treats at very
reasonable prices. You'll have no fewer than 6-8 bowls of condiments
in front of you: various salsas, the guacamole that is almost
liquid, cilantro, etc. No matter what you order, they'll bring a
small free bowl of their famous soupy beans and grilled small green
onions. Yum. Try the tacos al pastor where they shave the blended
pork off the rotating flame. You can get quesadillas with just
cheese, or with cheese and chopped carne asada.
Located on the corner of Aquiles Serdán and Escobedo. This is a
bar rather than a restaurant, but deserves mention here. Beer is only
10.00 pesos and at 2:00 pm everyday the waitress brings free botanas
(snacks) which are always tasty and range from a bowl of soup with a
tortilla to two roast beef tacos, pasta salad and veggies. The botana is
free, so drink a couple of beers to be polite (not too difficult at
under a buck a bottle). Although many bars will serve a free botana at
lunch time, this is a very interesting place to visit, not only for the
free lunch, but to see the old photographs of Mazatlán which decorate
the walls. It's almost a museum of old Mazatlán!)
You'll find other great "el cheapo" meals
at the central market (mercado). Upstairs there are several different
restaurants serving "comida corridas" for around 20 to 35 pesos each.
Try the chiles rellenos, or a fish filet. On the ground floor of the
market, we highly recommend
for fresh seafood ceviche. My favorite is the ceviche de camarón
(shrimp, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, cilantro served on crispy
tostadas). Current prices are 5 pesos each. Three are perfect! Also
recommended are fresh shrimp cocktails and the marlin and sierra ceviche.
Please note that prices are listed as a
guide. Prices may vary. Restaurants come and go, and there are many
to choose from. I'd suggest checking in on the MazInfo mailing list
to see what the current favorites are from other visitors and
residents. Free to subscribe.
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