Restaurants in Chapala
Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:29 PM
Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:56 PM
That's for starters!
Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:57 PM
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 06:17 PM
Really good ones IN CHAPALA, you ask.... Sorry that I have to go against the majority here.
I hear about many Ajijic restaurants and patronize them frequently; strangely, I don't hear much about restaurants in Chapala. Are there any really good ones, and if so, what are their specialties?
My answer : a good one : definitely Jose's place.
Average : several.
Really good ones : No
But, try a few yourself.... this is just a personal opinion. I am not even disappointed because I never came to Mexico for the food. Most of the times, they manage to ruin even toast, no capuccinos, desserts are flan or flan or flan or none at all, bad French fries, lousy presentation (just look at the frijoles refritos.... look like ...) and not enough variety in the menu. I tried chilis rellenos (as an example) in about 5 different places and only Jose's are really good.
Now, I am not saying that the food is bad, but on the whole, not much more then average. But again, take my opinion for what it is worth,..... in Europe Mexican food is not as big as in the US for ex, and we prefer a lot more Italian, Thai or French..... and value vegetables a lot more, something I believe is lacking in Mexican cuisine. Food in Mexico..... to give you another example.... Chinese food can be pretty good all over the world, in Mexico it is like a lottery ticket to find a good one. Since we were not talking exclusively about Mexican food in Mexico..... try finding a simple spagetti in Chapala (Italian cuisine as being choosen as the number one cuisine in different surveys).
Go to the ice cream place on the corner Madero/Hidalgo.... looks really cosy, nice and more then average prices.... they serve ice cream (and not even to write home about) inside, in plastic cups and plastic spoons and the choice is, to say the least, just disappointing. And the Michoacan ice cream.... sorry, but just horrible (but, have to say, my dog likes it).
I said enough,.... enough for more arguments, discussions or fights (since I will probably be a minority who thinks that, but that is ok). Luckily, I am backed in my opinion by the number one Mexican chef (Daniel who comes from Baja California, who is teaching at the local restaurants, in order to get some improvement) here in Chapala.
Now, I am always open to a free lunch invitation, so that you can prove me wrong, but only in good and clean company please .
Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:43 AM
Posted 30 May 2012 - 08:22 AM
If you use a lot of fat (like they do more than average here), you can make almost everything taste better and by doing that you are not really showing a lot of imagination in your cooking skills.
For the last year, I visited a lot of the so called "better" restaurants in the Lakeside area and you know what, save your money and just go to the " hole in the wall Jose's restaurant " (no, I have nothing to win in recommending him). It is not fancy but better and you are less likely to get sick.
I talked to a lady who worked in one of these "better" places in Ajijic. She told me that in the morning they prepare the water (with the drops to desinfect) to wash the veggies and they were not allowed to change that water all day. By the end of the day, it was all black..... and it is one of these places where people pay good money and that look nice. Looks are often deceiving.
Posted 30 May 2012 - 10:33 AM
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 04:14 PM
crjd is talking about Mexico and RevImmigrant is talking about Texas. Not to say that it couldn't be the same problem.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:56 AM
Posted 02 June 2012 - 10:53 PM
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Posted 03 June 2012 - 07:49 AM
It is located behind Soriana one block up going away from the lake...they are not open on Sunday but are open the rest of the week. They are open around 12 and stay open until about 8...They have a great menu...he will make what you want if you ask ahead of time...he usually has BBQ on Wed. Very reasonable prices...He also caters....I have a friend who loves the enchaladas she use to get at Luby's in the US and as soon as we get a group together, he said he would make those for us...I just provide him with the recipe...
You can see the kitchen and all the cooking...I have found his place to be clean. Hope you will give it a try.
His mother bakes and they have great empanada's...
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