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New place west of the Jocotepec sign. Large dining area. Comfortable seating.

However, the best thing is the FOOD! Tried it for lunch today. Esposo ordered salmon; I ordered the steak brochette. Generous portions were served for around $145 pesos.

His salmon was thick, perfectly grilled and the best he's had around here. I can also vouch for that after snitching a bite. My brochettes (2) were so much better than I've had anywhere else (including the most popular steak house in Ajijic) that there is no comparison. Juicy, tender and flavorful, served with sweet potato fries. I don't even like those elsewhere, but these were so good I finished 'em all.

Nice server. They did provide a basket of warm bread almost instantly, so the savage beast was quelled. A fine idea, since it was quite a while before the food arrived.

The only downside was the street noise and a group of ladies near the entry had the dreaded smokers among them. I didn't see any signs to the contrary and there were not many people there at lunch.......so who knows what the policy is on that.

Very high marks for the food. Hope the quality stays up. We'll be back. This is a real boon to Westenders.

Full bar. Closed Wednesdays.

Note: Spelling is incorrect, but couldn't change heading .

As RV Gringo will point out in a later post, it should be ARILEO.

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Where is this place? Which Jocotepec sign?

Go west from Ajijic, past the big sign in the middle of the road saying "Jocotepec", ( or maybe "Welcome to Jocotepec"), then just past a newer Pemex station. Look for the big sign that has a picture of a bull on the left hand side and a sign over the building entrance saying "restuarante". I won't say you can't miss it, but keep a sharp eye out and it's pretty easy to see. It's was way further west than we thought it would be. If you do miss it, there are some pretty nice places to eat further on. :unsure:

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ARILEO, is what I think it is. Expats always want to spell what they think they hear, then add an apostrophe, which does not exist in Spanish.

Thank you for the correction. Now we all know.

I spelled it phonetically from memory since I didn't know where to look it up to be certain. But isn't that "Expats always want to spell what they think they hear" a bit all encompassing? Mexicans mess up English, too, si? Some of the signs around here are pretty strange. How about the "Souvenir's" sign on the Plaza? Who dun it? :huh:

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I agree. I am always amazed by the folks who can shop at Soriana, under the big SORIANA sign, buy Soriana products and take them home in Soriana plastic bags, then go online and tell everyone what the bought at Soriano‘s. :017:

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ARILEO, is what I think it is. Expats always want to spell what they think they hear, then add an apostrophe, which does not exist in Spanish.

RV'Gringo, I don't know why you sould saaaaaaa'y that.

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I agree. I am always amazed by the folks who can shop at Soriana, under the big SORIANA sign, buy Soriana products and take them home in Soriana plastic bags, then go online and tell everyone what the bought at Soriano‘s. :017:

Agree RV-same as we ate at Panino's and shopped at El Torito's.
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I agree. I am always amazed by the folks who can shop at Soriana, under the big SORIANA sign, buy Soriana products and take them home in Soriana plastic bags, then go online and tell everyone what the bought at Soriano‘s. :017:

La Nuevo Posada

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We had an excellent meal at Arileo's Saturday around 7pm. There were a good number of tables being served. We ate out back where the breeze was perfect. Although I'm not fond of watching streams of wait staff at the kitchen there, it was plain to see the chef and sous-chef were working the butts off.

The soup this time was even better than the fish soup last time, at $40p. It was spelled "bullabeze" on the sign out front, lol, but was really seafood soup with bell peppers and other vegetables. I had the "ribs", which turned out to be beef and tasted like a GOOD pressure-cooked roast, the way my Mom used to cook back in the day. The meat literally fell off the bone. I ordered the half/half sweet-potato and regular fries; this time the sweet potatos did have a rub on them, and everything was crispy... some of the better regular potato fries I've had around here. Maybe as good as Mario's in San Antonio.

A side dish to the very nicely done salmon was a hot spinach salad dusted with grated parmesan, and the vacio was up to the bar it reached the first time I went... if seemingly a bit smaller. As usual, the hot sliced bread and herbed butter was yummy.

The cheesecake was touted by the waiter as muy rico, so we got that. Well, I'm from Canada, eh, and while it was pleasant (better than most I've had here), it was really the beautiful presentation that made it, with fresh strawberry, blackberry, several drizzles of flavour and crema, whipped cream and a couple of crunchy deep-fried flavour leaves stuck on top.

Service was top-notch. So this place scored twice in a row for me, and I'll be going back. Interestingly, we had started at 6:30 at Tango, because we were told by staff that might be the best time on a weekend to get in... but the waiting room was packed, as were all the tables. Last weekend before school's back in, I guess. The resulting 90 minutes at Arileo was actually a whole lot more relaxing and far less noisy than Tango, and I appreciated that.

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We also went to Arileo and had a wonderful meal. However, no one has mentioned the cover charge to cover the breadbasket. I have never heard of such a thing and did not appreciate it much.

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Breadbasket? Huh. We simply are delivered a bolillo-size set of slices from a longish loaf (saw them cutting it in the kitchen). There was no charge or basket.

One thing, though... their new ad in The Reporter mentions a "complimentary marguerita" and between the three of us, we asked for just one. Confirming at the time of order that it was on offer as part of the enticement... and forgetting to check the bill, which we realized later showed a charge. $65 or $55, can't remember between it and the cheesecake. So perhaps the bar staff were not informed of this special.

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We went back on Saturday and had an even larger and better serving of the salmon. I had a pasta and chicken dish: so much that some went home with me. 80 or 85 pesos.

No charge for the warm sliced bread or herbed butter served up front.

That cheesecake Computer Guy described would be hard to resist!

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Like Computer Guy, this place has scored very high marks twice in a row for us as well. We went there with friends last Friday and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. Between the four of us we sampled their sirloin, porterhouse, and arrachera steaks--all were tender, very tasty, and well prepared. And the fettuccine alfredo with chicken added was also a hit, with a very large serving. The mixed fries were also very good. And we sampled their carrot cake for desert and it was WONDERFUL! Moist, flavorful, well presented, and HUGE! This place has rocketed to the top of our favorite spots and we will return here often.

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8 of us went there tonite. Everything was good, not great, except my wife's pasta (penne primavera) was inedible, dry with no sauce but they apologized and did not charge for it. Mexican coffee great as was the cheesecake that several people had. They had a severe fly problem tonite that had everyone covering their drinks with their hands. One person had the carrot cake and said it was delicious. The fried chicken and ribs came in for many kudos, my arrechera was OK.

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