With 234 restaurants in San Miguel, one could find just about any culinary delight one could imagine.
We have Japanese, Chinese, Lebanese, Italian, Mexican, American BBQ, just to name a few.
At one point we had a restaurant that served Sri Lankan food! It lasted for several years.
Here are a list of some of the favorites. Most on this list have been here for quite some time. Some had previous owners with previous names, but the ambiance and the food have always been delicious.
Casa de los Milagros, or as we call it "Milagros", has an extensive menu, great waiters and is located right in centro. It's about a half block on Relox from where we have the Koffee Klatch group. Hence, we choose it for lunch on Mondays often. We are never disappointed. Their tilapia salad is amazingly large and one of my favorites.
Another restaurant in centro, just a half block past Milagros is China Palace. Dining alfresco is always a favorite of everyone. China Palace, along with Gayle's place have that in spades. My favorite meal at
China Palace is Orange chicken. I try to get there, if I'm lucky, once a month.
Tio Lucas and Hank's along with Chamonix are within walking distance of the jardin. Tio Lucas has always been a favorite of the locals and visitors. It's a little pricier then the others, but the food is always delicious. Expect a wait at night after 9PM, it's a popular place.
Hank's is Cajun cuisine. I go there when I'm craving a poor boy or gumbo. They used to have red beans and rice, but I guess not enough people ordered it so it was dropped, unfortunately. If you're from Louisiana, you'll understand my disappointment in that fact. Hank's has Taco Tuesday. I think the Tacos are a dollar a piece. Of course they make their money on the booze they sell, so tacos for a dollar is a bargain for us and them.
Chamonix is a little hidden restaurant on Sollano with a red door. It is mostly courtyard dining along with one room that each time I've been there was having a private dinner in that room. They have Thai, International and many Mexican dishes as well. A favorite of mine.
Over on Calzada de Aurora, the former owner of Romano's has opened a restaurant that is only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. But it is worth the trek there and worth waiting for the steaks, osso bucco, creme brulee and pate' just to name a few of the favorites of the crowd. My little secret is that when I go, I only have the pate' and creme brulee. The name of the restaurant is Hanson's who happens to be one of the partners in the venture. Dick, the owner is a long time restauranteur who knows how to keep consistency, good help and a welcoming smile for everyone. Great guy, great restaurant.
Going out toward the Instituto and continuing on are several restaurants on Ancha de San Antonio.
The first is Cafe Monet. Have never had a bad meal there. Bill, the owner is a delight along with his staff.
Usually I'm there for breakfast and his steel cut oatmeal. Breakfast of oatmeal and coffee is forty pesos. A real bargain. Other breakfast fare includes Eggs Benedict, omelets, hotcakes, etc. His lunch and evening selections are equally good.
On the opposite side of the street is Hecho en Mexico. Eric the owner, graduated from the culinary program in Nevada and knows consistency, good menu planning, and how to train a good staff.
His lunch prices are quite amazing so many of us on a fixed income have lunch there frequently. In addition, now there is a full bar and music on Friday nights. It is a very pleasant atmosphere with an open courtyard in part of it that can be closed if it is raining or cold.
Going farther out the same street on the left, before the Pemex station, is the Texas hangout called Longhorn. Typical BBQ fare, delicious ribs, brisket, sausage with sides of cole slaw, potato salad and/or beans is the usual fare. Now they are having specials. On Thursday night it is steak for 99 pesos which comes with baked potato and salad. I hear it is a packed place that night. The owner, Keith, had never been in the restaurant business before coming to San Miguel. He previously lived in Houston and is a Brit.
He's learned the trade and has a loyal clientele.
Often on Fridays, the Koffee Klatch group meets at LaFrontera on Sterling Dickinson. There is a special each day. On Fridays it is fish tacos with either fish or shrimp. Delicious. We always try to sit outside unless it is too cold and windy. Only a couple months of the year that that happens, thankfully.
Two other restaurants that are off the beaten path are The Food Factory which is at La Aurora. It has a menu similar to Chamonix. Unfortunately they don't have alfresco dining, but the food is always delicious.
Pastas, Thai, and a few other tasty items.
Then out of town, but soon to have a location in town, is Pizza Pig. Tim, the owner, has created a fun place to dine on fresh ingredient pizzas. He makes his own Italian sausage to use on the pizzas. Some of us order the vegetarian pizza and add a few other ingredients. We've had many a birthday party out there. If you read the blog, you've seen many of the wacky photos over the years.
Now, before I start getting posts asking why I left some restaurant off the list, it was not meant as a slight of any kind. There are so many others that this could go on and on. The fun thing is discovering those on your own.
I must confess, if left to me, I would eat at Villa Santa Monica, a luxurious, small boutique hotel near Juarez Park, often. The food is not particularly good, but the courtyard where you dine, is one of the prettiest spots in San Miguel. I often go there by myself just for a little bite so I can remember how dining in Mexico used to be. Slow, personable and quiet among beautiful flowers and blue sky.
Let me know your favorite places in San Miguel. I admit that I eat more at home then out at restaurants.
Gosh, while I was writing that sentence three more restaurants came to mind. Oh well.