Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
January 22, 2005
We then entered and were immediately seated on the porch, with a view of the street. The breakfast menu is surprisingly large, offering many egg dishes ranging in price from Q11 for two eggs to Q24 for the Eggs McChisme. Omelets, with an assortment of fillings to choose from, cost Q18. A large variety of fruits, juices, smoothies, and shakes are offered. Cereals, pancakes, and waffles fill up a whole page of the menu. Complete breakfasts finish off the menu. They cost from Q13 for the continental breakfast to Q26 for the German breakfast, which comes with a soft-boiled egg, cheese, ham, toast, homemade jam, coffee, and juice.
I also peeked at the lunch/dinner menu. It, too, was large, offering the typical appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and pastas. For the main course, a large assortment of chicken, fish, and beef was offered, with prices ranging from Q39 for chicken, Q49 for fish dishes, and up to Q52 for the filet mignon. Surprisingly, there was also a hefty Tex-Mex section and numerous vegetarian selections.
The restaurant is comfortable, with seating on the porch and inside. With paintings, photos, carvings, typical local clothing, and numerous other objects hanging on the wall, there is plenty to look at when the street scenes get boring. Streamers hang from the ceiling and bright cloths cover the table, making for a very festive locale. It was interesting enough that we didn’t mind the bit of a wait for our food.
Libby had opted for the Typical Breakfast - coffee, two eggs (she asked for scrambled), beans, fried plantains, guacamole, cheese, fruit, and tortillas. It was good, nothing to write home about, but satisfying. I had the Eggs McChisme - poached eggs, ham, and cheese in an herbal cream sauce served with toast. It was pretty good.
To get here from C. Real (the only heavily trafficked road), head north from C. Santander (the main touristy street) a very short way, turn left on Av. Los Arboles, and about half way up the block on the right is the restaurant. If you are driving, because of one-way streets, you have to go past Los Arboles and loop around the very large block. Al Chisme is open 7am to 10:30pm and closed Wednesdays. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and more are accepted.
From journal The Gringa Who Ate Panajachel