San Miguel de Allende Journals

Where to Go- What to Eat in San Miguel

A March 2002 trip to San Miguel de Allende by datnurse

Chicago Pizza Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico More Photos
Quote: There are more than 60 restraunts in San Miguel and I have eaten at most of them. Read on for my "pic of the litter" from my most recent trip to this lovely city.

Where to Go- What to Eat in San Miguel

Overview

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From the best burger in town to 5-star dining, this journal will include them all (eventually). I visit San Miguel often and these critiques reflect my personal opinion from my most recent visit - returning just this past March.Quick Tips: For those of you planning to spend more than one week in San Miguel de Allende I highly reccomend buying the book "The Insiders guide to San Miguel" by Archie Dean. This book will get you EVERYWHERE with the least amount of effort. Best Way To Get Around: You reach San Miguel by plane through either Leon or Mexico City, then it's either bus or pre-arranged transportation from there. I used Viajes de San Miguel (travelsm@prodigy) for ground transp...Read More

Rinconcito

Restaurant | "El Rinconcito "

Rinconcito Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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What a delight this small, family run café turned out to be! Owner/cook and his wife owner/waitress really go out of their way to make you feel at home. It’s a simple, clean little place without a lot of ambiance, but the friendly family and the great low priced food, make it certainly worth your while to seek it out. It’s a little off the beaten path and probably found easiest if you head up a side street across the street from the Institute Allende and walk about 4 or 5 blocks to Refugio then turn left and just keep going until you see it on your left (about another 4 or 5 blocks) the walk will help you work up an appetite and you’ll need a good one for the ample portions of great food tha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Rinconcito
Refugio #7
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Chicago Pizza

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Chicago Pizza Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Located at the corner of Hernandez Macias and Canal, this large, open atrium style pizzeria is a lovely place to eat, drink or just enjoy the music. But, don’t let the name fool you. This restaurant serves plenty besides your basic Chicago style pizza. The menu includes everything from hamburgers to scampi. Generous, crisp salads, delicious soups and several Italian dishes. But, it IS their pizza that they are the most famous for – DELICIOUS! A generous "medium" more than amply serves two and the "Special" – that is loaded with everything you could want on a pizza is only 75 pesos (about $7 US) COLD BEER too and that’s always a plus and not always available in San Miguel. Enjo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Chicago Pizza
Canal No. 21
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
+52 152-2745

Ole-Ole

Restaurant | "OLE OLE"

Ole-Ole Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Bright pink table cloths cover the simple wooden tables. Toreador memorabilia cover the walls. You’re even greeted by a stuffed bull as you enter this small café!

Friendly staff brings you generous portions of fajitas and brochettes of all kinds -- camerones, pollos, carne or verdures. (Shrimp, chicken, beef or vegetable) Nothing else on the menu though so this is not the place for you if you don’t like fajitas.

Moderate prices with lunch or dinner casting from $5 to $12 US. I had the Fajitas Pollo and was superb including a lovely vegetable garnish. Cold beer or soft drinks available. Souvenirs on sale for the true tourist!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Ole-Ole
Loreta #66
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Torta Mondo

Restaurant

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This little hole-in-the-wall is a family run sandwich and hamburger shop. This is where to get the BEST hamburger and fries in town and the price is right – only $2.30 US!

With six small, plastic tables only in this open-air café it’s truly "no frills" café. The only ambiance comes from the single picture of the Virgin of Guadalupe that decorates the yellow and rose-colored walls and the friendly owner/cook/waitress that works there.

Just walk away from the city center on Umeran and you’ll find it on your left about two blocks up the street. Perfect place to grab a quick lunch when you’ve tired of eating "Mexican food".

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Torta Mondo
29 Umeran
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Rincon de Don Tomas

Restaurant

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This is an open-air café where you can easily watch the activities going on in the jardin, the main city square and park that is so central to life in San Miguel de Allende. Bright colored table cloths, softened with a small white cloth over them make for a festive ambiance. The friendly, helpful waiters are happy to let you sample the sauces before ordering to assure nothing too "caliente" for your palate. Their specialty is Arrochera Steak Fajitas and you can order by the single plate ($7.50AU) or by the kilo for a crowd ($ 29US) and be served "family style". Very large menu with all of the favorites Mexican dishes. Prices range ($5- $30US) and are a little higher than most of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Rincon de Don Tomas
Portal de Guadalupe #2
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
(415) 152-3780

La Finestra Cafe

Restaurant

La Finestra Cafe Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Enter through the doorway and go back deep into the foyer until you come to La Finestra Café. It’s a bright, airy little place completely glassed in on one side with garden windows.

You can enjoy looking out to the foyer garden while you dine on an enormous selection of breakfast. They also serve a light lunch but are best known as the "best place in town for breakfast". Prices from $3-6US and you can enjoy fresh squeezed orange juice for only $1.50US. I HIGHLY recommend this bright little café.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

La Finestra Cafe
Canal 21
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
(415) 152-8093

Market Bistro

Restaurant | "El Market Bistro"

Market Bistro Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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This attractive courtyard restaurant also has a "Petit Bar Room" with a cozy fireplace and is a great place for a coffee and amaretto on a chilly evening in San Miguel. The restaurant is one of the best in town and has one of the largest menus and EVERYTHING on it is scrumptious! It’s French cuisine served with an upscale ambiance and prices to match the service. The "Petit Bar" specializes in fine wines and there is also a wine store across the hallway. Live music on the weekends by local musicians. This is certainly a place to go when you feel like "something special". Reservations are suggested if you’ve a particular table in mind, otherwise, as with all the eater...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Market Bistro
95 Hernandez Macias
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
+52 (415) 152 3229

Ten Ten Pie

Restaurant | "El Ten Ten Pie"

Ten Ten Pie Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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This is a causal family run establishment and the whole family is extremely friendly. From "Mama" in the kitchen to the lovely daughters who serve you, they try their very best to make you feel as though you are "one of the family". Delicious Mexican food and daily specials for less than $6US including dessert! I especially like their "sopas" that are something like a tortilla back in the States only better! This is n easy walk from the jardin (main square). Just walk up the street to the right of the large pink church that faces the jardin and go about two blocks. El Ten Ten Pie is on your left - right there on the corner. Enjoy the fun mural below the counter. Pirat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Ten Ten Pie
Cuna de Allende #21
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
+52 (415) 152 7189

El Pegaso

Restaurant

El Pegaso Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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El Pegasus A delightful, cheery corner café with friendly staff and good food. The décor is largely done in local arts and crafts with a large picture of a children’s parade for Day of the Dead as the main decoration on the walls, but lots of other local craftwork is displayed as well. A cozy corner fireplace adds ambiance and warmth on those chilly San Miguel mornings. Lunches are superb! Try the Italian Vegetable sandwich is my personal favorite! We were advised to eat at this café by a long time expatriate who assures us that "the food is good and I’ve never gotten sick there." His remarks made us wonder if there ARE cafes we need to worry about in San Miguel. Mayb...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

El Pegaso
Corregidora 6
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
(415) 152-1351

Tio Lucas

Restaurant

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A place I have eaten previously on other trips to San Miguel I was pleasantly surprised to see how the service is now EXCELLENT! We were served free appetizers of guacamole and chips and the at least six handsome young Latinos hovered over us tending to our every need while we enjoyed a lovely dinner.

The owner/manager himself, Max Altamirano, came by the table to ask if everything was "just perfect" and PERFECT it was! Since we were eating an early dinner by local standards, we missed the live music, but I understand that it is featured nightly at around 9PM - Jazz most nights.

WARNING to the light-weight drinker: Margaritas at Tio Lucas are made strong, strong STRONG!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Tio Lucas
Mesones 103
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
+52 (415) 152-4996

La Buena Vida and Bakery Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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You’ll find this cozy little breakfast/lunch nook directly across from the large Bellas Artes, but you’ll need to enter the foyer and do down the corridor to do it. Don’t be afraid. Some of the loveliest places in San Miguel are deep inside the old colonial buildings and the simple entryway doesn’t even hint at what’s inside. La Buena Vida is on your left about 20 feet inside and through you have entered a building, you’ll find that you are once again outdoors as the corridor opens into a small courtyard. There are 7 or 8 small tables with white umbrellas trimmed in lace to protect you from the sun while you enjoy your breakfast or lunch. The wall behind you is a huge mur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

La Buena Vida and Bakery
72 Hernandez Macias
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Guanajuatos

Restaurant

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This cozy family run place is a delight! It’s off the main square and the hustle and bustle of the city. Nestled on a side street, but about two blocks from the main square it’s easy to find. There are only four tables – yes, that’s right only four! But, they will take reservations, which are a good idea if you have somewhere else to go that evening. Pastel table cloths cover the tables and the décor is somewhat muted when compared to other "family restaurants" in San Miguel. The menu has a good selection of local cuisine and not just the "tacos and enchiladas" version. The food is excellent and reasonably priced from $6-$12US for dinner. We tried the Enchiladas Verde and the Chic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2002

Guanajuatos
Sollano Street
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico