|La Estancia Camelinas|
In fact, we had breakfasted twice the year before at the outdoor, neighboring annex, Los Equipales. The food and setting were simple and rustic, and I enjoyed it. It has unfortunately closed since then.
But what was it about the adjoining restaurant that so often attracted so many parked vehicles? We decided to take a Sunday drive, have comida at the mystery restaurant, and after, stop at the berry store. That store was another roadside attraction which we'd often passed but never shopped.
When we drove up to La Estancia Camelinas, it was obvious that Sunday afternoon drew a big crowd. The parking lot was almost full.
A waitress told us that the comida was served buffet style. I made a recon of the main hot table. It appeared to be a jumble of hot, cold and should have been hot dishes. A few feet away, a window ledge bore several braziers with more dishes, both hot and cold.
|A ledge end in its time|
I selected a few of the more appealing items. Bisteces en Salsa Negra was outstanding; tender slices of beef in a zesty sauce. The arroz was o.k. but as a self service customer, I risked wrist burns in reaching the hot cazuela. Frijoles de la olla were unusually silky and rich.
|Frijoles, chorizo, arroz and a mystery taco|
|Chuleta de Cerdo, salsa verde; cebolla y nopal asados: GOOD!|
Our meals came with glasses of refreshing agua de pepino al limón.
Our cuenta was $180 pesos, plus $20 more for a couple of not bad cafés de olla.
It's a bargain, but not a place for those of delicate sensibilities. I'm glad we tried it. My curiosity is satisfied.
I'm wondering what it's like for breakfast ...
Ambience: informal, self-service buffet. Seating not too comfortable.
Rest rooms: clean and functional.
Cost: BARGAIN! $90 pp