I have never been very inclined to write "my favorite whatsit" type lists, but I am in a rare mood, and so I will highlight the best, (in my opinion) of restaurants, foods and hotels we have enjoyed in 2013.
Best restaurant, Morelia
Top prize: Parrilla y Canilla
Casually elegant, cool atmosphere, attentive but unobtrusive service, top quality meats, salads and wines. The terraza is a fine spot to dine on nice days. My review.
|La Parrilla does steaks right|
La Plazuela del Bosque (Cuban) restaurant
Very casual and relaxing restaurant amidst the hubbub of Morelia Centro. The Banquete Cubano is the best meal deal in the city, for $180 pesos, you are brought numerous small plates of savory Cuban foods.
|This is only the second half of the Banquete|
Best Restaurant, Pátzcuaro
Top Prize: Mariscos La Güera (matriz)
Generally reliable seafood place with good service, reasonable prices and immaculate hygiene. Not perfect, but consistently good on average
(I haven't reviewed La Güera in a long time. One is overdue. But here are photos.)
|Ensalada de Mariscos|
|Ancas de Rana al Mojo de Ajo|
Lupita's, in their new location. Cuesta Don Vasco Quiroga, Pátzcuaro, uphill on the right from the Plaza Grande.
Nice Mexican cuisine with only gentle surprises. Tacos de camarónes or de pescado are good, as are breakfasts. Avoid the ultra dull Ensalada de Pollo. Photos
Best Mexican Restaurant, Mexico City:
Nico's México. Avenida Cuitláhuac 3102, Colonia Clavería, Delegacíon Azcapotzalco.
By far the best in exquisitely prepared traditional Mexican dishes. For the serious aficionado of upscale Mexican food, but without egotistical chef pretensions. Expensive. Review
|Cerdo en Adobo de Antaño Nico's|
Best New Restaurant (Italian, steaks, pasta, pizza, sandwiches): Macelleria Roma. Calle Orizaba 127, Colonia Roma Norte. Moderate.
Wonderful, casual restaurant serving very good steaks, pizzas and pastas. Lunch special, soup to dessert, $140 pesos. We haven't tried their creative sandwiches. This is one place to which we'll return repeatedly. Review.
|Vitello Tonnato Macelleria|
Favorite Street Food, Colonia Roma Norte: Super Tacos de Guisados. Calle de Puebla, between Calle Orizaba and Calle Jalapa.
Fresh, highly varied, tasty, cheap, hygienic, can't ask for much more than that. Review
Top prize: Hamburguesas Richard's.
American style, small but delicious hamburgers, served with Mexican condiments. The fresh cut French Fried Potatoes are not to be missed. Cheap. Old review.
Colonia Roma, Mexico City:
Hamburguesas a la Parrilla. Corner of Calle Colima at Calle Morelia.
Bare bones burger stand, cheap, super fast, tasty, nothing but burgers with your choice of fresh condiments, bottled sodas. Old, old review. (revisited November, 2013 and they are as good as ever.)
Top prize: Cafe Santina, Paseo del Palmar, between Calle Los Cocos and Calle Los Mangos, Zihuatanejo.
Pizza with that Neapolitan crust and flavor. Food only to go. Review.
Pizza: second place, Macelleria Roma. Lushly beautiful toppings.
Mexico City: El Cardenal. Rich, elaborate classic Mexican almuerzos in an Old School Tie setting. Expensive. Review.
Zihuatanejo: Fonda Doña Licha Doña Licha's homestyle cooking. Cheap, tasty, satisfying, clean. Review.
Pátzcuaro: Gran Hotel Restaurante and Fonda Mamá Lupe.
Omeletes Poblano or Florentina recommended at Gran Café; at Mamá Lupes, Enmoladas.
Best Barbacoa de Borrego:
Top Prize: Grutas de Tolantongo, Tolantongo, Hidalgo (Sunday mornings only) Review.
Second place: El Hidalguense, Colonia Roma Sur (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only) Review.
Best Bakery, Bread and Best Bakery, Sweets. UNDECIDED
Top Prize: Hotel Del Parque, Matehuala, SLP. Review.
|Hotel Del Parque=Comfort|
Second Place: Hotel Embassy, Calle de Puebla 115, Colonia Roma Norte, México, D.F. Old review. The hotel is better than ever, prices have scarcely risen, if at all, and the wifi works!
Best Mercado: Pátzcuaro? Ixquimilpan? Undecided.
I welcome your comments about these and your favorites of the past year.