*Taco de ojo has a secondary meaning, one not used here.
The tacos are a little expensive, at $10 pesos each, but you can also get some free or almost free consomé. The aguas frescas are just o.k., but the outstanding attraction is the friendly staff. On my second visit, I was given a nice calendar.
I have to say that the accompanying thick salsa picante de aguacate y chile is the most unattractive salsa I have ever seen, but it tastes good and is definitely picante.
|I am not guacamole
Taquería El Güero
Price: $ Bargain! A light meal for about $40 pesos.
Hygiene: Looks good, but I passed up the ice for my agua fresca de naranja, when I had the chance.
Directly behind El Güero is Fonda Miriam, offering a $40 peso comida corrida, but I never got around to trying it.
Speaking of comida corrida, has anyone tried Fonda La Costeña, next to Doña Licha's on Calle Cocos? It might be an overlooked treasure!
Further into the mercado, I found a pair of fondas, one crowded with customers, the one across the aisle nearly empty, with access to the street on one side. I didn't get a chance to eat at either, but I did listen to an old man play a plastic toy bugle and sing in a good voice.
I'd made the mistake of being attracted to slick surroundings when we ate at Fondas Valencia, reported on earlier. We went one evening to an even slicker operation, to Ruben's Hamburgers, a fairly new restaurant that had not been there last year. It's close to Villas Naomi. We had a recommendation from a friend, who had not eaten there herself, but who had a glowing recommendation from another friend.
It's slick, it's flashy, it's over the top, and in my opinion, doesn't belong in the quiet ambiance of Colonia La Madera. The menu is ambitious.
Our meal could have been more enjoyable if the pace of service had not been so rushed, in which everything we ordered came to our table almost at the same time. We decided to try the Sopa de Elote, first thing featured on the menu. It was unattractive, but tasted all right. But in the end, it's skippable.
A real highlight of the meal were the complimentary pickled vegetables. The huge head of pickled garlic was especially magnificent.
We were overcome by our own greed, and of the two weights of hamburgers, we chose the 150 gram ones over the 120 grams. The hamburgers, and an order of shoestring french fries (which arrived almost instantly with our soup) were not bad, especially if you like your burgers to be bases for stacks of condiments. I this case, there was caramelized onion, lettuce, I think tomato, coleslaw and Gouda Cheese from New Zealand.
Although I didn't order it myself, both burgers came with a large side of bacon. The bacon was uniformly cooked and crisp, (not bad if you wanted it) and was the killer, finishing touch to the overloaded burger. It didn't taste bad, but I prefer a simpler burger, where the quality of the "100% Sonora Sirloin" beef could have been fully appreciated.
|Big heap o'burger
Service: ** (Too rushed.)
Price: $-$ 1/2 La Cuenta
Ambience: Flashy resort
Let's step away now for a moment from the pleasures of eating to other pleasures; a massage. This one was at Paty's Mar y Mar Restaurant (the name is spelled in numerous variations.) and Yoga Studio, on Playa La Ropa. I had a 50 minute tejido profundo (deep tissue) massage, and I will only say that everything was just right: the setting, on a terrace overlooking the beach, Estela, the masajista's hands were expert; and the price was only $300 pesos. Massages are available by appointment. Yoga studio web site here.
|Massage Rate list
|Paty's Mar y Mar Restaurant
We made another visit to the Gringo Gourmet Gulch of Calle Adelita in Colonia La Madera. It's obligatory for us to dine at least once each visit at Rufo's Grill. The place was in fine form, and Rufo was there, greeting guests, waiting tables, and running the grill. The charm of Rufo's is that it's always predictably simple and delicious. We had grilled chicken breast, accompanied by the expected grilled vegetables, and grilled shrimp.
A guitarist/keyboard player lulled the guests into a state of blissful somnolence with lethargic renderings of '60s top hits, including "Honey" (I miss you). Nothing startling or jarring here.
Calle Adelita, Esq. Calle Nuestra Señora deLos Remedios
La Madera, 40894 Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, México
+52 755 120 5494
Food: *** 1/2
Price: $-$ 1/2
Ambience: My little old grass shack
Keywords: I found my grill beneath Adelita hill.
In our next episode, return with us to the thrilling days of yesteryear. A remembrance of things past comes back to life in the form of a pizza.