|Deck the halls with strings of dulces|
The tables were set with crusty teleras rolls, butter and bowls of very picante pickled carrots, onions, salsa verde and chiles perón.
Most of the diners seemed to be eating breakfast. In fact, when our friend ordered, he asked for Huevos Camino Real, a version of huevos albañil, or softly scrambled eggs in a spicy tomato and chile sauce.
My wife and I requested the Menú del día. There were more than 25, even 30 main dishes from which to choose.
I started with an excellent bowl of Sopa Tarasca, followed by a small plate of not bad, not great rice with a spoonful of just passable mole on the side.
After much deciding, I requested Enchiladas Suizas con Pollo. The dish was creamy and delectable. I added some salsa verde from the salsera on the table, which cut the richness just a bit without adding picante heat.
Doña Cuevas had the Bistecitos en Salsa Negra, a savory but not especially picante dish.
We drank café de olla, hot tea (this was a seasonally cold day) and agua mineral. (Drinks are extra from the comida. The comida completa itself cost $70 pesos. USD $4.72!)
We were offered a choice of desserts, which came in the usual mini plastic portion cups. We chose tamarindo pudding, which wasn't bad.
When we were leaving, at about 2:30, the dining room was starting to fill. El Camino Real is a very popular restaurant with visitors to Pátzcuaro, and with good reason.
Hygiene: looks good.
Would go again.
Plenty of parking
Hours: approximately 8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Outskirts of Tzurumutaro on the east side of Pátzcuaro , behind the Pemex station on Carretera 120.