I get questions from people all the time asking me where are the good cheap local eating places around the malecon in Mahahual. I get blog readers who ask me, and also people who are here visiting or vacationing here. I met a family from England visiting here yesterday, and they asked me was a good place to have dinner and some drinks on the malecon. Being it Saturday night, I sent them to the Ibiza Sunset on the malecon, and they enjoyed it, and had a nice meal and drinks.
So I got to thinking today I am going to share some of the places I eat here on a regular basis. I live on the malecon, so I have a lot of options within walking distance, and several places are just right around the corner from me. Some of these places are off the beaten path, and only the locals know about them. I have in the past wrote about places in New Mahahual,( or Casitas), that I ate when I lived there, so today I am going to just concentrate on the malecon and the places around it.
To start of with, I had a guy stay with me awhile back, and he was a big coffee drinker, so I sent him to the Cafe Colonial right around the corner, for his coffee fix every morning. Cafe Colonial is a cafe and coffee shop right off the malecon, right in the middle of town. The cafe is open from 7am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday, and they also serve lunch and dinner. I am not a big coffee drinker but you can get Ameirican coffee, expresso, frappaccino, and cappuccino, made fresh daily. They also have milkshakes, smoothies, pastries, and natural juices.
Cafe Colonial is owned and operated by Sandra Flores and her mother and father. It has been open for four years, and Sandra and her family have been in Mahahual for seven years. She and her family are originally from Mexico City, and moved here because they like the pristine beautiful beaches here, the fact that it is very safe and not much crime here, and they like the tranquil and quiet life in Mahahual. Her father, Luis Flores, walks the malecon and beaches during the day with a tray around his neck, selling flan napolitano, cheesecake, and other desserts.
I like the egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheese torta, (sandwich), and I always have one of these on a weekend morning, that is my favorite. I always ask her to do my bacon a little crispy, and let me tell you she has the best egg sandwich in Mahahual.
One of my other favorite places is El Katrachito, right behind where I live. The El Katrachito is owned and managed by Ivan Ancona, and he told me he used to live in Roatan, Honduras. There they have burritos, pollo asada (chicken cooked on a grill outside), sandwiches, and all the other Mexican dishes you find here.
The food there is good and cheap. I get a half chicken with rice and beans, tortillas, and a salad for 55 pesos. They have burritos and tortas for 28 pesos, and tacos and other items for around 10 pesos each. This place is located right across the street from Primos store close to the athletic field. I eat there a lot and usually take it to go, and the food is always good. In fact, today is Sunday I will go over at about noon and get me a half chicken for lunch.
When I feel like pizza, I walk about 300 feet up the malecon to Que Pizza. It is a little pizza place on the malecon, and is fairly new. Gmmanuel Castillo runs this quaint little place, and also has doughnuts. I always get the personal 4 slice pizza for 50 pesos, last night I had a mushroom and pepperoni pizza and brought it home. What I like about Que Pizza is, during the March Madness basketball , or when I am watching something on TV, I can get up during a commercial, and walk down there order a pizza, come back, and then walk back during next commercial break, and not miss a moment of action in my show or game. I got it down to an art.
And of course I cannot write a food blog about Mahahual without including Rosa. Rosa is a local woman who makes and prepares dinners for 50 pesos for people who work on the malecon. She was working at a local restaurant here, but she has decided to go out on her own, and she has opened her own place across the athletic field in the middle of the town. You see Rosa along the malecon on cruise ship day delivering her lunches to all the locals.
Besides her daily lunch specials, which are usually fish or chicken with rice and beans and a salad. I have been eating her meals for several years now, and if she sees me she yells at me what her daily special is. If I don’t go by there and get something to eat every couple of days, she yells at me when she sees me or walks by. God forbid she see me eating anywhere else, then she really lets me have it. She also has empanadas, tacos, and all the other Mexican staples. She also makes some of the best fish stew I have ever had. She is quite a character in town.
When I want to go somewhere nice to eat and have a few drinks, I go or send people to Ibiza Sunset right on the malecon down near the port captain station. Ibiza has a nice atmosphere, good food, and nice drinks. They also have good drink specials, like 2 for 1 mojitos, and other choices. When I am showing people around Mahahual for the first time, I usually take them there at night for a meal. I have taken and sent a lot of people there, and I have not got a complaint yet. Nice place for drinks and food on the malecon, and the girls that own it are nice too.
src=”https://costamayamahahual.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/master-guy-004.jpg?w=646″ alt=”When I need a late night sandwich I go to this place up the street. I can get a pastor torta for 20 pesos, and it is quite good, this place is open at night.” width=”646″ height=”861″ class=”size-large wp-image-7419″ /> When I need a late night sandwich I go to this place up the street. I can get a pastor torta for 20 pesos, and it is quite good, this place is open at night.[/caption]
Well this is my current list of places I eat or frequent. I am pretty much a creature of habit, and I tend to eat at the same places and the same thing once I find something I like. Also I cannot afford to eat at the tourist places on the malecon, and I am always in the quest to find and eat good cheap local food.
People always ask me from the USA or cruise ship tourists, aren’t you afraid of getting sick or getting food poisoning from eating local Mexican food. I tell them no, the only time I have ever gotten food poisoning the whole time I have been down here was from meatloaf an American woman made in Belize. So if you are ever in Mahahual, check some of the places if you want to try good local food.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina