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February 21, 2005        Restaurant Reviews         By Don Gussin 

= Amigos. Homemade gourmet. Heart warming soups, Thai chicken, chile,  paninos (a baguette sandwich served in a basket), an ample selection of vegetarian dishes, good salads and tempting desserts complete the menu. German and Danish beer. 82 Zacateros.
= Andalucia. Pretty good paella, crab, shrimp, a clam, chicken legs etc. and good saffron rice. Breakfast. N$20 for breakfast, N$30 for a half order of paella which is ample.Near the Glorieta at the bottom of the Caracol, a few doors up from the Pollo Feliz.
= Aqui es Mexico. Music on Sunday nights starting around 9 pm. Upstairs over a pharmacy across from the disco El Ring.
= Azafrán. Delicious and not too expensive menu. Salads and appetizers N$38-75, main courses N$73-115. Hernandez Macias 97, next to Market Bistro and Romano's. 152-7482
= Bagel Cafe. Breakfast, deli sandwiches, organic salads, USDA steak. N$45. Correo 19.
= Bella Italiano. Go on Thursdays when they have fresh mussels,lamb chops, wonderful duck. Hernandez Macias 59, north of Umaran (in the Sautto Hotel).
= Bouquet: Build your own pasta dish with a selection of dressings and toppings (bolognese, pesto, parmesan, garlic, oysters, calamar, etc.) Pizza, stuffed crepes. A tiny place with only 4 tables. N$60-90. Cuadrante 34 (east of Hernandez Macias).
= Cafe Ole Ole: great fajitas. Calle Loreto, 2 blocks north of Insurgentes.
= Caribe. Seafood. Open until 8pm. Canal 85, Juarez 23. 152-2488
= Casablanca. Hidalgo 34. 154-6070
= Casa Carmina. Lunch. Correo 31.
= Cha Cha Cha. A plate of sopes- little puffy tortillias, you pick the toppings you want. Tender chile relleno stuffed with mushrooms meat and cheese with rice and beans  coffee flan.  28 de Abril #37 Norte(corner of Rosales) in Colonia San Antonio, they are opened 12:00 to 7:00- CLOSED on MONDAYS. 
= Chamonix: Fusion cuisine. Great pastas! Great Vietnamese spring rolls.
Sollano south of Correo.
= Coco's. Small and cozy with nice menu. Pila Seca #16 between Zacateros and H.Macias.
= Don Quijote. BBQ burgers. Prologación de Pila Seca #55.
= El Bikingo. Fish tacos. If they are closed, knock on the door and they will be happy to open for you. On Suspiros.
= El Buen. Mexican, southern US comfort food on Wednesday. N$65. Jesus 23.
= El Campanario. Fish dishes. Canal 34 (between Zacateros and Hernandez Macias).
= El Catrin. Vietnamese rolls, Chinese chicken salad, brisket, Sunday dinner. Great french fries, ice cream, key lime pie. Salads and appetizers N$35-70, main courses N$85-150, steaks N$220-240.  Canal 154. 152-1597
= El Correo: lunch. Correo between the Jardin and Sollano (across from the post office).
= El Naranjo Azul. Tiny and clean. Their soups are marvelous and the pastries are simply great. Also salads and sandwiches, high tea on Sundays. Full meals for N$35. Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, 1:30 pm to 6:pm, Sat:
11am to 3 pm, Sun 2pm to 5pm. Potero #1. Turn left when you arrive at the San Antonio church.
= El Palacio Chino. Good Chinese food. Mesones 57.
= El Payo. Great beef, seafood. Lady singers crooning spanish love songs. Zacateros south of Umaran.
= El Pegaso: breakfast, pastrami sandwiches, salads, Corregidora 6, corner Correo.
= El Sanctuario. Great steaks and lasagna. Terraplen 32.
= Gombos is so good! Small beautiful place and small menu but the food is excellent. I have never eaten a thing there that wasn't perfect. Pizza, luncheon and dessert crepes. It is very clean and very small. No alcohol on the menu other than beer, though they will go out and buy you some wine at a nearby store. Inexpensive, too. Tatanacho 2, corner Canción India. (Col. Guadalupe) Open 1:30 PM until 10 PM every day except Thursdays. 152-8121
= La Milpa.  deliciously healthful nouvelle cuisine at moderate prices.  One can stuff oneself on appetizers such as a delicately crisped parsley in a tart and fragrant lemon dressing.22 Ancha San Antonio (next to the Instituto). 154 4311
= Harry Bissett's: American/Cajun. Try the crab cakes, seafood, USDA steak, Sunday brunch. N$100-240. Hidalgo 12, ½ block north of the Jardin. 152-2645.
= Hecho en México. Mexican and American. Reasonable, consistent and good. Tortilla soup, salad, seafood, chicken, sandwiches. N$60-120. On the east side of Ancha San Antonio, a block south of Espino.
= La Antigua: tapas (Mexican hors d'oeuvres) at the bar, Arroz Margarita in the restaurant. Umaran west of the Jardín.
= La Capilla. Good. Appetizers and salads $65-150, main courses $115-260. Cuna de Allende 10 (beside the Parroquia).
= La Finestra. Really imaginative fusion cooking.
= La Grotta. roquefort, pepperoni and black olive special pizza, pasta.  Cuadrante 5. 152-4119.
= La Palapa. Tacos, chili dogs, burgers, beer, most at N$10-15. Magazines to read. Under a tent on Calle Nueva (the street beside Espinos).
= La Piñata. Corner Umaran and Jesus.
= La Parroquia. Breakfast, home cooking, vegetarian idshes. N$70.  Jesus 11.
= La Puertecita's BBQ and Sunday brunch. Santo Domingo 75.
= La Trattoria. Spinach ravioli with gorgonzola sauce (Thursdays only), the garlic shrimp dish (really fine) and the mozarella, basil, tomato salad (ensalada Caprese). Generally expensive, but the spinach ravioli is worth 70 pesos (and more!). At the extreme north end of Ancha San Antonio, where it meets Zacateros and Codo.
= L'Invito. Italian. GREAT Italian food. Try the candied carrots. Half price between 4 and 7 PM. In the Instituto. 152-7333.
= Los Faroles. Insurgentes and on Ancha San Antonio. Open evenings only.
= Market Bistro. Mussels. The bar is very popular. N$90-175. Hernandez Macias 95. 152-3229
= Nirvana. Fusion cuisine. Thai curry soup, seafood, pepper steak (melts in your mouth)! Lovely NYC-style ambience. Great service. Small place, probably best to make a reservation. N$190-160. Hernandez Macias 56A, a few doors north of Mesones (downhill). 150-0067
= Posada Carmina. Breaded trout.
= Quinta Loreto. Lunch. Loreto 15
= Romano's. An exquisitely homey Italian restaurant. Wood burning oven pizza. Delicious liver pate with thinly sliced good bread as an appetizer, their spaghetti and sausage plate is huge. "You can not go wrong!" N$90-160. Hernandez Macias 93.
= Santa Ana Cafe. Soup and sandwiches. In the Biblioteca.
= Sierra Nevada en El Parque. Baeza at Recreo.
= Ten Ten Pie. Corner Cuna de Allende and Cuadrante.
= Tio Lucas. Melt in your mouth filet mignon, chateaubriand for two, really fresh fish and pasta with shrimp to die for. the portions are humongous, big juicy hamburger with french fries, chicken enchiladas. Free guacamole all day, all you can eat! The Lucas Salad feeds four people and is loaded with good stuff. Jazz some evenings. Mesones 103. 152-4996

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