The junction of Calzada Ventura Puente and Avenida Lázaro Cardenas in Morelia house a few of these spots.
View Larger Map A marks the Centro Uníon de Diagnóstico.
The star is Chenito's Comida Mexicana, a small, semi open air restaurant run by Sr. Chenito and his family. It's located right between the Farmacia de Ahorros and the Centro Uníon Diagnóstico, on the NW corner.
|Chenito's menu board|
The food is better than average, but the salsas are stellar. There are from four to six available at any moment.
|Salsas at Chenito's. Don't ask. Just taste!|
|Chenito's is clean. You can eat in confidence.|
Service: **** Sometimes lags when busy.
Ambience: What you see is what you get
Price: Bargain. $
Hygiene: Excellent. Restroom, limited parking.
Moliendo Café- the upper level coffeehouse.
On the opposite, SW corner of Ventura Puente is Moliendo Café, a very pleasant, well lighted and ample cafetería upstairs, serving coffee and other hot and cold drinks. I've had only a few very good café express cortados and can't speak to the other items. There are very limited food and pastries, I think. The express cortados were made and presented very much to my liking.
|Café Express Cortado|
|I also enjoyed the spectacular murals painted in coffee.|
Ambience: Very pleasant, nice view of intersection.
Price: Café Express Cortado, $20 pesos
Across Ventura Puente from Chenito's is Tacos y Quesadillas Lore's, the old gal on the block. It's extremely popular with white coated students from the nearby medical school.
In my opinion, Lore's main draw is low price. I had several tacos de birria, their specialty, and while they were not bad, they were nothing special. Lore's gets very busy at times and finding a seat may be difficult.
Food, ***, service ****, price $ bargain; hygiene, well, the tacos are hot. Seating is offhand. Parking nearby at a farmacia .
Located just south of the corner of Calle Luis Banuet at Ventura Puente.
Special note: the neighborhood seems to be a locus for unusually attractive women. Maybe it's just the Medical School nearby.
In Pátzcuaro, the new place on the block, one worth watching and visiting again is Rincón Huasteco.
It's on the corner of Ponce de León and Romero, about 1/2 block off to the SW of the Plaza Grande.
View Larger Map (approximately correct. Restaurant is across street from place marker.)
Rincón Huasteco serves antojitos such as tacos, quesadillas, sopes and gorditas with a touch of style. The cavernous space was once a T-shirt shop but now has above average guisados and attractively made food, at a low price.
We had a number of sopes, some with beans, some with a plate of three guisados of my choosing for less than $40, complete with arroz y frijoles. Service was quick (the place was nearly empty when we came in.) There's much more dining space up a couple of steps, in a room of considerable size but stark of decor.
It's open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., then reopens from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to serve pozole and other night time cena specialties.
These ratings are provisional.
Price: $ Bargain!
Ambience: stark, minimalist decór. Front room at the corner is relatively cozy. Large back room, bring some wall hangings, gracias.
Restrooms: Just serviceable. No toilet seat in los Caballeros. Floor was not very clean. Hand washing sink in its own closet between Las Damas y Los Caballeros.
Here's a video of sorts, of Linda Ronstadt singing "Rogaciano", una cancíon de La Huasteca.
Here's a slideshow displaying some highlights of El Rincón Huasteco.