Eating

There's no shortage of great eats for all budgets in Loreto.

BUDGET

Super Pan Garcia (% 135-1951; cnr Madero & Carillo; pastries US$0.25-0.75) Pop in here for a slice of pastel de tres leches (three-milk cake) - it's legendary in Loreto. Other baked goods are delicious, too.

La Michoacana (Madero near Juárez; ice cream US$1-2) Don't leave town without trying a paleta (fruit popsicle) or nieve (traditional Mexican ice cream) at Loreto's favorite ice-cream parlor.

El Rey del Taco (Juárez at Zapata; tacos US$1-2) The first fish taco stand in Loreto; there's a reason this place is still around. Great carne asada and cabeza (head) tacos, too.

Pangalapa (Av Hidalgo near Colegio; tacos US$1.40, mains US$4-6; h 8am-4pm Tue-Sun) Tuck into this palapa for delicious breakfasts, licuados (fruit shakes) and, for lunch, tasty tacos de cochinita pibil (a traditional pork dish from the Yucatán).

Café Olé (% 135-0496; Madero 14; mains US$3-6) Good, inexpensive breakfasts (with especially tasty hotcakes) and antojitos.

Asadero Super Burro (Independencia s/n; mains US$4-6; h 10am-1am Thu-Tue) Behind mounds of freshly made flour tortillas and boxes of avocados, women grill up steak for the house specialty the super burro, a massive burrito jammed with diced steak and your choice of condiments. They also serve stuffed potatoes and 'volcanoes' (flour tortillas piled with meat and melted cheese).

El Pescador (cnr Salvatierra & Independencia) This is Loreto's largest supermarket.

MIDRANGE

La Cascada (% 135-0550; cnr Salvatierra & Zapata; breakfast US$3-5, mains US$4-12) An outdoor patio and a lengthy seafood menu makes this little joint extremely popular. Try the chile relleno de marisco (chili stuffed with seafood) or the house specialty, bolsitas de mariscos (seafood, onions, tomatoes and chilies baked in tinfoil). One regular claims the pescado veracruzano is to die for. They serve up great breakfasts as well.

México Lindo y Que Rico (% 135-1175; cnr Av Hidalgo & Colegio; mains US$4-7; h Tue-Sun) Big glasses of juice, friendly service, a casual setting and tasty, reasonably priced Mexican food make this a winner. The Sunday buffet draws faithful crowds.

Giggling Dolphin (Juárez near Blvd López Mateos; mains US$5-9; h 11am-11pm) Excellent, reasonably priced fish dishes include mouth-watering items such as chile relleno de queso y camarón (green chili stuffed with cheese and shrimp) and other takes on traditional Mexican seafood dishes. With tablecloths, Mexican music and big wooden chairs, it can be romantic or casual, depending on your mood.

La Palapa (% 135-1101; cnr Av Hidalgo & Romarita; mains US$6-12) Locals start to drool when you bring up this place, obviously having devoured the excellent seafood in the past.

Los Cuatro Altos (% 114-3002; cnr Juárez & Independencia; mains US$6-12; h 4pm-10pm Fri-Wed) Named after the four-way stop where it's located, this American-owned bar and grill serves what might be the town's best burgers (they're Angus beef) with piles of crispy fries or onion rings beneath four TVs showing US sports. Sushi bar in the works.

Pachamama (Zapata near Salvatierra; mains US$7.50-15; h5-10pm Wed-Mon) Choripanes (sausage sandwiches), pastas, cheese platters, a fat bife de chorizo (sirloin steak) and great atmosphere make this Argentine restaurant extremely popular.

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