Sunday, June 05, 2011
Really in the middle of nowhere, then some.
As I mentioned a few days ago, we made a day trip to Paracho for a guitar excursion. While on one of the back roads and I mean back road, we passed a old hacienda which has been transformed into a modern restaurant with spacious grounds, parking lot and a large playground area where you can park the kids while the adults sip on their favorite beverages and sling the one-upsmanship stories like locals seem to enjoy doing.
The interesting thing is that the amount of cars that were parked at this place and the vast expanse shows that this place can be a hopping joint filling a minimum of 400 to 500 seats.
Unlike Patzcuaro, Ziracuaretiro which is a much smaller town, sports 3 decent places.
This is one of them. Since this was a Saturday and around 4 in the afternoon the lunch crowd was diminishing as we took our seats in one of the dining rooms.
On weekends it seems that they have buffet service, during the week they have a pretty diverse menu with items such as steaks, fish and chops of pork and lamb. I noticed that their menu also included one of my favorites, frog legs which not every restaurant includes on their menu.
Perhaps on a later midday trip that will be one item I will try.
Another distinguishing fact was that they had valet parking. That indeed is an interesting concept, especially in Mexico where trust is an issue to whom you hand over your car keys and contents of your vehicle. On the other hand, based on the clientele and ranching attitudes in these parts, swift justice from the cars owners may keep those ideas at bay.
We ordered a few Don Julio Margaritas and enjoyed a few minutes relaxing after driving for several hours on secondary roads for our days journey. Then it was time to look at the buffet line.
One must come hungry to enjoy the wide variety of items that are offered at several manned stations. Being so late in the afternoon, I was going to try and limit my loading of the plate, even so, there were just too many things that I gave up on that notion.
Returning on a weekend will definitely be more advisable, my perception that it would take at least 2 return trips to be able to adequately test their full selection.
With a dozen or so salads, a fresh fruit station and seeing the dessert station, I totally missed the station where they prepare and grill seafood, meats and chicken to your order. I did notice especially decent looking brochettes of shrimp, as they were passing carried by a waiter, but it was too late, my fill limit was close to it's maximum and there was still the dessert station to conquer.
After a few minutes of pause, we did save room for dessert which had several visually appealing dishes, the flan and pastel con tres leches was especially good which required good will power not to return for a second portion. The sliced fruit was also excellent,much better than the fruit I am able to buy at our local markets for some reason.
All in all this is a nice place that I have not seen anything to compare to so far in the region. The price for two sets of DJ Margaritas and 2 lunches with coffee including tip set us back about 500 pesos, which for the experience and quality was well worth the expense.
The place is well suited for parties both intimate and large, a perfect place to spend several hours with drinks and friends. I did notice many tables simply buying two or three bottles of their favorite booze which they would consume at will.
The place is located on the back road between Ziracuaretiro and Uruapan. It is actually easier to get to if your take the autopista to Uruapan and double back towards Ziracuaretiro on the back