Hola amigos! Since many of you were SO helpful when I was asking for information on restaurants and massages prior to leaving on our trip to Mazatlan on Jan 19, I thought I'd let you know what transpired. This was our second trip (after a 12 year hiatus at Torres Mazatlan) to Emerald Bay - staying for 2 weeks this year. We became more bold and got ourselves out to some of the restaurants. We also hooked up with another couple at Emerald Bay who took us under their wing so we explored more than we normally would have. There was no restaurant that we wouldn't return to although Pancho's in the Golden Zone, Chili's Pepper, and Mr. Lionso's are at the top of our favorites list. We also tried Loco Loco's (which was packed and no one at Tony's), Diego's, and La Casa Country. After trying the molcajete at Pancho's, I was hooked and tried it at 3 more restaurants for comparison. I liked it best at Pancho's and Mr. Lionso's but wouldn't turn it down at Loco Loco's or La Casa (which was the most tame).
For massages, we had three each (the hubbs and I) with Gustavo directly across from Pueblo Bonito Maz in the "mexican arts and crafts center" mall with the adobe dome. $25 for a VERY deep tissue massage. He is a kind and knowledgeable person but definitely does deep tissue. This is not your feel-good Swedish type, this is your heal-good knots and kinks type. We also had a wonder Swedish massage at Athina Spa downtown that was just lovely ($18 + tip). It's great how they wipe you down so that you're not an oily mess.
Also, I got very bold and decided to visit a dentist to have a nightguard made. My U.S. dentist wanted to charge $900. Dr. Paty Ascencio charged about $250 U.S. She is located across from PBMaz and speaks excellent English as do her other staff. Her office is bright and clean and they are highly competent. My nightguard is amazing.
So there you have it. Thanks, everyone, for your help!