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“family style mexican restaurant, great food, low low low prices”
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Los Machetes
Ranked #173 of 326 Restaurants in Zihuatanejo
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: small family run restaurant in the heart of zihua. we ate at this place at least three times during our stay. food was prepared fresh on the grill. prices were ridiculously low for the quality of the food. the quesidillas were made from corn which was fried to add a bit of crunch. it was more like what i have seen sold as a chimichanga in the us. filled with local cheese, sour cream, fresh vegetables, and your choice of grilled meat. i thought the chicken was excellent. these are large enough that one will suit most adults, possibly two for a big appetite. beverages included beer, bottled water, bottled pop, and a fresh squeezed limeade. we went with a pitcher of the limeade and it was great. the quesidillas were only something like 15 pesos for a meal in a sit down restaurant. food was sliced with an actual machete, hence the name "los machetes." it was obvious that this was a family run establishment with three generations of the family working busily to provide the best food we had. this is on a quiet part of the street and it really feels like a small family restaurant far removed from the tourist scene. no aggressive waiters flagging tourists from the streets in this place. no surprize bills or upselling. just honest folks making good food. we also had the "alambre" with "camerones." This was essentially a shrimp fajitas. they grilled an assortment of shrimp, mushrooms, vegetables, onions, and other good stuff served with hot flour tortillas on the side. they seemed willing to accommodate custom orders. they definitely made an effort to speak english and we had no difficulty ordering what we wanted. my son ordered papa fritas (french fries) and they were made fresh from potatoes. i guess we've been eating processed crap for so long that it's incredible to see food made from scratch, start to finish, prepared before your eyes. you can definitely eat like a king on a pauper's budget in this place. we probably would have eaten all of our meals in this place, but it started getting embarrassing. the average bill for our family in this restaurant was ten times cheaper than the restaurant in our hotel.
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Description: small family run restaurant in the heart of zihua. we ate at this place at least three times during our stay. food was prepared fresh on the grill. prices were ridiculously low for the quality of the food. the quesidillas were made from corn which was fried to add a bit of crunch. it was more like what i have seen sold as a chimichanga in the us. filled with local cheese, sour cream, fresh vegetables, and your choice of grilled meat. i thought the chicken was excellent. these are large enough that one will suit most adults, possibly two for a big appetite. beverages included beer, bottled water, bottled pop, and a fresh squeezed limeade. we went with a pitcher of the limeade and it was great. the quesidillas were only something like 15 pesos for a meal in a sit down restaurant. food was sliced with an actual machete, hence the name "los machetes." it was obvious that this was a family run establishment with three generations of the family working busily to provide the best food we had. this is on a quiet part of the street and it really feels like a small family restaurant far removed from the tourist scene. no aggressive waiters flagging tourists from the streets in this place. no surprize bills or upselling. just honest folks making good food. we also had the "alambre" with "camerones." This was essentially a shrimp fajitas. they grilled an assortment of shrimp, mushrooms, vegetables, onions, and other good stuff served with hot flour tortillas on the side. they seemed willing to accommodate custom orders. they definitely made an effort to speak english and we had no difficulty ordering what we wanted. my son ordered papa fritas (french fries) and they were made fresh from potatoes. i guess we've been eating processed crap for so long that it's incredible to see food made from scratch, start to finish, prepared before your eyes. you can definitely eat like a king on a pauper's budget in this place. we probably would have eaten all of our meals in this place, but it started getting embarrassing. the average bill for our family in this restaurant was ten times cheaper than the restaurant in our hotel.
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“family style mexican restaurant, great food, low low low prices”
Reviewed 6 February 2011

Nice little restaurant run by three generations of the same family. All food is fresh, home made, and prepared to order while you watch. They were using a machete in their food prep, which I'm guessing is the genesis of the name. We ate there three times and would have done so more often had we found this gem earlier in our stay. It was hands down the most affordable place we found.

No, it does not have a fancy view or tourist feel. Instead, it's a small sit down restaurant on a quiet street with none of the aggressive waiters or peddlers you find closer to the beach. Food prices were in the same range as the lowest cost street food and/or mercato food stalls, which was 10x cheaper than our hotel. Service was great and the bill was accurately calculated.

I would suggest trying their quesidillas if your are thrifty (15 pesos for a serving large enough for most adults). Each quesidalla is much larger than the typical fare, so you should start with one or two unless you have a huge appetite. These are freshly made corn tortillas and then the shell is deep fried to give some crunch. The chicken quesidillas were pretty killer. If you are there at noon, you might see local school children in uniform grabbing lunch. Part of the charm of this place is that it is on a street which is relatively quiet and less touristy. You get a chance to have a taste of how local people really live. We also tried the alambre camerones (shrimp fajitas with fresh flour torillas) and it was excellent.

The owners make an effort to speak English and we were able to communicate in spite of not speaking any Spanish. They were very accommodating and you could likely custom order almost anything. Drinks were a bit limited, but included bottled beer, pop, and the like. They had a large container of what appeared to be fresh squeezed lime juice on the counter. It was quite refreshing and they left a pitcher at our table.

Our youngest son wanted french fries. I was happy to see that they had papas fritas. We were amazed to see them slice a potato and make the fries from scratch exactly the way he wanted them.

We were staying at playa madera. Taking the boardwalk towards downtown eventually leads to a bridge across the canal just before playa municipale. Cross the bridge, turn right heading north. Cross the street and follow Leon Felipe north until it intersects Nicolas Bravo. Turn left on Nicolas Bravo and it will be on the opposite side of the street just up the block.

  • Visited January 2011
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