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El Pato Barbacoa y Mixiotes
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

If you enjoy lamb, this is the lunch for you.
The barbacoa de borrego and the mixiotes are the two main dishes, (along with the consommé) the mixiotes being a wetter, richer, more seasoned (though not picante) meltingly tender pile of lamb. Both are served with tortillas made from ground nixtamilized corn, not Maseca, by the way, something that is becoming increasingly rare. The barbacoa is in the style of Hidalgo, roasted under maguey leaves for 10 hours overnight in a pit. For details, ask about the process from the owners, who will explain it all in English if your high school Spanish is not up-to-par.

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Reviewed 15 May 2018

This was our first time experience with Barbacoa so we didn't know what to expect, but it was wonderful. Traditional Barbacoa is lamb which is wrapped in cactus leaves and baked in the ground. It was very tender and succulent, and made fabulous tacos.

But --- El Pato is the opposite of fancy, and some might be taken back because it is so rustic. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the food, but be ready for something very different from the fancy restaurants in Centro. And -- there is a very occasional small bone in the lamb, so chew carefully.

The service and friendliness of the staff enhanced our visit, and we will be back the next time we are in SMA.

1  Thank AJKMissionViejo_CA
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

My wife and I were so happy to have eaten at this wonderful restaurant! Immediately we were greeted by Pilar, owner with her husband Jose Luis, and she could not have been more accommodating or gracious. She took the time to explain the food and the cooking process in detail, and we didn't have to do anything - she just brought the different courses. The lamb, quite literally, is the best we have ever tasted in our lives. Seriously. You need this in your life. I cannot describe in words how wonderful the food and the overall experience is at this place. This is REAL Mexican food.

Pilar and Jose Luis have something very special there, and they love sharing their food with everyone. Please go there. We walked from the center (about 30 min), but I am sure you can take a taxi for very little and it would be about 5 - 10 min ride. It truly was our best and most memorable meal of our trip, and that is saying a lot!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Whenever you're in a group of people in San Miguel someone has to tell yo if the "New best restaurant". Well El Pato is it. If you enjoy, or want to try barbacoa or Mixiote, don"t wait go now. El Pato is located on Calzada de La Estacion, on the south side of the street, a few doors up from the glorieta.

Plan to be enthusiastically, greeted and seated at one of the many outdoor "coke tables". Take your time and try a little bit of everything on the menu. Even try the Mexican Boing bottled fruit juices. I hadn't had Mixiote, a soup like bowl of flavor that I can still remember. There is ample parking if your driving in... Enjoy this experience.

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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely food and lovely host. Take the owners suggestion and enjoy all. The soup, and the lamb are recommended.

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