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Mexico Guru

By Shelley Burke

It seems that every month a new eating spot springs up in San Miguel de Allende, and residents of colonia San Antonio are the lucky beneficiaries of a handful of these new restaurants. At a glance, here are the “new kids on the block.”

Café Negro – Café Bar & Grill
Calle Pila Seca 34 (at Calle Quebrada)
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 am--6pm
Tel. 152-3262 or 415/566-4914
Home delivery available

Tucked away behind Bienes Raices Pila Seca, a real estate agency, the adorable Café Negro, set under trees in a courtyard, serves both traditional Mexican and American breakfast dishes, and lunches with a variety of hamburgers, wings, and salads. The setting of Café Negro is charming and offers a quiet respite from the bustle of nearby Zacateros Street.

Café Tal
Calle Orizaba 37
Open Monday to Saturday 8 am--2 pm and 4--8 pm
A delightful surprise awaits you at Café Tal: excellent coffee along with salads and bagel sandwiches, coconut bread, and other sweets. This is a nice place for a pick-me-up.

Calle Potrero 6
Open Tuesday to Saturday 8 am--7 pm

You’ll find this bright and modern locale on a side street near Sterling Dickinson. Their logo, comida saludable (healthy food), does not mislead–--tasty sandwiches, wraps, salads, smoothies, and juices are the daily fare. They also offer special events and catering. Really comfortable chairs.

Calle Refugio Sur 28
Open Wednesday to Saturday noon to 6 pm
Tel. 185-8520

Constantly reinventing themselves, Elly and Jesús are back with their classic French onion soup, hamburgers, and mixed salads. Another reason to visit the new Oliver’s is its location in a pleasant garden, amid palm and pomegranates trees and singing birds.

Mario’s Mariscos Frescos
Plaza Pueblita, Calle Sterling Dickinson
Open daily noon to 8 pm
Tel. 121-5234
Catering available

If fresh seafood is your thing, you’re in for a treat. A recent transplant to San Miguel with 40 years in the restaurant business, Mario brings in his fish and seafood fresh from Mazatlan every three days---no frozen or pre-packaged fish here. An extensive menu includes lobster tails, scallops, smoked marlin, squid, mahi-mahi and shrimp! Mario will also cater your special event.

Provecho – Bistro del Arte
Ancha de San Antonio 10-A (across from Hotel La Aldea)
Open Thursday to Sunday 12:30-7 pm
For reservations: provechosma@gmail.com or tel. 152-2073

Just a bit beyond the borders of San Antonio proper, on the grounds of the former 17th-century palace of the Counts of Canal, is the international cuisine of Chef Joanne Bryne, whose motto is “Cooking what she loves to eat and hoping others will love it too.” An interesting and eclectic menu of Spanish, Cuban, French, Brazilian, Indian, and Cajun dishes awaits you.

¡Buen provecho, amigos!