While San Miguel de Allende has always served up a great list of local restaurants, 2017 has been a great vintage for eating and drinking San Miguel. There are all the old favorites of course from The Restaurant and Moxi to Restaurante 1826, but here’s our take of best of the best from 2017, from fine dining and gourmet markets to the best new coffee in town.
Bovine combines the crowd-pleasing know-how of Hotel Matilda’s Bruce James and the belly-pleasing talents of Australian Chef Paul Bentley. With a name like Bovine, meat obviously takes center stage – incredible suckling pig, rack of lamb and braised chops. Wear your feathered finery, this upscale bar/restaurant is where the chic come to see and be seen. And of course a great wine selection is the “grape” on top.
Pañio Atelier Du Pain is the latest addition to the Cumpañio bakery’s delicious conquering of San Miguel’s stomachs. They have a hearty menu of salads, soups and sandwiches (try the open-face roast beef) and of course, an array of cream-filled dreams and flaky layers of heaven.
La Sacristia café is another second location opening (run by the same folks as Zenteno Speciality Coffee) and they have hands down the best chilaquiles in town (try the red peanut sauce), and the coffee is rave-worthy. Kibok Coffee, originally from Tulum, has set up shop on Sollano 16 street serving organic Veracruz coffee and a delightful little menu of breakfast treats.
Nicasio Comedor Mexicano is the brainchild of three young chefs with a flair for downhome, traditional Mexican recipes with a twist – think tortas, chilaquiles, sopes and papadzul, but with the inventiveness of professional chef and an artist’s plating.
With dishes almost too beautiful to eat Nomada cocina de Interpretacion is the new Modern Mexican favorite in town, particularly popular for their delicious (and affordable) 6-course tasting menu each Wednesday.
Atrio is brought to you by the owners of San Miguel’s la Azotea, and the menu is rooted in their European heritage. Spanish rice, lobster soup, Pato al Orange and more, along with one of the best views of the San Miguel’s parroquia in the city.
From one of Mexico Top Chef’s former contestants comes the restaurant Marsala: Cocina con Acentos, wowing San Miguelenses with perfect risotto, tuna tartar and stone crab legs. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch.
Mercado de Carmen, following the sweeping national trend of gourmet food courts is a mashup of Italian, French, Argentine, Mexican and International delights.
The Buen Viaje mezcal Company teamed up with Chef Marco Cruz of Nomada to bring San Miguel the Casa Buen Viaje, a tiny tasting room and restaurant which combines handcrafted mezcal with simple, stylish versions of Mexican fare like chilaquiles and tacos.
Looking ahead to the future? This year will see the opening of Donnie Masterson’s Fatima restaurant in the Casablanca Hotel, a new country location for a long-time San Miguel favorite, the Mamma Mia bar and restaurant, called Mamma Mia Campestre, and the Tres Raices winery and restaurant, set to start popping corks in July. There are also whispers of a new Masa Grande location — one of San Miguel’s most prized bakery/restaurants. Looks like it’s going to be a good year to be eating in San Miguel!