Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Best Sandwiches in San Miguel de Allende

We’ve listed eighteen sandwiches that convinced us the best meal of the day in SMA can be found between two slices of bread.

With an Egg Salad, Dagwood, Bologna, Corned Beef on Rye, Tuna Melt,  Club, Gyro, Falafel, Fish, Italian Beef, Muffaletta, Patty Melt, PBn’J, Meatball, Cemita, Meatloaf, Chicken Biscuit, Porchetta, Cuban, Lobster Roll, Pulled Pork, Grilled Cheese (we’re coming Inside Café), Banh Mi, Ruben, and Philly Cheesesteak, the SMA sandwich challenge is on! We’ve now given our chefs plenty of food for thought to come up with new sandwich creations to satisfy our gringo cravings.

And while we’re busy visualizing a torta truck parked next to Chef Christian Guzman Rodriguez’s seafood truck, La Cevichera, on Potreros, we promise to close out 2019 with at least twenty five more.

Buen Provecho!

1. Sauerkraut and Bacon Sandwich@Querencia
This made-from-scratch, fermented open-face is our pick for the best breakfast sandwich in SMA. With homemade sauerkraut, a blanket of Chihiahua Menonita and a generous sprinkling of bacon, we never get an argument on this #1 pick, especially when you see the price.  

Querencia
Julian Carrillo #4B
Hours: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Monday - Friday
Chef Esmeralda Brinn Bolanos

2. Chicken Sandwich@Birdies Burgers
The size of this sandwich alone takes some serious strategizing just to get your mouth around it. Don’t forget a bib and a hearty appetite. Food Confession? On a good day, we can do a double.

Birdies Burgers
Doce 18 Concept House at Relox 18
Daily: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM 
Chef: Donnie Masterton

3.Torta Ahogada@Chef Sofia Antillon
This treasured, family recipe made of slow roasted pork with a blend of tomato sauce and spicy salsa has stood the test of time but you’ll have to hire this Guadalajara born private chef just to get a taste.

This dish is perfect as a solo for any fiesta; always our excuse for having more than one.

Contact: Chef Sofia Antillon
Nomada cocina de interpretacion.
Hernandez Macias 88

4.Smoked Chicken Sandwich@Bovine Brasserie
If it’s chicken you’re craving, the slow, smoked essence of Bovine’s chicken piled between two slices of toasted bread is definitely worth the wait. Pair it with their legendary French onion soup (or should we say an order of cheese with a side of onion soup) and you’ve just devoured one SMA’s most celebrated lunches.  

Faster than you can say Uriel Jonathan Frausto Tabares, keep on celebrating with a contemporary, late afternoon cocktail or your favorite glass of wine. This could easily become our favorite weekly habit.

Bovine Brasserie
Tuesday: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday - Sunday: 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Closed Monday

Executive Chef: Paul Bentley
Chef: Miguel Alejandro Nuñez Salas


5. Beef French Dip@ Marsala cocina con acentos
The best French Dip in SMA is made the classic way: a crusty roll, thin shavings of rare, slow-cooked beef and a small cup of drippings for dunking.

Savor every bite because chances are you’ll want to do the same thing all over again tomorrow.

Marsala cocina con acentos
Calle del Dr Ignacio Hernandez Macias #48
Monday, Wednesday - Saturday: 1 PM - 10 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Chef: Marcela Bolano
 

6. Shrimp Po Boy@La Prada
This soft Ciabatta is filled with fried shrimp and piled high with lettuce, pickled onions, tomatoes, avocado and tartar sauce. It’s the next best thing to eating a Po Boy in New Orleans without the cost of the trip.


La Parada 
Recreo 94
Wed - Saturday 12:00 Noon - 10:00 PM
Sunday - Monday 12:00 Noon - 9:00 PM
Tuesday – Closed

Chef: Alexandra Gutt

7. Cecina Torta@Nicascio comedor mexicano
Chef Pablo Nicasio makes magic in the kitchen, especially when it comes to creating tortas. Who else can use a simple ingredient like salted beef and take it the next level? Nicasio changes up the menu often so chances are they’ll have another torta on the menu the next time you pop in. Dig in; you can’t go wrong with anything you order here.

Nicasio comedor mexicano 
Hidalgo 28
Sunday 9AM–5PM
Monday - Saturday 9AM–7:30PM except Tuesday closed
Chefs: Pablo Nicacio and Hugo Tepichin

 
8. Lengua Torta@Nicascio comedor mexicano
This delicious Lengua Torta speaks for itself. Sorry, no pun intended.

Nicasio comedor mexicano 
Hidalgo 28
Sunday 9AM–5PM
Monday - Saturday 9AM–7:30PM except Tuesday closed
Chefs: Pablo Nicacio and Hugo Tepichin
 

9. Cochinita Pibil Ahogada @Jacinto 1930

This textbook mix of typical, Mexican ingredients adds to the delight of eating it with a knife and a fork. Luckily, it also comes with a spoon. We missed it the first time around and playfully got caught in the act of trying to lick the bowl.

Jacinto 1930
Doce 18 at Relox 18
Sunday 12:00 noon –9:00 PM
Monday - Thursday 1:00 PM–9:00 PM


10. BBQ Lamb Sandwich @Chef Armando Prats Leal at Oktoberfest
It’s no wonder this resourceful chef claims a legion of hungry followers; Chef Armando Prats Leal won the award for the best food at Oktoberfest last year. Don’t forget a helping of sauerkraut.

 

11. BBQ Brisket Sandwich@Smoked N Low – SMA/Dolores Hidalgo
No matter what you order, if it’s been inside Smoke N-Low’s smoker pit, you know it’s going to be authentic.

Smoked N’ Low
Carretera Dolores Hidalgo-San Miguel de Allende Km 7.4, 37700 San Miguel de Allende
Daily: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

12. Carnita Torta@Bautista Brothers
The only thing this famous, Mexican sandwich needs is a generous sprinkling of salt. One of the best Mexican moments you’ll experience in SMA is the delicious side.

Bautista Brothers Carnitas
Guadiana #2
7 AM – they run out



13. Pork Belly Sandwich@Buenos Aires de Campo
If we had more food festivals in SMA, we’d still never get tired of eating the remarkable sandwiches created by Buenos Aires de Campo. We’d eat this grilled sandwich every day – 365 of them - but then, who’s counting when you’re talking about Pork Belly?

Buenos Aires Bistro/ Buenos Aires de Campo
Mesones #62
Sunday – Saturday: 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Chef: Mariano Alvarez
 

14. Torta de Chilaquil @ Le Mexicain Bistro

Torta de Chilaquil is a popular dish in Mexico City and it’s our favorite dish on Le Mexicain Bistro’s breakfast menu. Don’t count the calories in this sandwich; it’s an overkill of carbs but it’s one of our favorite reasons to get out of bed. We liked this crunchy double even better when we got the bill.

Le Mexicain Bistro
Salida a Celaya #71
Breakfast Daily 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Comida Daily 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Owner: Mi Bistro 300, Quebrada 18-D
 

15. Chicken Sandwich with mole and apple salad@San Mezcal

If you catch all of the mole dripping down your chin without a napkin, we’ll personally pack you a second. Wash down this Mexican moment with a double shot of smoky mescal. Take your pick; San Mezcal has over 100 labels to pick from.
 
There, now, wasn’t that the quickest trip to Oaxaca you’ve ever made without going to the airport?

San Mezcal
Recreo # 88
Sunday - Monday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday: Closed

16. BLT@San Mezcal 
Summer can’t come soon enough with these paper-thin slices of red and green tomatoes topped off with the usual bacon and lettuce with a smoky smear of chipotle mayo. It’s even better with a double portion of bacon. Wrap it in bacon and we’ll take a dozen to go.
 
San Mezcal
Recreo # 88
Sunday - Monday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday: Closed

17. Pork Cheek Sandwich@Buenos Aires de Campo
This is easy: our favorite cut of meat cooked by our favorite BBQ chef is also our favorite sandwich.

People always ask me if this sandwich is really that good. The answer is always yes, no matter how many times we eat it.

Buenos Aires Bistro/ Buenos Aires de Campo
Mesones #62
Sunday – Saturday: 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Chef: Mariano Alvarez

 18. Apple and Brie Sandwich@Nomada cocina de interpretacion
It was a great day for vegetarians in SMA when we found our former Marchanta favorite on the menu at Nomada.
 
With all the layering of textures and flavors, this sandwich is a feast in itself. Besides, we like going meatless once a week. (photo above)

Nomada cocina de interpretacion
Hernandez Macias #88
Monday and Wednesday - Saturday: 9 AM - 10 PM
Sunday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Chef: Marco Cruz

Sunday, April 14, 2019

A Visual Tribute: Chef Marco Cruz of Nomada cocina de interpretacion

All of the dishes we’ve eaten since we first started photographing, devouring and celebrating Chef Marco Cruz's remarkable food back in December, 2015, incorporate something special; pushing boundaries to the point that you can almost taste the risks he took when he created them.

Food is ultimately about flavor and Chef Marco Cruz has the ability to build incredible flavor profiles that carry you to one of the many places he’s traveled or to a field in the campo, where native ingredients speak to the chef as simply as we speak to each other.
 
 
The chef is in collaboration with his wife, Chef Sofia Antillon, who makes some of the best pastries and desserts in SMA. Together, this chef duo is a force; crafting the most exceptional dishes using surprising yet simple ingredients.

 
They say that the best thing you can do is to get good at being you.
 
These visuals will tell you why we think Chef Marco Cruz is already the best version of himself.
 
Buen Provecho!
 
 
Nomada cocina de Interpretacion
Hernandez Macias 88, Centro, 37700
Phone: 415 121 9163
Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM Daily/Closed: Tuesday
Chef: Marco Cruz
Pastry Chef: Sofia Antillon

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

San Miguel de Allende: Food’s We Can’t Live Without


                                                               Sea Urchin Ceviche@Artio
Over the course of the past 5 years, we’ve eaten at just about every restaurant in SMA. One thing we know: it takes a long time to find your favorite foods.
So what are some of our favorites; the food worth coming to SMA for just to eat? After a lot of deliberation, we narrowed it down to just three in each category; there could have been at least a dozen.
We don’t have to tell you why we love these dishes; you’ve been reading about them for the past few months. Instead, we’ll just dish you up a visual and make you crazy hungry. 
Buen Apetito! 

APPETIZERS:  
Bao Bun@ Atrio

Atrio
Cuna de Allende #3
Daily 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Chef Arturo Sandoval

Tempura Green Beans and STIX @The Bar at the R

The Bar at the R 
Sollano #16
Hours: After 6:00 PM. Closed Monday
Chef: Donnie Masterton


Stone Crab@Marsala Cocina con Acentos (Sundays only)

Marsala cocina con acentos
Calle del Dr Ignacio Hernandez Macias #48
Monday, Wednesday - Saturday: 1 PM - 10 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Dog Friendly
Chef: Marcela Bolano

BAKERY:
Maula Bread@Panio

Panio Atelier du Pain
Salida a Celaya 69
Daily: 8 AM - 10 PM


Almond Crossiant@Buonforno 

Buonforno
Stirling Dickinson 33
Daily 8:00 AM- 2:00 PM except Sunday closed

Canelés@ Marulier

Marulier
Lib. José Manuel Zavala 165
Tuesday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday – Sunday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Closed Monday

BREAKFAST: 
Sincronizada@Nicasio Comedor Mexicano
A tortilla based sandwich with refried beans and Chicharron prensado covered with cheese, jalapenos, avocado and an egg.

Nicasio comedor mexicano 
Hidalgo 28
Sunday 9AM–5PM
Monday - Saturday 9AM–7:30PM except Tuesday closed

Chefs: Pablo Nicacio and Hugo Tepichin

Eggs Benedict@Querencia
With toasted Hoja Santa leaf and pesto

Querencia
Julian Carrillo #4B
Hours: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Monday - Friday
Chef Esmeralda Brinn Bolanos

Eggs and Waffles@Marsala Cocina con Acentos

Marsala cocina con acentos
Calle del Dr Ignacio Hernandez Macias #48
Monday, Wednesday - Saturday: 1 PM - 10 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Dog Friendly
Chef: Marcela Bolano


CHOCOLATE DESSERT:

Molcajete@Zibu at Live Aqua
Chocolate Semi-Amargo with pistachio ice cream


Zibu
Hotel Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende
Calzada de la Presa #85

Cordelion@La Unica

La Unica
Sollano #14
Sunday - Wednesday: 1 PM - 11 PM
Thursday - Saturday: 1 PM - 2 AM


DESSERTS:

Ambrosia burnt caramel ice cream, salted caramel, marshmallow and cacahuates@ The Restaurant

The Restaurant 
Sollano #16
Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12 Noon – 11 PM/ Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday: 12 Noon – 10 PM Closed Monday
Chef: Donnie Masterton


Pavlova@Nomada cocina de Interpretacion

Nomada cocina de Interpretacion
Nemesio Diez 2, Centro, 37700
Phone: 415 121 9163
Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM Daily/Closed: Tuesday
Chef: Marco Cruz

Caramel Pudding with Carrot Cake@Marsala Cocina con Acentos

Marsala cocina con acentos
Calle del Dr Ignacio Hernandez Macias #48
Monday, Wednesday - Saturday: 1 PM - 10 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Dog Friendly
Chef: Marcela Bolano

DRINKS:

Mole Martini@Jacinto 1930

Jacinto 1930
Doce 18 at Relox 18
Sunday 12:00 noon –9:00 PM
Monday - Thursday 1:00 PM–9:00 PM

Craft Beer@Mama Mia

Mama Mia
Umaran #8
Daily: 8:00 AM – 12:00 Midnight except Friday – Sunday closes at 3:00 AM

Pepino y Cilantro Margarita@La Mezcaleria

La Mezcaleria
Correo #47
Monday – Friday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

MAIN DISHES:
Short Rib@Nomada Cocina de Interpretacion 

Nomada cocina de Interpretacion
Nemesio Diez 2, Centro, 37700
Phone: 415 121 9163
Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM Daily/Closed: Tuesday
Chef: Marco Cruz

Red Snapper@Atrio
Crunchy red snapper marinated with spicy oriental red chilies, chipotle and citric sauce

Atrio
Cuna de Allende #3
Daily 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Chef Arturo Sandoval

Enchiladas Gloria @Tacos Don Felix
Chicken and pork topped with red and green sauce

Tacos Don Felix 
Fray Juan de San Miguel 15, San Rafael
Friday – Saturday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday 2:00 PM – 9:30 PM


FAST FOOD:

Hamburger @Birdies Burgers
Cañada de la Virgen organic grass-fed beef

Birdies Burgers
Doce 18 Concept House at Relox 18
Daily: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM 
Chef: Donnie Masterton

Al Pastor French Fries@San Mezcal
Cheddar cheese, Pico de Gallo with pineapple and guacamole

San Mezcal
Recreo # 88
Sunday - Monday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Crispy Taco Trio@Taco Lab
Ask for one each of the Baja-style fish, guajillo-braised beef brisket and pork carnitas.

Taco Lab
Doce 18 Concept House at Relox 18
Daily: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM 
Chef: Donnie Masterton

PIZZA:

Breakfast Pizza @Cafe Casa Blanca 
Mana’esh: Zaartar flatbread with labneh cheese, tomato and mint and a fried egg.

Cafe Casa Blanca
Juarez #8
Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM 
Comida: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Closed: Monday 
Chefs: Donnie Masterton and J.J. Castaneda

Pizza Margherita@ MiVida

MiVda 
Calle del Dr Ignacio Hernandez Macias #97
Sunday 3PM - 11 PM
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 1 PM - 11 PM
Closed Tuesday

Chef: Greta Ortega Casanas
Sous Chef: Cecy Alverez

Pizza Margherita@ Fiamma

Fiamma
Salida a Celaya #6
Open 12 Noon – 10:00 PM daily except Thursday closed
Chef/Owner: Marco Bruzzone


SALADS:

Endive Salad@OCRE
Charred endives, apple, caramelized peach, mustard seeds, goat cheese, nasturtium and peach dressing.

OCRE
Hidalgo #5
Daily 2:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Chef: Xavier Pinero Moreno

Shaved Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad@The Restaurant

The Restaurant 
Sollano #16
Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12 Noon – 11 PM/ Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday: 12 Noon – 10 PM Closed Monday
Chef: Donnie Masterton


Grilled Baby Romaine Lettuce@Buenos Aires Bistro

Buenos Aires Bistro
Mesones #62
Sunday – Saturday: 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Chef: Mariano Alvarez


SMALL PLATES:


Jicama Taco@La Azotea

La Azotea
Umaran #6 (upstairs)
Sunday - Saturday 1:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Pincho de Ribeye@POLP S.M.A.

POLP S.M.A.
Relox #3
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Chef Patricio Fuentes Alvarez

Chicken Sandwich@ San Mezcal
with mole and apple salad

San Mezcal
Recreo # 88
Sunday - Monday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday: Closed

STREET FOOD:

Tacos al Pastor@Andy’s

Andy’s Tacos
Corner of Hidalgo and Insurgentes
After dark; around 7:00 ish

Mixiotes@El Pato

El Pato Barbacoa y Mixiotes
Calzada de la Esracion #175
Wednesday - Monday: 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Closed Tuesday
Carnitas@Bautista Brothers

Bautista Brothers Carnitas
Guadiana #2
From 8:00 AM until they run out.

SOUPS:

French Onion Soup@Bovine

Bovine Brasserie
Tuesday: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday - Sunday: 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Closed Monday

Executive Chef: Paul Bentley
Chef: Miguel Alejandro Nuñez Salas

Pork Belly Ramen@Nomada Cocina de Interpretacion 

Nomada cocina de Interpretacio
Nemesio Diez 2, Centro, 37700
Phone: 415 121 9163
Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM Daily/Closed: Tuesday
Chef: Marco Cruz

Pozole@La Alborada 

La Alborada
#10 Sollano 
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Closed Sunday