Sunday, 4 October 2015

Patio Crawl Series - Heading to Cerritos

This is one of my favorite Patio Crawls because I love a long beach walk.  You can always choose to shorten it to suit your needs.

From our condo, we head out on the beach towards the Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán to maximize our time on the beach.  At the PBM we take the stairs up on the north side of the building and get on the street which we carry on to the left until we reach the El CID Marina.  Here we stop for our first beverage and appy.  This is such a beautiful resort and the restaurant is lovely with great food.  They have a great patio where you can sit outside overlooking the Marina and the beautiful boats while watching the birds and, if your lucky, an iguana sunning himself on the roof.  Here I like to sample their cheese soup which is just excellent along with a nice crisp glass of cold Pinot Grigio.  An alternative to this would be to cross the street and start your crawl at the fairly new Mariscos la Corona for a huge selection of seafood for reasonable prices but no water view.

Having started with our first bit of sustenance, we head out down to the Marina and down to the boat dock where we can take a little water ferry across to the beach.  This is free but we always tip and it just adds to much fun to our “adventure” for the day.  Walking down the Cerritos beach we used to be able to stop at the Blue Bay Hacienda for a nice cold Pacifico because we have friends that used to live there but they have moved so we have to keep trekking down the beach before our next stop.
So off we head to the great drink specials at La Fonda at Villas El Rancho.  They have a big banner on the beach side advertising their food specials throughout the week as well as their daily 2 for 1 drink specials.  I believe they changed the name but you won’t be able to miss it.  I will update this section with more information when I find it.

Next stop is La Palapa at the Torres Mazatlán Resort.  They serve breakfast until noon with reasonable prices.  Otherwise I find their Lunch/Dinner menu a little pricey but it is a restaurant in a resort so somewhat expected.  I came last year and they didn’t have the item that I wanted to try so I will return, despite the prices, because I definitely want to try the Shrimp Carbonara.

Okay, here is where it gets interesting as there are options.  Great options!  Depending on what time it is now, you may choose to bypass Mr. Lionso’s in favour of hitting the Last Drop and Roy’s for Happy Hour which at least at one spot begins at 3:00 pm.  If you choose this option, walk up the stairs to the right of Mr. Lionso’s.  Don’t get distracted by the great ambiance of Mr. Lionso’s, you’ll be coming back – don’t worry.  Turn right and hit the street and then you will hit a “strip mall” on the left with little shops and businesses.  You will easily find Roy’s and the Last Drop – both with great ambiance, service and food.  The Last Drop offers a free tequila and I am intent on having their Lobster Pizza on my next visit.

And then, if you still have energy left – and room, return to Mr. Lionso’s for a great evening.  They have amazing food, a great view, live music most evenings AND two for 1 drinks every night after 5:00 pm!  The seafood here is great.  Many rave about the Tequila Shrimp made tableside but I think Pancho beats this one out at the beach location of Pancho’s.

Depending on how many stops you have hit and how much food you have enjoyed, you may or may not have room for one more stop.  At the corner of the strip mall get back on the bus heading to the Golden Zone.  Look for the Mayan Palace or ask the driver to let you off at Tacos Escorpios by Henry.  This is one of the best pop up taco stands I have ever tried.  At night it comes alive in the parking lot of the little grocery store with the Corona sign directly across the street from the Mayan Palace (so if you drive by during the day to find it you won’t!). Dinner comes with complimentary black bean soup and is delicious.  They offer great tacos and other such fair as well as Papas Locos.  It’s super cheap and well worth the stop when in Cerritos.

Stay Tuned for the next instalment in our Patio Crawl Series!

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