In the heart of the revitalized Old Town of Mazatlán, Mexico visitors find Plaza Machado or Machado Square. It’s place lined with cafes and restaurants. A plaza where both locals and tourists come to enjoy the live music and eat.
Pedro and Lola’s, a corner cafe on the square, actually holds the distinction of being the only restaurant I have dined at on three separate occasions in Mazatlán. The first time, I selected the cafe myself after walking through the square, and the other times, others made the choice. I had no complaints.
A well traveled French chef runs the kitchen and delivers across the entire menu. For entradas or appetizers, I was told I must try the Octopus, and now I’ll tell you the same. Order the pulpa. For my main, I selected shrimp with bacon. Is anything ever bad with bacon? Nope.
But, it would not be until my third visit before I’d place an order for dessert. Crepes. We thought four of us would split two orders. We thought wrong; we ordered two more. Did, I mention a french chef ran the kitchen? Delicioso!
There are many other restaurants on the square, and when I return to Mazatlán, Mexico perhaps I’ll try a different venue. Or perhaps I’ll stick with a winner. At Pedro & Lola’s, I already know my order. I know all three courses.
Tip: After a show at Teatro Angela Peralata, the tables at Pedro & Lola fill up quickly. It’s mostly the theatre goers, but also you’ll also find the stars from the stage too. We did.
stay adventurous, Craig
This is the second installment of the Culture Through Cuisine – Restaurant Week Series and the first of five posts on Mazatlán. Also, a special thanks to GoMazatlan for picking up the tab during my second visit to Pedro & Lola’s.