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Chapala's Fonda --- Located on the right hand corner of the Plaza. Specialties include a very good Chile Relleno. $4-$5 plates makes Chapala's popular amongst locals. Open everyday B-L-D

Tacos Stands --- What would Mexico be without Taco's? Tasty and quick they can be had for about $0.50 cents depending on location. Lonches are also available for $1.50-$2. Available daily, but at night there are many.

Cucumber's --- Popular with the Gringos and the breakfast omelets are a great value. Ham/mushroom/cheese omelet with Hash browns Bacon, Toast (home made bread) coffee/tea. B-L-D Closed Thursday. Just off the Plaza, easily found.

Joe's --- Across the way from Cucumber's Joe's pork spareribs are the best in Chapala. $4-$5 served with potato salad and beans. Very loyal Gringo and Mexican following. Closed Monday B-L-D

Lucy's Pizzeria --- Located just outside the bus station. Try her Special Pizza, by the slice. 2 - 10 PM daily, Closed Tuesday

IL Giardino - Located on the main road in Chapala a quarter block from the Plaza, this Italian Tratoria offers incredible fish dishes, a large selection of pizzas, angus cuts of beef, salads, daily specials. Madro #430, Tele: 108. 0350 Cel 331. 314. 2657

Letra CH - Carretera a Mezcala, González Gallo No.4, Las Redes, 45900 Chapala, Jalisco. Past the old train station and the glorieta, Letra CH is a really fine restaurant with delicious appetizers, mains, mini plates and bar. Open daily at 1pm to 8:30pm, but closed Wednesday. Phone 376 765 3004 Definitely worth a visit!

Churros --- Ernesto's been here on the Carrettera 10 years. A real local treat. You'll love them. Open 9 - 2,  6 - 10 PM  Everyday. Tamales are available in the evening, filled with chicken and pork.  Dessert tamales too!

Liquado Stands --- Juice bars that offer fresh squeezed orange, papaya, carrot or any other fruit in season, and they have a huge variety. Really a great value and healthy.

Jonhy's Place and Don Juan --- Same owners, same food. The bestt Shrimp Empanizado in Chapala. Really great brochettes and the best Margaritas in town. Jonhy's has billiard tables, while Don Juan has a fabulous view of Lake Chapala.

La Lena --- Arranchera with a grilled blistered Jalapeno Chile, onions, beans, salsa, and of course tortillas. Wine by the glass. 18 years here on the main street coming into Chapala. A meat eaters treat. Open daily 12:00 - 11:00 PM.

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Guicho's --- Located on the East end of the Malecon. Try the delicious smoked marlin tacos and the shrimp & octopus cocktail is perfect.  10:30 AM - 8:00 PM, Closed Tuesday.

Romeo y Julieta -- The absolute best Italian gelato in town. Ramon Corona 8A across from the Malecon. Look for the striped awning.  

Cenadaria Elva --- Pozole! This is where the locals eat dinner. Good prices. Closed Tuesday Burritos, VERY CLEAN. 7 PM- 11:30 PM

Cazadores Restaurant/Bar --- Located in the historical Casa Braniff (from Braniff Airlines) by the lake in Chapala, this restaurant has outdoor seating and specializes in chamorro (grilled pork shank). Paseo Ramon Corona #18, reservations: 765-2162, open 1pm - 8 pm daily, closed Mondays.

Chapala Beer Garden Paseo Ramón Corona 200, Chapala Centro, 45900 Chapala, Jalisco. Tele: 376 765 3656 OPEN DAILY at noon. Email: On the Malecon, nice view, full bar. 



American Legion --- #114 Morelos, Chapala. Telefono: 765-2259. Open 9 AM - 3:30 PM , serves breakfast and lunch. Great place to meet other Expats, lots of services provided like passport renewals, visas, residency, mail services, volunteer opportunities etc. Get involved both with other Expats and with the local culture! Offer your services and expertise.

Restaurant Delicias OPEN DAILY 8am-2pm, Hidalgo No.277, Lourdes, 45900 Chapala, Jal. Tele: 376. 765. 5021 Email: 

El Tejado de Don Eme -- Miguel Martinez #433, 1/2 block from the Glorieta, Chapala, Jalisco Tele: 333. 956. 7760 or 331. 320. 9796 - serves the best Chamorro (roasted pork shank) at the best price in town.

Located outside of Chapala but close by

La Nueva Posada Hotel/Restaurant/Bar --- an old colonial style restaurant located at Donato Guerra #9, Ajijic, Jalisco. Telefono: (376) 766-1444, 766-1344, Fax 766-2049. Open daily, Noon 'until closing'. One of the town's favorites for family gatherings and romantic interludes.

Tony's --- Located on the Carretera between Chapala and Ajijic, #149 in San Antonio, near Super Lake Shopping Center, Tony's offers fresh and frozen meats and seafood, quality breads, butters, and spreads. There is a restaurant as well, with an all you can eat salad bar. Open daily noon to 9:30 pm, closed Wednesdays. 766-4069.

Alfredo's California Restaurant Hidalgo 90, Riberas del Pilar, 45906 Ajijic, Jalisco, CLOSED TUESDAY Tele: 331. 301. 9862 Consistently good food, reasonably priced.  


Casa Gourmet - a new imported grocery with all your favorite mustards, syrups, chocolates, soups, spices, teas gluten free and more. Located across from Wal*Mart on the Careterra. Tele: 376. 766. 5070

Alex's Pasta Bar - Juan Alvarez 61 y 63 in Ajijic. Closed Sundays. Tele: 01. 376. 766. 2034 Facebook Page

Adelita Bar and Grill Great food, live music, dancing, dinners at big discounts on certain nights. Famous for their BBQ ribs. Open daily at noon. Independencia 124-A San Antonio Tlayacapan Jalisco, Mexico 45915 Tel: (376)766-0097 Email: 

La Una Restaurante - Located in Ajijic, La Una has some wonderful tapas and beautiful main dishes. Garden seating. Marcos Castellano #9, Ajijic, Tele: 376. 766. 2072, Cel: 045. 331. 145. 5551

Lake Chapala Farmer's Market - Organic meats, prepared meals for singles or couples, quiche, sprouted breads, more... La Huerta W. Ajijic - in Sunrise Restaurant. Tuesdays 10am to 12:30pm only.

Ricki's Restaurant -- Japanese and Thai food. If you are looking for something different, Ricki's serves up some great Asian dishes. Their Tempura is awesome, the Grilled Salmon Teriyaki is a decent portion and you must try the barbequed eel. Scrumptious! Marcos Castellanos 27A, Ajijic, Jalisco, Tele: 376. 766. 1627


Mi Tango Restaurant * Bar -- Located in swanky Ajijic, Mi Tango has cultivated a loyal following of both Gringos and the local Mexican crowd. Offers a full range of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts with excellent coffee as well. Service is decent, prices are reasonable, food is dependably good. The semi-open air atmosphere is very pleasant in a garden setting with contemporary artwork on the walls. Often there is a waiting line for tables. Morelos #5, Ajijic, Tele: 01.376.766.2458.

Tabarka - Cocina Mediterranea Espanola -- just moved from their location on the Carretera just outside of Ajijic on the way to Jocotepec and is now located in Ajijic - Ramon Corona #2-A Col. Centro Ajijic, 45920 Chapala, Mexico.  Owner is David Abadia. Tel: 01. (376) 766. 1588 Daily specials of fresh fish, serves wine, port and cappuccinos.

Yves -  Carretera Poniente 493 in Ajijic, across from Villa Nova. Tele: 01. 376. 766. 3565 Website

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