We occasionally venture out of Mazatlan, and invariably we end up eating at a nice restaurant somewhere. For each day trip to villages such as Concordia, Copala, La Noria or El Quelite, there is a favorite restaurant we enjoy.
Closer to home, we have made many trips out to the airport, with the excuse that it gives us a chance to eat at the renowned El Cuchupetas in Villa Union. So much so that this has been our most frequented restaurant this winter. Recently we have tried La Tuna just near the airport as an alternative, and have been pleased with the food there too.
Below are photos and menus of restaurants we have tried this time around, occasionally accompanied by a link to a review Steve has posted on Tripadvisor under the id "maz97".
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El Cuchupetas - at Reforma #301 on the corner of Jesus Carranza in Villa Union. A range of excellent seafood to choose from, and reliably quick, friendly service - handy if you have an airport deadline! Read the M! magazine's review, El Cuchupetas: Villa Unionís Landmark Restaurant.
La Tuna - On the way to Villa Union, take the turnoff left to El Recodo just after passing the airport. There is a big La Tuna sign there. Drive through the first small village of El Vainilla, and you will see La Tuna on the right just as you are coming into the second village. This restaurant rivals El Cuchupetas in its seafood menu, reasonable prices and proximity to the airport. We greedily tried three dishes and were stuffed so had to take an empanada home!
El Granero - In Concordia at Morelos #21, on the street that runs south from the back of the church. We have eaten there each time we've visited Concordia, and been very pleased with the food. This time we ordered so much we had to take the sandwich home!
El Huizachal - On the free road to Culiacan, about KM13, on the left just after you cross a bridge, about 4 km north of the road which turns off to the Playas. We have been told that the best time to go is on weekends, when various meats are cooked in the firepit. On our last visit we ordered Parrillada Mixta el Huizachal at 300 pesos and it easily fed the 5 of us. Top off your meal with a dessert, then check out the birds and animals out the back. There is a perico, a goat, roosters and even a couple of nasty looking ostriches!
If you are looking for more ideas for day trips and restaurants to try, check out this article on Restaurants in Rural Sinaloa Towns near Mazatlan. Note that not all our favorite restaurants are included here (for instance the perfectly lovely Los Arrieros at El Quelite) so be adventurous and try something new while you're out and about!