Ixtapa and Zihua Food and Fun
My first post, but I got so much help from this board I felt obligated to join and reciprocate ! Went back to Ixtapa with two other couples last week. We had all honeymooned there years ago and decided to return to celebrate the 50th birthday of one of our friends. Had a great week, although the heat in July was intense, and Im from Florida! We stayed at Las Brisas, which we like because it is fairly secluded on its own cove, with no other high rises withing view. We selected Beach Club units as they included breakfast and a limited Happy Hour each day. Well worth the price upgrade..One dish that just floored me was poached eggs in a poblano pepper infused stock..Ill be looking to recreate this in my kitchen shortly..dining options at Las Brisas were OK, a bit pricey and a bit dated(ie tableside flamed desserts etc) , Lobster and Shrimp risotto in Portofino was excellent, and the Solarium by the pool had great small chicken and fish tacos. We travelled to Rubens Hamburgers in Ixtapa one day and they were as good as advertised, although the ice cold cervezas were the hit of the day as it felt like 110 that day..found a little beer dive right near Rubens called Beer Planet where the beers were 13 pesos, vs 60-75 in the hotels..Negro Modela, Indio, and Pacifico were the favs for the day. You need to make sure and ask for a taste of the cask preserved tequila..an odd flourish of exotica for such a small open air bar..
One day I took a trip into Zihua on my own to explore the Tamales at "Any"s..well worth it. I had the chicken tamales in Mole sauce, as well as one with squash blossoms. Both were well seasoned and accompanied by nice salsas, verde and traditional. Very inexpensive but was fun to get out of the hotel zone and into the city. Tried to get to a place called lety's but virtually no one knows of it, other than what Ive read on boards. Finally saw it on my last day there but did not have time to stop.
The find of the week was The Tides..beautiful place,and we had gone to try and find Tentaciones for dinner, but it was closed, So I asked cab driver to bring us to the Tides for a drink. We stayed for dinner and shared everything among the six of us. Hilites were the corn chowder with scallops, the homemade tortillas pressed right in front of us, the coconut shrimp, the tamales, even the roast chicken was one of a kind. We had grilled langoustines which were fantastic dipped in garlic butter..Nice touch was the selection of berries, shaved ginger etc to add to the water..nice wine list that had good deals from Chile, Spain and Local Whites. Was too full for dessert..so we went back a second day and paid a guest rate to use the facility. Id encourage anyone to pay the 25US. You get full use of pools, restrooms and they set up a table for dining out on the beach for you..Was incredible service all day long. They kept the beers cold, made an outstanding sangrita to accompany the reposado tequilas, and their coco loco served in the shell was great, they even carved up the liquor infused meat of the cocnut for us to nibble on. We enjoyed the in pool bar for awhile..very relaxing..
If you stay at Las Brisas, ask for Polo at the bar, he took care of the 6 of us all week. hes been there 25 years and was just the best. Hope this is helpful, thanks to all who posted on Ixtapa and Zihua that helped with this trip
Sounds like you had a great time! We go to Zihua for 3 weeks every October and love it!! We really haven't gone to Ixtapa as we find we like the more local flavor and love having our own little bungalow on the beach. Sorry to hear that you didn't make it to Lety's. We were introduced to it last October and I went twice and had the cheese stuffed shrimp each time. To Die For! and only $10US. We always pick up tamales to-go at Tamale Any's and eat on them for a few days. The squash blossoms are one of my favorites. Reading your post is getting me excited to go back. Only a few more months!!
I was so happy to come across your post! We are leaving for our honeymoon to Ixtapa in 3 weeks and also staying at Las Brisas (with the Beach Club upgrade). I wasn't sure what to expect for the breakfasts and happy hour and your post relieved my worries. I have added Ruben's, Beer Planet and The Tides to our list. Thanks!