Morelia and Pátzcuaro visit
-Fiesta Inn- Bottle of water 39 mx pesos!
-Templo de la Inmaculada- nice concept, 1st time i see something that this, any antojito was 15 pesos: huchepos, corundas, pozole, pambazos, menudo, quesadillas fritas, buñuelos, quesadillas de comal. They all seemed to me .....cheap, like we say down here "rabón". For example de corundas are served without the pork stew, the pozole and menudo has almost no meat, etc. On the other hand, the aguas frescas are really good, ciruela amarilla, coco, melón, mmm
-Cenaduría Lupita, traditional Mexican buffet, very good, huchepos and corundas, much better than at the Inmaculada, enmoladas, juices, fruit, pozole, atole de canela, chocolate.....
-El Patio, excellent food, sopa tarasca, corundas, enchiladas placeras (althought not in the menu), mole...
-Los Escudos, not has good as El Patio, there was this guy with a guitar singing Arjona, Sin Bandera, Elefante....i felt like if someone were hitting me on the head with a bat....or maybe i´m just too neurotic and getting old...
-We tried to have lunch at Posada La Basílica, mostly because of the beautiful view of the lake, but the guy at reception was very rude to us and we left right away, life is too short and the economy is so bad to be spending money and time with people who do not know how to manage a buisness. I think.
Bodega Aurrera, surprisingly good Mexican bakery, campechanas, bisquets, morelianas,
-Posada de Don Vasco, like the place very much but the rooms have no air conditioning or a fan.
Sad that you did all this on your own; most of the places you chose to eat in Morelia and Pátzcuaro are on the standard tourist track and are pretty generally mediocre. La Inmaculada is a terrific experience and there is nothing like it anywhere else in Mexico, but as you mentioned, the food isn't always topnotch. Part of knowing where to eat is also knowing when to eat there. At La Inmaculada, home cooks prepare all the food, one family per booth per month. The trick of eating there is knowing who is cooking what, and when.
The rest of the restaurants you chose in both towns aren't anything to write home about. There are absolutely superb eating options that you never knew to investigate.
Corundas in this part of Michoacán are not traditionally eaten with pork stew. When properly served, they are freshly unwound from the long corn leaves used to wrap them for the steamer and come topped with salsa de chile perón and fresh crema del rancho. None of the restaurants where you ate would have offered them in this way.
Next time you come this way, I hope that you'll avail yourself of a local expert's knowledge of food in this region.
Cristina, i apreciate your concern but i think that is very difficult to please everyone specially about food....I am Mexican, i grew up having for breakfast scramble eggs with bolillo toast spread with salsa negra. For me albóndigas de pollo or caldo de verduras is what we have any Monday, Thursday....i love capirotada, but not the recipe with water, tortillas, queso Cotija, ....i don´t like greasy food but love spicy, and so on... At el templo de la Inmaculada I had the corundas with cream and salsa de chile perón....and? for me it was too simple... I´m not an expert on cocina michoacana, but i know what i like and i live in my country. This time I didn´t bring any chongos zamoranos back home, but I brought empanadas de chilacayote, capulín, nance, zapote blanco, which i absolutely adore and haven´t had one for 6-7 years.