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La Papa Loca

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Heroico Colegio Militar #45, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Takeout
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Description: A lot of places claim to be for the "locals" but this place...
A lot of places claim to be for the "locals" but this place actually is where they eat. The name means "crazy potato" in English and that is their speciality. Huge baked potato's filled with buttter, sour cream, cheese and then a variety of meats. Their tacos al pastor and pico de gallo are the best I've ever tasted. Nothing on the menu is more than $50 peso's or about $4usd. Very popular spot with the locals and tourist's that want to experience authentic Mexican food..
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best potatoes!

Fantastic food and very cheap! Very authentic atmosphere, looked interesting at first sight, typical Mexican. Crazy potato was awesome! We will be going back for another before we leave!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Karen G
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Kamloops, Canada
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Kamloops, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic food and very cheap! Very authentic atmosphere, looked interesting at first sight, typical Mexican. Crazy potato was awesome! We will be going back for another before we leave!

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Thank Karen G
Skovlunde, Denmark
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49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you want good local Mexican food, then try La Papa Loco. It’s a kind of take away where you also can eat, in door as well as outside and the food is cooked just before you in an open street kitchen way. The food is great as well as the service. They don’t serve any alcohol, including wine, beyond... More 

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Sun City West, AZ
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend suggested we go here after his cab driver said how good it was. I looked on TA and found all these wonderful reviews, so we went. Of course I expected what the setting was...outside under a patio covering or out in the parking lot. No problemo. After ordering and while looking at them cooking, the man who was... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited for dinner on our first night in Zihuatanejo and Papa Loca did not disappoint. The service is very attentive and the Crazy Potato is excellent! Delicious potatoes and tacos at very inexpensive prices. The al pastor meat is excellent. Don't miss this place!

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Thank TahitiZ
Seattle area
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Personally we think these are the best tacos in zihua, period. We have thus far tried Los Braseros and Fru Taco and we are pretty much al pastor aficionados (from PV, Cabo and other such locations).

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Thank issaqtrav
Chicago
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

A good place to grab a taco or stuffed potatoes and a beer .Located in the heart of Z , a favorite of locals and tourists.

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westbank
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We went here 2 yrs ago had to come back it is such a great atmosphere. Real great food that you wont get very many other places

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Thank rudereggie
Zacatecas, Mexico
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Tacos al Pastor, Huge Stuffed Baked Potatoes, Chips & Salsa and Jamaica, Horchata and other beverages! Super cheap prices. You have to go!

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Thank j0shd2015
Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Papa Loca is the kind of place that you almost don't want visitors to Zihua to find out about, because you love the way it's mostly only local residents who enjoy this wonderful place. This simple, indoor / outdoor restaurant has the best loaded potatoes I've ever enjoyed. A delicious snack or after-hours meal, always worth a visit.

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Thank Drewbie_G
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

Amazingly simple, unbelievably cheap, and surprisingly delicious! Get the special with steak, shrimp, and add pineapple... You won't regret it!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Heroico Colegio Militar #45, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Pacific Coast  >  Guerrero  >  Zihuatanejo

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine

Description

A lot of places claim to be for the "locals" but this place actually is where they eat. The name means "crazy potato" in English and that is their speciality. Huge baked potato's filled with buttter, sour cream, cheese and then a variety of meats. Their tacos al pastor and pico de gallo are the best I've ever tasted. Nothing on the menu is more than $50 peso's or about $4usd. Very popular spot with the locals and tourist's that want to experience authentic Mexican food..

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?