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“Thoroughly enjoyable meal”

La cocina, cafe del viajero
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Walking up the Ancho tonight we turned right onto Pila Seca and came across La Cocina at Pila Seca #1.
We were greeted by the most beautiful smile belonging to Antonio, our waiter. That began our pleasant experience at this lovely little gem of a restaurant. The place is extremely clean, decorated in blue/white tiles with lots of greenery.

We ordered the flavorful guacamole (very good with tomatoes), the sopesitos (thick corn tortillas with beans, lettuce and queso fresca). Truthfully I would skip the sopesitos as I've had better. We ordered one entree of the shrimp diablo to split and asked for medium spice. I can tolerate a large amount of heat and the sauce just had a touch of spiciness to it along with a bit of orange flavor. The shrimp were extremely large and cooked perfectly. Accompanying the entree was a mixed green salad with tomatoes and black sesame seeds and a small cruet of honey/citrus dressing along with white rice.

I have found the people in San Miguel to be more than welcoming. We spent quite some time speaking with our waiter, Antonio. He practiced his English and we learned some Spanish as well.
All in all, just a delightful evening and I can't wait to try out their prix fix breakfasts.

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Reviewed February 27, 2014

We have eaten at La Cocina at least 5 times. Fixed price breakfast for 75P with many choices. Lunch is good and reasonable. For dinner be sure to try the jumbo shrimps wrapped in bacon. You won't be disappointed. Nice courtyard atmosphere, good friendly and attentive service. Last night's dinner for 2 with Margaritas was 360P ($27) + tip.

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4  Thank G&J-from-VA
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Lolita is the Madre de la Cocina. Her food is superlative. Made with the freshest ingredients, cooking prowess and genuine warmth for her patrons, La Cocina is one of our very favorite restaurants in a town replete with good restaurants.

3  Thank BFields
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

This is not only a small very authentic Mexican Restaurant but also a cooking school. Lolita is the head chef, speaks no English but is a great teacher. You learn (and eat) in the kitchen. Value is great and the food is right up there a fun place to visit-try the special cheese plate!

4  Thank Jay S
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinner. COMIDA!

La Cocina is at the corner of Pila Seca and Hernandez Macias, just about a few blocks from the jardin, main square in San Miguel de Allende. This is one of my most favorite places. Always good foods, fresh breads and freshly squeezed juices. NOT TO BE MISSED, nor overlooked, when walking around centro SMA.

In the prepared food, you can taste the fresh ingredients, The breakfasts and lunches are simply delicious, fresh ingredients, not over mixed or over spiced. Beautifully presented on the plates. Try their special coffee ( a hint of chocolate and cinnamon). Enjoy a freshly juiced veggie drink. (so inexpensive) and a generous 10 ounce glass.

From the street, you can look into the kitchen at the cooks preparing foods to order in a very clean environment.

{They allow you to sit and take your time here, there is no rush. It feels as though you're among family. We enjoyed breakfast/brunch here several times in September 2013. Spectacular service from Ana and Antonio. Very attentive and they anticipate your needs and deliver then just about as your are thinking of asking for something.(English is spoken here to help with the menu descriptions).

They used good napkins, linens on the tables, nothing cheap or plastic, as you can see from the photos I uploaded. Nice weighted tableware. Clean restroom!

DO NOT confuse this place with La Cocina on Anche de San Antonio on the main drag about 8 Blocks away. Even though most people refer to both restaurants with the same name, be sure to speak about this one as the one on Pila Seca (even though you can enter on Hernandez Macias).

This restaurant is frequented by locals more than tourists, as most people walk another 2 streets to be in the 'restaurant zone'. This place offers better foods and service with lower costs than the others in that 'zone'. Which may be why this is the best kept secret???

At any rate you will not be disappointed. I have enjoyed breakfasts and lunch meals here (not yet a dinner). Although Ive passed by in the evening and it appears full every time, again mostly residents of SMA. So go and enjoy!

If this were a fine dining establishment, I would have awarded 5 stars. Which those that follow me, know I rarely award 5 stars. As a frequent traveler and dining patron, I reserve 5 stars for the uber best fine dining establishments. If you found this review helpful, please click on the green "YES" button just below. Thanks.

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