Barra de Potosi is famous for its enramadas. These are open air restaurants set along the beach. The roofs are coconut palm leaves, and the plastic tables and chairs sit directly in the sand. Roughly fifteen enramadas line the beach along the edge of the lagoon and around towards the bay. They open sometime around 9 in the morning and close at dark. Their specialty is fresh seafood and particularly on weekends and holidays, numbers of Mexican families spend the entire day camped out a table and frolic in the very gentle water. A favorite for breakfast is Teresita. La Condesa which is the one farthest north has a great ocean view and is popular with gringos, but we think it is worth exploring and finding the one you like best.
By the way, it is illegal to commercially fish for marlin and sailfish (marlin and pez vela) in Mexico. Nonetheless they often turn up on restaurant menus. Those billfish are the mainstay of the sport fishing industry and commercial exploitation has decimated their populations. We would encourage you to try huachinango (a red snapper), sierra (Spanish mackeral) , robalo (snook) and pargo (another snapper) which are legal and delicious.
Chari’s – 8:30a.m. to late afternoon. Located just past the Jesus Cristo store in the village, Chari offers egg dishes and various lunch plates at reasonable prices. She also sells fresh fish, meats and shrimp – or will prepare them for you to take out.
Dinner in the Village
There are several simple rustic restaurants that open in the village after dark. The food is cheap and delicious and you get a front row seat to life in a small Mexican village. They are one of the special charms of the area. These spots come and go but here are the most established.
We enjoy Chayo’s on the left corner of the middle street just across from the kindergarten. Her specialty is quesadillas: big tortillas made by hand and grilled with an assortment of cheese and other fillings. She has vegetarian options as well as meat and chicken.
And on the right side near the far end of the main street is Dona Emi’s – the original and now largest dinner spot. She offers the best pork tacos in the world.
Pancho’s Pizza is also worth exploring.
O’Ridley’s Tortuga Bar. This innovation to the village is a project of Patti and Mitchell and will help support Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli Turtle Camp. (As you undoubtedly already knew, Ridley turtles are a one of the species that nests on Playa Blanca). Here is how they describe it–
Our vision is to make O’Ridley’s Tortuga Bar a friendly neighborhood hangout and meeting place. We will sometimes show sports on our big screen TV but we’re not going to be a sports bar. We will play a variety of different music but we’re not planning to be a rock & roll bar or dance club.
We want O’Ridley’s to be a comfortable place to see friends, meet new friends, relax, read, talk, play games, work on a puzzle, and enjoy your favorite beverages.
We will be open in the morning for coffee, tea, juice, and smoothies with a small selection of food. A full breakfast can be ordered from the corner restaurant and delivered to O’Ridley’s. We will be closed most of the afternoon. Late afternoon into the evening, we will serve beer, wine, mixed drinks, and other beverages. Will also have small selection of light snacks. For full meals, food can be ordered from restaurants in the village (pizza, quesadillas, enchiladas, hamburgers/hotdogs, etc.) and delivered to O’Ridley’s.
We plan to occasionally host special events including movies, trivia nights, local food tastings, and more. We will post our scheduled hours as opening approaches. At least to start, we do not plan to be open 7 days a week, but we will have a schedule (and stick to it!).
Other Dining Options
Solecito Hotel: hosted by Blanca Romo – Elegant boutique hotel with seasonal restaurant – by reservation only. This is within walking distance of the village of Barra de Potosi. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Contact: phone or WhatsApp- 755 55 75157 or email reservaciones@bungalows-soleci
Villas don Manuel – Minimum 4 people and reservations required 24 hours in advance. You can discuss the menu with them. Lovely garden setting. Contact: Toby and Claudia at 755 559 7612.
North End of the Beach:
Portofino- Hosted by Gabriela Villegas. Boutique hotel, pretty setting. Gets rave reviews and features the cooking of the legendary cook and buddy of Lou Reed, the inimitable Leo. Gabriel can be reached at +52 722 461 1021 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chula Vida – They are open in the afternoons and usually in the evenings. Call ahead to double check or make a reservation. They prepare outstanding fresh fish and octopus on a wood grill, usually offered with rice and mango salsa, caesar salad and grilled vegetables. There are other options as well. Sometimes they have sushi and host salsa classes. Contact: Jorge and Lisette at 755-108-1038.
Hotel Bella Vista – Open in the afternoons and by reservation during the evening. Leonora is a prized cook who makes great traditional Mexican dishes and wonderful soups. Lou Reed was a devoted fan of her chiles enogado con camarones. She will also prepare food to deliver to the house. Contact: Leonara 755 111 3793
Lagartos – Open from 10am until 11p.m. Best to call in advance. Fish, seafood, steaks, salads in a great beachfront setting. Contact: Levy Ramirez 755 550 3042.
Marlin- Just north of Lagartos. This is a beachfront enramada that serves exceptionally fresh seafood, often including lobster and pargo. It is normally open during afternoon comida but if you call in advance, they will serve dinner and try to obtain fish to order. Contact Jose Angel at 755-111-0483 or 755-113-2863.
Brisamar- Similar to Marlin, this is a rustic beachfron enramada in Los Farrallones. Very friendly service and located on a pretty stretch of beach. Normally open for comida in the afternoons.
Marea- Multistory condos just past beach road bend below the airport. Advance reservations required.