I have lived in San Miguel de Allende for four months now and have spent most of my time eating my way through town. I thought I had tried it all until the morning I went to El Pato for the local dish of mixiotes.
If you don’t know what mixiotes are, they are packets of spiced lamb or chicken steamed overnight in a broth in the ground in the leaves of the maguey plant or banana trees. They are out of this world. I had never had mixiotes before going to El Pato, and now I declare this restaurant to serve the best meal in San Miguel de Allende.
The bowl of mixiotes, which is about as comforting as a meal can get, is only 50 pesos and comes with all the freshly made tortillas and homemade salsa that you want. I recommend the lamb, but you can also order chicken. El Pato also serves lamb barbacoa which is also the best barbacoa that I’ve eaten in San Miguel (and yes, I’ve had it from the Rodriguez Family, which comes in as a close second, at the Tuesday Market). El Pato only uses young lambs, and there is just so much more flavor.
El Pato is a daytime place and is closed in the evenings, so make sure you go early. I went for breakfast. You will see their big sign on the fence. It is a simple place consisting of a palapa with tables and chairs. You can move your chair out into the sun which is what I did. The couple who own it are some of the most hospitable and friendly people who you will ever meet.
You can find El Pato at Calzada de la Estacion 112, and their phone number is +52 415 117 4208.
You can also find their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/ElPatoBarbacoaYMixiotes.
I hope you enjoy the best meal in San Miguel de Allende. Just don’t blame me when it becomes an addiction!