Tuesday, January 22, 2008



When we arrive in a new town I seek out restaurants in the same manner in which I peruse covers at a bookstore: completely falling hook, line and sinker for a pretty exterior. So when we took a day trip from San Pancho to Sayulita, we made a quick sweep of the town, zeroing in on Lupe. With its minimal, art-filled space, Lupe is the kind of restaurant that I fall in love with at first sight.

Fortunately the menu at Lupe backs the restaurant's beautiful facade. Heirloom recipes that have been handed down for generations and carefully collected by owner Upi Viteri, are handcrafted from scratch daily. Only the freshest seasonal ingredients are used to create this lovely menu of authentic regional Mexican cuisine.

Amuse Bouche: Ricotta and parsley taquitos

Maize Boats - 65 pesos

Handmade maize sopecitos with shredded chicken, lettuce, tomato, avocado and a cilantro herb sauce. Like chicken tostadas, only dreamier.

Tortilla Soup - 55 pesos

Hands down one of the best soups I've ever had the pleasure of devouring. I literally licked the bowl clean.

Mole de Lupe - 150 pesos

Chicken breast in a black Oaxaca mole sauce, served with almond rice and hand made tortillas. Now John was the one to lick his plate clean.

Shrimp and coconut rice - 150 pesos

Light and refreshing, the shrimp left just enough room for a fresh churro on our way home.

Since it was our last night in Mexico when we finally made it to Lupe, the meal had that rich, end-of-trip romanticism about it. Over incredible food we reflected on everything from how much snow we'd have to shovel in our driveway to where our next travel adventure will be. By the end of the night one thing was certain: another trip to Sayulita would be a must, if only to dine again at Lupe.

- Katie

Jose Mariscal 12
Sayulita, Mexico


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