|Mary's is in the white building|
We first learned of the Cocina Económica "Mary" from a Lonely Planet Guidebook. Since then, we've eaten there three times and nowhere else in Uruapan.
What distinguishes Mary's from the pack is that there's a greater choice of well prepared, homestyle cooking, served quickly, in a large and attractive dining room.
No, none of the dishes offered are cutting edge cuisine. It's homestyle fare all the way. We were there recently with our vegetarian in-laws, and all of us were reasonably pleased with our meal. We started with some guacamole and totopos — tortilla chips— ($15 extra), although our mildly palated visitors found it too picante with serrano chiles. Yes; it was a bit excessively picante for me as well.
|Menú del día|
|Vegetarian food is available|
Both Doña Cuevas and I had a Sopa de Milpa for starters, a sort of green vegetable soup. I wasn't fond of the somewhat acidic taste. I don't know from where that came—verdolagas? (purslane). She finished mine.
|Sopa de Milpa|
|Albóndigas: a bouncy word|
|Espinazo con morisqueta|
With our meal came a pitcher of agua fresca and a basket of hot tortillas. Desserts are extra, but inexpensive, from a short and simple list (few of which appealed to me) among which were flan, duraznos en almibar (peaches in syrup), chongos. (Rennet curds in syrup. Yuch) Our amigo Mexico Bob explained chongos and how to make them, here, back in 2008.
How much for all this? You'd expect to pay more, but currently, it's $44 pesos. You want mole, you pay a small surcharge.
Ambiance: Pleasant; colorful mural
Hygiene: appears excellent
Restrooms: Well maintained
Here's some location and hours info copied from the Lonely Planet Guide to Mexico: Note the price has since risen $9 pesos.
Cocina Económica Mary (x519-48-69; Independencia
59; mains M$35; h8:30am-5.30pm Mon-Sat)
I am thrilled to discover that embedded Google Street Views are again possible. See below. If you explore and play around with the maps, you'll find some amazing features. (Though the address floating on the Street View Map is incorrect.)
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For your convenience, here's a straightforward street map.
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LIVE MUSIC ADVISORY: A young singer-guitar player came in during the time we were there and entertained us. We thought he was very good, so much so that my in-laws bought a 7 track CD from him for $50 pesos.