Tucked away in a quiet street in San Pancho is Hotel Cielo Rojo and its restaurant, Bistro Organico. I visited during Mexico’s off-season, so only a handful of locals and expats were out and about on that warm June morning. A recommendation from the staff of Four Seasons Punta Mita and a local guide named Memo had brought me to the charming hideaway location in Riviera Nayarit.
When we walked through the hotel entrance, I was delighted to find a kind of enchanted secret garden in the back, complete with a small, pristine blue pool. As someone who wakes up hungry, just a tiny bit cranky and ready for a coffee, it was a miracle that I was able to appreciate the quiet beauty of the place — without thinking about what I was going to eat as soon as we sat down.
That all changed when the menu arrived and a long list of mouth-watering dishes greeted me, boasting fresh, locally sourced and organic ingredients. Delicious and guilt-free? It doesn’t get much better than that. Unable to decide on just one, Memo and I agreed to share two dishes: the omelet with mushrooms, spinach, goat cheese and avocado with rosemary potatoes; and the organic huevos rancheros with goat cheese and roasted tomato sauce.
A pot of hot Mexican coffee, also organic, and a generous glass of green juice accented my meal, and I got a kick out of drinking my juice with a wooden straw (fun and eco-friendly). I highly recommend that visitors also try capomo, a Latin American superfood that makes a great alternative to coffee. It has a mild nutty flavor and is good on its own or with a splash of milk.
Everything was so delicious, I ate and drank until I couldn’t eat any more. Then, I had a few more bites and sips — and considered asking if they had a to-go option.
Since I returned home, I have woken up every morning wanting that dish of huevos rancheros and Mexican coffee. San Pancho may be welcoming another expat before the summer’s end.