Restaurants — La Crucecita, Bahías de Huatulco, Oaxaca
- Bugambilla, southeast corner of Zócalo
From its second-story perch off the southeast corner of the Zócalo, this place serves excellent coffee and large portions of classic Oaxacan breakfasts and comidas.
Panaderia Y Pasteleria San Alejandro
- Flamboyán 213, just east of the Zócalo
Classic Méxican bakery, lots of bread and pastries filled with meats, creams, and fruits.
The intersection of Gardenia and Palma Real, five blocks north of the northwest corner of the Zócalo, is a hotbed of fine Italian food good coffee.
- Gardenia, northeast corner Palma Real, five blocks north of the Zócalo; phone 958-105-1548; cell 044-958-100-8960
This busy Italian restaurant and pizzeria bakes the finest pies in town in their wood-fired brick horno. Not in the mood for pizza, try one of their pastas, raviolis, or lasagnas; they're every bit as good. What's more, they'll deliver to your hotel.
Giordanas Delizie Italiane
- Gardenia, southeast corner Palma Real, five blocks north of the Zócalo; phone 958-583-4324; 10 a.m. -10:30 p.m.
This small Italian restaurant, with no more than a half-a-dozen tables, specializes in tasty baguette sandwiches, excellent for a quick lunch para llevar, and homemade spaghettis, raviolis, and lasagnes, which go nicely with their large selections of moderately priced Italian wines, most of which can be ordered by the glass. Like Mama Mia across the street, they'll deliver to your room.
La Mar Ailine Café
- Gardenia, southwest corner Palma Real, five blocks north of the Zócalo; phone 958-583-4324; 8:30 a.m. -11:30 p.m. Mon - Sat, 1 - 11:30 p.m. Sun.
Rounding out the culinary triumvirate of the intersection of Gardenia amd Palma Real , the small street-side café serves up the best coffee and espresso in town, hands down, along with some fine postres.
- Bugambilias 603, corner Guamuchil, east side of the Zócalo; phone 958-587-0070; www.losportaleshuatulco.com; 8 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Full spectrum of Oaxacan breakfasts and comidas.
Restaurant Terra Cotta
- Gardenia 902, corner Guarumbo; phone 958-587-0165; www.misiondelosarcos.com; 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Located in the Mision de los Arcos hotel, this place may have the best breakfast deals in town, serving from a menu full of omelettes and other egg concoctions, hot cakes, and scrumptious French toast.
- Flamboyán 306, south side of Zócalo; phone 958-587-1697; 8:00 a.m. - 12 midnight
Here, it's all about the grill and the carnes and seafood coming off of it.
- Guamuchil 206, half block east of the Zócalo; phone 958-587-1697; 11:00 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Specializing in all things camarones, with a dozen or so shrimp specials for around US$8, the premier seafood chain in the city Oaxaca has now opened a small restaurant in downtown Huatulco.
Restaurant La Crucecita
- Bugambilias 501, one block south of the Zócalo; phone 958-587-1697; 8:00 a.m. - 11 p.m.
A solid, economical choice, this place serves up large portions of seafood and Oaxacan meals.
El Sabor de Oaxaca
- Guamuchil 206, half block east of the Zócalo; phone 958-587-0060; 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
If your travels to Oaxaca are going to be confined to the coast and you're wondering what all the hullabaloo is about with the siete moles de Oaxaca, this place is your best bet to find out, with several of the classic seven on the menu, along with chapulines — dry, crunchy red grasshoppers — another delicacy of the state. The prices here are a little steep versus some other Oaxacans downtown, but the quality is high and the ambiance leans to fine dining.