Always a popular downtown favorite, El Gran Pavo de Don Neto (13 Calle 4-41 Zona 1, tel. 2232-9912, 7 a.m.–11 p.m. daily) serves a wide variety of authentic Mexican dishes at reasonable prices. It has live mariachi music on weekends and another location at 6a Avenida 12-72 Zona 10 (tel. 2362-0608/9).
Also with several locations is Los Cebollines (6a Avenida 9-75 Zona 1, tel. 2232-7750; 12 Calle 6-17, Plazuela España, Zona 9, tel. 2334-1485; and Condado Concepción, at Km. 15.5 Carretera a El Salvador, tel. 6634-5405; www.cebollines.com, 7 a.m.–11 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 7 a.m.–midnight Fri.–Sat., 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun.), serving tasty grilled meats, enchiladas, and tacos you can wash down with refreshing lemonades, smoothies, or cocktails. Try the delicious tacos de pollo pibil.
Along with its branch in Antigua, Fridas (3a Avenida 14-60 Zona 10, tel. 2367-1611/13, lunch and dinner daily) serves Mexican dishes that include tasty fajitas and flautas at fairly reasonable prices ($5–10). The chicken in mango sauce is delectable and the bar makes excellent margaritas. Pick your poison from the long list of tequilas ($4–12).
The most casual of all the Mexican food options is Ta’contento (2 Av. 14-06 Zona 10, tel. 2363-5028, 11 a.m.–midnight Tues.–Sun., $3–7), where you can eat tasty tacos al fresco fronting a lively Zona Viva street.
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