Mincho’s & Mickey’s
While not the same business and certainly not full-service restaurants, Mincho’s and Mickey’s seem to be two sides of the same coin, both fast food joints and adjacent to one another. Many would be inclined to wonder how one survives over the other or how loyalties aren’t developed to one.
Even though they share the same space, and in a couple cases the same dishes they both have their signature items exclusive to each that set them apart from one another, and make it indeed unfair to compare them.
Mincho’s serves Latin American fast food (think salbutes, empanadas, burritos, fried tacos and the like), all made to order and served hot off the stove for your enjoyment with the option to accompany it with one of their many fresh juices (the coconut water or watermelon juice is a must try!). Mincho’s easily has the best best burritos and panades in San Ignacio.
Mickeys on the other hand try their hands, and succeed well, at Belizean style breakfast foods; they serve journey cakes (Johhny cakes? No one knows at this point anymore) cut in half while hot and lined with butter, beans, ham and cheese.
Their Indian tacos are an interesting take on what can only be imagined as a flour based Mexican Sope, served as a single, topped with beans, chicen cheese, some veggies, cream and salsas, utterly unique in town and their breakfast burrito is a behemoth stuffed with scrambled eggs, beans, cheese and bacon. One can truly see why not one or the other can be disregarded as a fast food staple in San Ignacio and could even be called defining in terms of breakfast culture in town.
Crave House of Flavors
Kicking it off as the new kid on the block, Crave House of Flavors, Brain child are creation of Chef Alejandro, Crave is food art’s home in San Ignacio, putting it on the list of the best places to eat in San Ignacio.
The close personal feel of the seating is well punctuated by Alejandro’s kitchen being a part of the visual experience, situated in the front, seen as one enters it’s a delight to see your order being prepared with a simile by the Chef and his staff.
Situated around the corner or down the street from everything that we call “downtown” and being beside The Ice-cream Shoppe makes getting lost on your way here a situational impossibility.
The day to day menu has a select number of dishes, and there’s always a new special to try all with unique names and an emphasis on fresh grown, picked and prepared ingredients. The interior furnishings are well thought out and creatively presented, from the picnic bench out front to the solid wood family dining table inside made from a singular cut of tree-trunk leave no room to doubt the attention to detail put in by the proprietor of this cozy little kitchen.
There isn’t much more to say about Crave other than try it, there will be no regrets.