Mexican cuisine may be flavorful and delicious, but it isn’t always healthy. 100% Natural, a small chain with several branches across Acapulco, aims to match great Mexican flavors to nutritious, wholesome ingredients. From breakfasts of fresh fruit and muesli to wholegrain and gluten-free versions of Mexican lunchtime classics, you’ll find an extensive menu here with plenty of vegetarian options. While their pastas and noodle dishes are quite tasty, the salad options are particularly strong, enriched by nuts, seeds and sprouted grains to fuel you up without weighing you down. The Café Del Mar location is especially appealing thanks to its proximity to La Caleta beach, though the Magallanes branch is also a contender with its pontoon seating and lovely views of the bay.
A seafood shack decked out with nautical bric-à-brac and old movie posters, Pesca’O serves outstanding fish tacos, punchy shrimp cocktails, and lime-laced ceviche, along with margaritas and cold beers. Their most popular, highly rated specialties include the seafood-stuffed chilies and the yellow fin tuna carpaccio. Desserts of flambéed bananas and chocolate brownies à la mode are simple but satisfying, and the price is right. Just a short walk from the beach, Pesca’O is popular with both locals and visitors. Its dining room is a good bit smaller than its widespread reputation, so get there early if you want to beat the line.
Homey Mexican classics are the order of the day at La Casa de Tere, a brightly painted open-air dining room in an unassuming area of Acapulco. Take a seat at one of the long wooden tables and tuck in to outstanding tortilla soups, chicken with mole (a rich sauce made from upwards of 20 ingredients that include toasted spices and a variety of ground chillies) and syrupy flan. On Thursdays the restaurant serves pozole, a traditional hominy broth popular in Guerrero state; La Casa de Tere’s version is regarded by many aficionados to be the best in the city. This insider’s pick also hosts Mexican folk music with local groups performing several nights a week.
A reliable local favorite with three branches around town, Tacos Tumbras serves some of Acapulco’s best tacos, along with vibrant fresh juices (aguas frescas) and cold beers sharpened with a spritz of lime. You’ll find numerous classic taco combos here but the intensely savoury tacos al pastor (marinated, spiced pork cooked on a spit, lifted by a sprinkling of chopped onion and coriander) are the most popular. Along with the obligatory side of lime wedges there are fresh tomato, tomatillo and chipotle salsas with which to anoint them. Ideal for a quick bite or a late night pit-stop, Tacos Tumbras makes a refreshing change from Acapulco’s glitzy, tourist-orientated side.