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Cenaduría Memo

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For 50 years, one family has been making the basic antojitos which define Mexican street food in this dinner-only restaurant, where you can choose from 5 tasty à la carte choices.

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Pancho Romero, who helps run Cenaduría Memo with his wife, Alexa Robles, and her mother, Maria Hilda Robledo, says his family serves up the five basic “food groups” of Mexican cuisine: tacos dorados, sopes, enchiladas, tostadas, and pozole. Those are five good reasons to come here for dinner.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Cenaduría Memo is an Ajijic institution that opens nightly at 7:00 p.m. (and 3:00 p.m. on weekends).

The menu is not extensive and sticks to the core items that have made this one of Ajijic’s most popular late-night spots for so long:

  • Tacos dorados — Rolled up tortillas stuffed with beans or meat, then fried in oil.
  • Sopes — Extra, extra thick tiny tortillas topped with beans, potato or meat and then fried in oil.
  • Enchiladas — Tortillas are quickly marinated in a flavorful sauce before being rolled and stuffed with meat or cheese.
  • Tostadas — Hard, fried tortillas smothered with beans or meat.

And of course, there’s pozole, which is the cenaduría’s most popular dish. It’s distinctly jalisciense (from Jalisco), though it’s popular in many distinct forms across Mexico. In the states of Zacatecas and Guerrero, for example, you’ll often find green pozole.

Here at Cenaduría Memo, the pozole is red (add your own hot sauce on the side) and perfectly prepared with pork and corn hominy that explodes in your mouth. Top it off with fresh diced onion, cabbage, sliced radish, and limes brought to your table.

Pozole takes a while to make and is a popular weekend dish. It’s sometimes served on holidays such as Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. With Memo, though, you can get it any day of the week.

Last updated January 8, 2019

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Hidalgo #25


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Mon7:00pm -11:30pm
Tue7:00pm -11:30pm
Wed7:00pm -11:30pm
Thu7:00pm -11:30pm
Fri7:00pm -11:30pm
Sat3:00pm -11:30pm
Sun3:00pm -11:30pm



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Inside Cenaduría Memo in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

Pozole: pork stew with hominy corn in a tomato-chile base. It's one of Jalisco's most popular main dishes, although various styles, each unique, exist all over the country. The pozole at Cenaduria Memo will not disappoint.

Enchiladas and tacos dorados.

Tacos dorados and enchiladas.

It's served with limes, chopped onion, radish slices, cabbage, and tostadas. Dip the tostadas in the broth or pile the pozole onto them.

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Tacos dorados: "golden" tacos, which are basically just taquitos or flautas, though sometimes they are folded over in half like this instead of rolled up.

Tacos dorados with a non-spicy, tomato-based salsa, requesón cheese, onions, and cabbage.

Meat enchiladas.

Bean sopes. Sopes are thick discs of masa fried with meat, potatoes or beans on top.

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Inside Cenaduría Memo.

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