Under state and municipal orders, all non-essential businesses in Jalisco must remain closed until at least mid-May due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Restaurants are one of the types of businesses that have been deemed essential and many are now offering home delivery in Ajijic, Chapala and other towns at Lake Chapala.
Tourism has been shut down and many other businesses, now designed as non-essential, are closed until at least the second week of May. But things aren’t likely to go back to normal for many months and maybe not until next year. Social distancing may need to be in effect until a vaccine is developed and ready for distribution in 12-18 months. Even if things resolve much sooner than that, most people here live day-to-day or week-to-week and can’t survive without work.
Support your local businesses & corner stores
Most businesses are struggling at Lake Chapala, some have already closed their doors permanently, and the pandemic is only just starting to take hold in Mexico. With non-essential businesses closed, many people are out of work. It’s important during these times that we shop locally and avoid the big box stores like Walmart and Costco. Our neighbors need us now more than ever.
Start shopping at your corner store if you aren’t already and if you are, make a pledge to patronize them more often. The tienditas on more or less every block are always fully stocked (even with toilet paper) and have everything you need to get by: eggs, bread, milk, butter, drinks, sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, toiletries, canned goods, cooking oil, junk food, beans, rice, and on and on.
By the way, Lakeside Foodbank is organizing a food bank for Mexican families from San Pedro Itzican to Ajijic. They need monetary donations to pay for groceries for local families who don’t have any food. They also are looking for volunteers, especially bilingual ones, who can help with dispensing food and coordinating the response for each town. You can go directly to their Facebook page or visit the Volunteer Opportunities page on this site to learn more.
Is it safe to order food from restaurants at this time?
It’s unlikely that coronavirus can be spread through food. The virus primarily attaches itself to your respiratory track — not the inside of your mouth. The USDA and FDA have also said that there is no evidence that the virus can be transferred through food. Cooking food at normal high temperatures will kill the virus.
But you’ll still want to observe proper hand hygiene before eating and after disposing of your to-go order’s packaging since active coronavirus can remain on surfaces for days. Avoid touching your face, which could transfer the virus from a surface of any packaging into your eyes or nose. The biggest factor in the spread of COVID-19 is through breathing and direct contact with other people.
About the listings below
I’ve tried to include as much confirmed info as possible such as delivery hours, the menu and whether delivery is free. It seems like most places are offering their deliveries for no extra charge. But in the list below I’ve only indicated if delivery is free if I’m 100% certain.
Some restaurants are exclusively using a third-party delivery service called Traitte. Some have their own delivery person. Some do both.
Traitte is a common way for people to order food in the area and for the month of April, co-founder Joel Hernández says that they’ll be waving their normal charges and will offer free delivery. (They’ll also be waving the sign-up fees for any new restaurants or businesses.)
You can use Traitte’s website or download their Android or iPhone app to place your order and it should arrive within the timeframe that is specified for each restaurant. Traitte will send your order to the restaurant and a delivery guy will pick it up and bring it to you. You can pay the driver in cash when your order arrives.
Traitte normally charges you a base fee plus a certain percentage of the order cost. But again, they are waving their fees for the month of April.
If you click on one of the Traitte links below and you get a message like, “There are no menu items available at this time,” it’s because the restaurant is not open for delivery at the moment. Try again later when they are open. You can get a list of all Traitte’s restaurants by visiting their website.
Some restaurants are now keeping special delivery hours apart from their regular hours. Other restaurants have closed their dining rooms completely and are only offering takeout and/or delivery.
If you know of any other restaurants or businesses that should be added to this list, or of any corrections or updates, please let me know.
Restaurants That Deliver at Lake Chapala
Adelita Bar & Grill — Delivery available Monday (12-8 p.m.), Tuesday (12-8 p.m.), Wednesday (12-8 p.m.), Thursday (12-8 p.m.), Friday (12-10 p.m.), Saturday (12-10 p.m.), and Sunday (12-8 p.m.). 332-184-4645 or 332-055-1942 or order via Traitte. (More info + menu)
Boar’s House Homestyle Food — Lasagna, macaroni, enchiladas, BBQ ribs and more delivered in Ajijic. 331-123-8603.
Bobby’s La Terraza — Delivery available Wednesday-Saturday, 1:30-6:30 p.m., from Riberas to La Canacinta for $75 or the Racquet Club for $100. The delivery charges include tip and 100% of the charge goes to the employees. All menu items are freezable and suitable for reheating. Call Bobby directly on his cell at 331-771-1641 or try 376-108-2309. (Menu and more details)
Café El Roble — Mexican and American-style breakfast and lunch, plus coffee drinks. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. except for Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Delivery available via Traitte (see menu). (More info)
Cenizas del Sol/Pollo Vini — Charcoal-grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, tacos dorados (taquitos), salads, hamburgers, milanesas (breaded chicken) and more delivered in Chapala. 376-765-5469 or 331-719-4128. (More info – Partial menu)
Cesar Ivan Padilla — Daily changing menu organized by Cesar and cooked by a chef with 16 years experience who has worked in the past The Peacock Garden and Café Magaña. Fettucini, monte cristos, club sandwiches, cordon bleu, chipotle burritos, etc. 332-799-4019. (See sample menu)
Dharma — A special menu for home delivery that includes gourmet tacos, guacamole, beans, salsa, pad Thai, Vietnamese rolls. Free delivery by calling direct at 331-548-5332 or when ordering via Traitte. (More info + menu)
Emma’s Deli — Emma’s Deli is now doing takeout and delivery only on Mondays and Thursdays. Bagels by the dozen or half-dozen, Reubens, patty melts, and all-beef hot dogs. Make your order a day in advance for delivery/pickup between 12-1 p.m. the day after. 333-399-3202. (Menu)
Emmanuel’s Kitchen — Place your order from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., seven days a week, for delivery after 2 p.m. the same day. Delivery is free in West Ajijic. The menu seems to be changing weekly. 332-041-7968. (More info)
Gossip’s — Gossip’s has closed, for now, but Ismat is cooking some of the menu’s items at his other restaurant, Ismat’s Fried Chicken & Burgers. Gumbo, vegan African peanut soup, chili, meal balls, roast prime rib sandwich, and Thai chicken curry with rice. Call 376-109-1334. (More info)
Grilled Chicken Las Seís Esquinas — Charcoal-grilled chicken delivered Saturdays and Sundays in Ajijic. 376-766-5198.
La Bodega De Ajijic — Pasta, salad, chicken, fish, shrimp, hamburgers, guacamole, etc. Delivery Tuesday-Sunday (?) from 1-6 p.m. via Traitte (see menu). (More info)
Mario’s Restaurant — Delivery in San Antonio Tlayacapan and possibly other towns, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Minimum order $150 pesos. 376-766-1452. (More info – Menu: breakfast menu + lunch/dinner menu)
Mediterraneo Caffe e Cucina — Pasta, pizza, bruschetta, portabello, salads. Delivery via Traitte (see menu).
Meraki Bistro — Meraki has a special abbreviated menu plus family-size portions for takeout/delivery. Place your order the day before for delivery after 12:00 noon the next day in Ajijic. 331-079-5554. (More info – Menu: page 1 – page 2)
Meson Don Quijote — Spanish food. 376-766-5388. (Menu)
Mom’s Deli — Delivery available via Traitte (see menu).
The Omelette House — Delivery available via Traitte (see menu).
Pancha La Boba — Delivery available via Traitte (see menu).
Pizza Las Coyotas — Delivery in Ajijic on Saturdays and Sundays from 6-10 p.m. 332-838-8405.
Pizzas a la Leña Pipos — Pizza delivered in Riberas and San Antonio. 552-369-9453.
Purple Garlic Pizza Brothers — Pizzas delivered from east of Chapala to San Juan Cosalá Mon-Sat, 12:30-8 p.m. Cost for delivery is 30 pesos in San Antonio, 40 pesos to Riberas and East Ajijic, 50 pesos to the center of Chapala and West Ajijic (West Ajijic starts at 5 de Febrero), and 100 pesos to San Juan Cosalá and east of Chapala. 331-091-3385. (More info + menu)
Re-Tacon Ajijic — Fish and shrimp tacos. Delivery via Traitte (see menu).
Tacos Doña Sara — 331-787-6926.
Tacos En Frente de la Gasolinera — The taquería across from the Pemex station in Ajijic is delivering Tuesday-Saturday from 5-11 p.m. These are really good tacos. The tacos de pastor are recommended. 333-394-9399. (Photo)
Taco Fish “El Encarbonado” — Tacos with barbacoa, marlin, adobada, arrachera, fish, beef, chorizo, alambre, rib, mushroom and more. Delivered in Chapala Tuesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to about 5-6 p.m. 333-967-8729. (More info)
Teocintle Maiz — Traditional and contemporary Mexican food. Teocintle is now offering only to-go orders, plus delivery service from Chapala to West Ajijic. Menu changes more or less daily. Tuesday-Saturday, 2-7 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 331-547-8968 or 331-772-1926. (More info + menu)
Grocery Stores & Other Food-Related Products Being Delivered
Craft Beer — Local beer maker Sabor Axixic is delivering their European lager, IPA, pale ale, Oktoberfest, Stout, Hefeweizen, Porter, dopplebock and other special editions. An assorted six-pack is available. 333-140-5546. (More info)
Cinnamon Rolls “La Casa de Cheliz” — Cinnamon rolls, sweetbreads, empanadas, mini apple pies and other treats for delivery in Ajijic and San Antonio Tlayacapan. 12-5 p.m. 331-242-8863 or 331-282-9488. (More info)
De Vuelta A Tí — Hot and cold coffee drinks and coffee beans (medium roast, dark, espresso and decaf) delivered 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday in central Chapala. 333-447-3420 or 333-485-3815. (More info)
Deli-Cakes Ajijic — Sweetbreads, empanadas, banana bread, cuernitos and other pastries and pan dulces delivered in Ajijic Monday-Saturday. Delivery also available in San Antonio and Chapala with a minimum order of 12 pastries. Place your order a day ahead or from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on the day of your order. Delivery happens after 3 p.m. 333-502-5066 or 333-235-6276. (More info)
Dulce Mordisko Bakery — Cakes, desserts, pies, empanadas, cookies, brownies, banana bread and other desserts delivered Tuesdays and Thursdays after 5 p.m. in Ajijic. Minimum purchase of $200 pesos. 376-766-4457. (More info – More info)
Fruits and Vegetables Victoria — Home delivery to Chapala, Ajijic, San Antonio Tlayacapan and elsewhere in the Chapala municipality. They also sell grains, seeds, cereal, eggs and other products. 333-724-4820. (More info – sample prices)
Galo de Allende Goat Products — Free delivery from Ajijic to Chapala for orders over $150 pesos; $20-peso delivery fee for other areas and orders less than $150. Email email@example.com or call 331-147-9903 or 333-570-0262. (More info)
Groceries Armando Zamora — Groceries delivered in Ajijic. 331-158-1372.
Groceries “La Tiendita” — Call 333-409-5046 for grocery delivery in Ajijic.
Ice Cream — Traditional barrel-made nieve de garrafa. Mango, guanábana, strawberry, mango, vanilla, coconut, mamey, tequila, cookie, pistachio and other flavors. $120 pesos per liter. Delivery happens after 4:00 each day. 332-806-5411.
Marianela — Cakes, pies, empanadas and other desserts. (More info)
Mi Ranchito Cremería — Offering groceries and fresh-made foods, soups, potato salad, rigatoni, chili con carne, frozen soups, and more. If you have Facebook you should contact them via their Facebook page to place your order. As a last resort, if you don’t do Facebook, you could try calling them at 376 765 5108, but they don’t have anyone to man the phone.
Panadería Ibon — Traditional Mexican breads like birotes and bolillo, plus other varieties, delievered in Ajijic. 331-030-8408. (Photo)
Panadería Scandinavia — Delivery of bread and sandwiches. Delivery is provided between two times each day: 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Place your order the day before for morning delivery; place it before noon the same day for the afternoon delivery run. $100 peso-minimum order. 376-766-0604 or 333-831-7891. (More info)
Panadería Rojas — Breads, sweetbreads, empanadas, delivered for free in Ajijic with a minimum $100-peso order. Call before 2 p.m. or one day before you’d like your order. 376-766-0347 or 3310825255. (More info)
Pies — Flan, chocoflan, apple pie, lime pie and other flavors, changing daily. 331-045-2596.
Sausages & Cold Cuts International — Gourmet, 100% natural cold cuts, kielbasa, bratwurst, sauerkraut and more. 332-669-2632.
Seeds and Grains Chapala — Dried chiles, beans, seeds, fruits, cereals, supplements, spices, sweets, condiments, artificial flavorers and more delivered in Chapala and possibly other towns. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 331-073-5310.
Súper Mini El Terreno — Mini supermarket with delivery in Ajijic. Minimum purchase of $100 pesos. 331-870-5384.
Home Health/Medical Services & Products
Farmacia San Paulo — Located in El Chante, Jocotepec. 387-763-0506.
Farmacias Mascaras — Located in Riberas, available 24 hours/day. Can process credit cards at your home. 376-766-5240.
Riberas Medical Group — Call Riberas Medial Group to get a home consultation for any reason, in addition to a home exam you if you think that you might have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, pain, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell). 376-688-1244.
Other Stores & Businesses Offering Home Delivery
Cleaning Products — 333-156-2012.
Pool Stuff — Pool supplies. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 376-766-1370.
Delivery, Pick-Up & Errand-Runner Services
Do you need something delivered or picked up and brought to you? Call one of these recommended drivers or errand runners below.
Ángel Haro — Taxi driver. Will also make deliveries and pick-ups. 331-115-4627.
El Mandadito — Will make deliveries of various things or bring them to you. 312-103-5287.
Ivan Zamora — Taxi driver. Will also make deliveries and pick-ups. 331-913-2442.
Mandadito Express — Delivery and pick-up service from restaurants, stores, markets, etc. in from Ajijic to Ixtlahuacán from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 332-406-8328.
Omar Medina — Private driver. Home delivery of supplies, food, medicines, etc. 331-281-2818.
Xochitl Del Rocio — Available to carry out your errands from 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in Ajijic. 331-095-7461.
Virtual Services Offered by Locals
Yoga Lessons Online — Drishti center is putting their yoga lessons online. Cost is by donation. (Access the lessons & schedule)
Facebook Groups & Pages
Chapala Expat Liason — Official Facebook page run by Hector España, the local government liaison between the foreign and Mexican communities. Follow this page for official announcements and trusted information.
Comercio Local Ajijic — Local people selling their food and goods.
Lake Chapala COVID-19 Group — Group for discussing, coordinating, informing & helping each other out.
Businesses That Are Closed Until Further Notice
Many businesses are closed. Here are some confirmed ones. Please send me a message if you know of any additions or updates to this list.
Bar El Camaleón
Casa Domenech (closed until April 30)
El Gato Feo
El Granero (closed April 6-19)
Los Telares Restaurant
Last updated May 1, 2020