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Manix

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More than 30 years serving Mexican, Italian & other European cuisine in Ajijic.

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Manix is one of Ajijic’s longest standing restaurants, in business now since 1987.

The restaurant is located in the original home of the España family which was built by José Rosario España in 1930, a decade after the end of the Mexican Revolution.

The España family home, where Manix is located.

The España family home, where Manix is located.

The home has seen a few renovations through the years, including the 2006 addition of a second floor. These days, there’s live music in this upper space from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Some of the recipes which are used today at Manix originated with Hector’s brother, Manuel, and his mother, Doña Julia, who was a respected community activist. Hector has added some Italian and European dishes to the menu since taking over.

The restaurant has remained in family hands during its 32 years. It gets its name from the restaurant’s founder, who was given the nickname “Manix” by the few gringos living in Ajijic in the 80s. They couldn’t even pronounce “Manuel.”

Manuel, who was Juan Rosario’s oldest son, opened the restaurant in 1987 after he spent three years in the United States, where he worked in restaurants. He was a popular figure in Ajijic, where he remained for the rest of his life, always involved in the church and the town’s many holiday celebrations. He died in 2016.

This balloon from 2016 honored Manuel España, an important person in the Church and the local community, who had died earlier in the year.

This balloon from the 2016 Regata de Globos was made and flown in honor of Manuel España, who had died earlier in the year.

Since 2006, Manuel’s brother, Hector, has been managing the restaurant, playing waiter, chef, host, and dance partner on music nights.

Manix can cater your event or host your party at the restaurant.

Hector is Ajijic’s foreign community liaison

Hector was Ajijic’s delegado from 2013 to 2015. The position, which is more or less equivalent to the town administrator, is the highest political office in a Mexican town that’s outside of the municipal seat.

He is currently Ajijic’s liaison for the foreign community, so he’s a good person to know if you need help getting something done. Hector spent a good chunk of his youth, from 12 to his early 20s, in the United States.

Hector is in charge of Ajijc’s 2019 Day of the Dead parade, which will probably start around 7 p.m. on November 2. He’s organizing a fundraiser for November 1 on the Ajijic malecón to raise money for the parade:

Day of the Dead Fandango Party

Last updated October 4, 2019

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Ocampo #57

Ajijic

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Tue12:00 pm -9:00 pm
Wed12:00 pm -9:00 pm
Thu12:00 pm -9:00 pm
Fri12:00 pm -9:00 pm
Sat12:00 pm -9:00 pm
Sun12:00 pm -9:00 pm

Phone

376-766-0061

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Photos of Manix

Manix is owned by Hector España, who served as Ajijic's delegado from 2013 to 2015.

Manix is owned by Hector España, who served as Ajijic's delegado from 2013 to 2015.

He also serves guests, cooks some of the dishes and managers the day-to-day operations.

He also serves guests, cooks some of the dishes and managers the day-to-day operations.

Filet mignon Manix, which is wrapped with bacon.

Filet mignon Manix, which is wrapped with bacon.

Curry fettuccini with mussels and shrimp.

Curry fettuccini with mussels and shrimp.

Tacos al pastor. They're served every Tuesday.

Tacos al pastor. They're served every Tuesday.

Chicken piccata.

Chicken piccata.

A huge pot of mole pepian.

A huge pot of mole pepian.

Ribs.

Ribs.

The restaurant is located in the España family home, which was built in 1930, and got an upstairs addition in 2006.

The restaurant is located in the España family home, which was built in 1930, and got an upstairs addition in 2006.

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You can also eat downstairs in the lower dining room.

You can also eat downstairs in the lower dining room.

Manix has live music on the upper floor every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Here folks are celebrating on Mexico's Independence Day.

Manix has live music on the upper floor every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Here folks are celebrating on Mexico's Independence Day.

Owner Hector España after getting clobbered by flour during Ajijic's Carnival celebrations.

Owner Hector España after getting clobbered by flour during Ajijic's Carnival celebrations.

Manuel 'Manix' España, who started Manix in 1987. He was taking part in a traditional papaqui (confetti-filled egg fight) during the Fiesta de San Sebastian in Ajijic.

Manuel "Manix" España, who started Manix in 1987. He was taking part in a traditional papaqui (confetti-filled egg fight) during the Fiesta de San Sebastian in Ajijic.

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The España family home, where Manix is located.

The España family home, where Manix is located.

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