By Terry Sovil from the April 2010 Edition
A very small little gem tucked away 1 block off the Blvd in Centro Santiago. They feature Carnes y Mariscos, mixed drinks (pina colada, margaritas, vampiros) plus beer, michiladas and soft drinks.
If you know Martitas, go one more block heading towards Las Hadas/Las Brisas, take a left and walk one short block and there it is. The street is just opposite the edge of the open air market where the taco stands and furniture dealer locate during the week.
There is excellent food and good prices. I’m a shimp fan and though I’ve tried the beef (excellent, in BBQ, ribs, burgers) I usually end up ordering shrimp (Diablo – hot or Ajo – garlic). I’m not sure what goes into their rice but their rice is excellent. I suspect it could have some saffron in it but it sure is tasty. The service is good and friendly and I’ve enjoyed the music in the background on visits.
The place is small with a minimal number of tables and a nice old fashioned counter with stools that is great to sit at for a mid-afternoon beer or pina colada. The walls are adorned with various stuffed sea creatures to hold your attention while they prepare your dinner. If you look kitty korner from the restaurant you’ll see a funeral home and next door is a bakery. The bakery has no sign but if you are there later in the day you’ll find a huge selection of fresh-baked treats. The bakery is an easy stop after dinner to take some things home.
La Suerte, “Good Luck”, is a must try.
Terry is a founding partner and scuba instructor for Aquatic Sports and Adventures (Deportes y Aventuras Acuáticas) in Manzanillo. A PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) Master Instructor in his 36th year as a PADI Professional. He also holds 15 Specialty Instructor Course ratings. Terry held a US Coast Guard 50-Ton Masters (Captain’s) License. In his past corporate life, he worked in computers from 1973 to 2005 from a computer operator to a project manager for companies including GE Capital Fleet Services and Target. From 2005 to 2008, he developed and oversaw delivery of training to Target’s Loss Prevention (Asset Protection) employees on the West Coast, USA. He led a network of 80+ instructors, evaluated training, performed needs assessments and gathered feedback on the delivery of training, conducted training in Crisis Leadership and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention to Target executives. Independently, he has taught hundreds of hours of skills-based training in American Red Cross CPR, First Aid, SCUBA and sailing and managed a staff of Project Managers at LogicBay in the production of multi-media training and web sites in a fast-paced environment of artists, instructional designers, writers and developers, creating a variety of interactive training and support products for Fortune 1000 companies.