Doña Paca version of chiliquiles

In Mexico it’s seldom hard to find a good meal, but some of the best places to get breakfast are often restaurants in the top hotels. I spent last weekend visiting Patzcuaro, Mexico, a magical colonial city south of Morelia in Michoacan. My family and I at twice at Hotel Mansion Iturbe and here’s a sampling in photo form.

spicy omelette with a side of beans

Mansion Iturbe is not quite a luxury hotel, but it’s certainly comfortable enough and it’s in an evocative, rambling home built about the time the U.S. declared its independence. With a terrific location right on the main square (but surprisingly quiet in the rooms), it’s a fantastic value. Even if you’re not staying there though, try the food at Doña Paca Restaurant.

layered house special with amazing salsa

The dishes above are a sampling of what’s for breakfast if you go for the regional specialties.

If you have a picky kid with you though, as I did, don’t worry. You can still get French Toast with strawberries. What she really liked though, was the basket of sugar cookies on the table. Breakfast of champions.

Yes, you can get sweet instead of spicy.

See reviews and more about this hotel at or at the Tesoros Mexico Michoacan website.