Where Mazatlecos head for Sunday breakfast

March 29, 2009

Panamá, of course.  Panamá Restaurant y Pasteleria is a Sinaloa chain restaurant that is always packed with Mazatlecans eating Panamá’s excellent food.

I’m not a big fan of chain restaurants, except maybe for breakfast sometimes.  But Panamá is different.  First, it’s a small chain, only three restaurants/bakeries in Mazatlán and five in Culiacán.  In addition, there are seven bakeries in Mazatlán and three in Culiacán.

The chain was started in the 1970’s as an outgrowth of the Mazatlán grocery store, The Panamá Canal.  The waiters and waitresses are decked out in teal uniforms, with the waitresses wearing white panty hose.  They efficiently carry the food high in the air on trays above shoulder height, and we have never seen a mishap.  Waitresses push carts carrying their wonderful desserts around and around.

We favor the Panamá across from the main Cathedral.  There is a spacious upstairs, but we prefer to sit on the main floor if possible.

This morning we visited for breakfast – Sunday morning breakfast in a restaurant being a long-standing tradition that we have let slip since living here.  I had Omelet Santa Anita ($64) and Paul had the Pancake Combination ($64).  I also had a Fresandía, a drink of watermelon and strawberries. ($27), while Paul had coffee.  The food is so hearty we will stay full all day!

Click on the picture of the menu at left if you’d like to read it, it’s a little larger image than usual so you can read it.

I’m already planning our next Sunday breakfast, so bring your appetite.

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6 Comments
    1. It was delicious, Steve. And since I didn’t eat all the cheese in mine, it wasn’t bad. Eggs, peppers, beans, corn, and potatoes. For a special Sunday breakfast that also works for lunch and almost dinner, not too bad.

    1. We ate at the Golden Zone location last week and noticed they changed the menu.My favorite, the Farmers Omelet (crepe with eggs, corn, etc) was not on there, but I asked about it and they cooked it anyways 🙂 I love that place!

    1. hi nancy! sorry we missed that when we were there last week. We will save it for the next trip. it was very good to see you and paul!

    1. Panama was one of the first things I appreciated about Mazatlan, way back in ’98. Sort of a little oasis in the hustle and bustle of Centro. Not hard to find: if I spotted the church spires, it couldn’t be far.

      The breakfasts looked so good, beautifully presented.

      Isn’t there a little one near your house, also, or is that one just a bakery. Also, do you know if they make whole wheat bread?

    1. Sans, If they ever take the Santa Anita off the menu I will do the same thing. It is wonderful.

      Linda, I didn’t think to mention it, I’m sorry! Although Shrimp Bucket is pretty popular for Sunday breakfast, too.

      Ist. Mate, Let’s go there next time you’re in Maz, ok? There’s a bakery only on Belisario Dominguez and Sixto Osuna but I think the one by the Cathedral might be just as close by.

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