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.