La Cruz Inn Continues Tradition of Great Food Served with Love

Comfort food, pretty surroundings and wonderful people where community spirit abounds. Sometimes you just want a good meal; always you get so much more.

When lovebirds Cirilo and Annette bought The La Cruz Inn in June 2016 our town gained a gem of an eatery as well as great accommodation for visitors to our paradise. Commencing their third season they’ve continued with what seems like an annual tradition of fixing up, renovating and polishing their gem.

The first year they added flare and two guestrooms above the existing structure. The second season brought the addition of two more hotel rooms and changes to the restaurant kitchen, increasing the menu twofold. This summer as they enter for their third season they’ve given the kitchen a face-lift, and added more storage and prep area for their staff. Annette told me “This meant for us personally moving from the original small management unit attached to the kitchen to our newly built apartment above.” Well deserved for sure!

Excited to reopen this week they’re focusing on their great menu “Given positive feedback the menu will remain ‘almost the same’; we’ve reduced a few dishes to ensure service is consistent. Daily features from our chefs will allow them creativity and we’re bringing back guest favorites; fish tacos, meatloaf, ribs, and sizzling molcajetes. 

Returning to serenade guests is local trio Tres Aires with Spanish tunes and Canadian Matt playing folk rock. Dancing horses visit some evenings and stayed tuned for special events. Open daily from 8:00 am- 9:00 pm serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; they’ll serve up traditional turkey dinner for both Canadian and American Thanksgiving, too.

Cirilo and Annette get most joy visiting with their guests, regulars and tourists. They love being situated on the main plaza, beside the church. “There’s never a dull moment; weddings and quinceñeras at the church, markets and festivals and local families enjoying the plaza.”

When asked what has surprised them most; “How greatly the inn has been received. We get compliments on our comfort food that folks miss from home. Turning our dream into reality has brought many rewards; we enjoy working as a couple and being able to live full-time in this lovely pueblo. We live our dream and realize how lucky we are and are proud to provide employment, going from five employees to sixteen in three years.

Being part of the La Cruz community means to us that we have been accepted, it is so nice to go for a walk with our rescue dog and have locals and expats alike recognize us and greet us with a wave and warm smile.

La Cruz is a very caring community. When someone needs help everyone is here to assist. We give back to the community in many ways from feeding police officers and if we see a needy person we offer a meal.

As for our local stray dogs and cats we give from the left over food. Save cans for Doña Mary to give her each morning as she does her daily collection. We donate to the church and to the pueblo when they are having special events and we help out with local sports teams.  We enjoy sponsoring fundraising events such as cook-offs, as well as selling items and tickets at the restaurant for fundraisers in the community.

Trust me you’ll enjoy your time at the La Cruz Inn!

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Cindy Bouchard, an expat Canadian runs a Boutique Hotel, Villa Amor del Mar, in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. She and her husband Chris are living and lovin’ in Vallarta–Nayarit. If you want more info on La Cruz or desire… A very special vacation contact Cindy via cindy@VillaAmordelMar.com