Dinner at Hank's New Orlean's Cafe and Oyster Bar
Masks are just one of the strict requirements for going into public in San Miguel de Allende during the COVID-19 pandemic. We noticed that most people wear them here, though it appears that it’s acceptable to slide your mask down around your neck if you’re walking down the street eating an ice cream cone. Good idea!
Sign at Entrance to San Miguel de Allende Pedestrian Area of Centro
To enter centro, the area closed to vehicle traffic, all pedestrians are currently required to walk through a misting station that we were told sprays a natural antimicrobial ingredient. We took off our glasses, closed our eyes, held our breath, and walked through as quickly as possible without breaking into a jog. Running, even hurrying, is not common in the Mexican culture and we try to blend in.
We’re happy that many restaurants in San Miguel de Allende have opened back up for dining in. Hank’s doesn’t look like much from the street but the inside is warm and welcoming.
Hank’s was our first choice for dinner as we were craving American comfort food. Sometimes a change from Mexican food is in order when living here. We shared a Greek Salad, which the kitchen kindly split into two generous portions. A shared order of grilled salmon with baked potato and coleslaw with horseradish was more than we could finish. But, of course, we had room for their famous Key Lime Pie.
The candles added a romantic atmosphere to the dining room. We enjoyed the music, mostly 70s American rock ‘n’ roll, fitting the New Orleans style. The tables, spaced well apart, were filled with about half Mexicans and half norteamericanos, and the service was exceptional. We’ll return often in the next two months to work our way through their menu, a satisfying change of flavors here in México.
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