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La Papa Loca

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Heroico Colegio Militar #45, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
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British Columbia
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

Ok so you are practically eating in the street next to a car wash. How's that for ambience? The food is awesome giant potatoes filled with anything and everything you can imagine. Everything is prepared in the open kitchen and its great entertainment watching the chef smash the potatoes and carve the giant pastur. Yummy yummy yummy and oh what... More 

Thank islacurious
Emerald Park, Canada
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

We went twice to Papa Loca & both times could not believe how awesome a potatoe could be - a totally great experience!! We had the "Crazy Potatoe" & the Sausage Potatoe with cheese so creamy & cheesy, so filling we could not even finish the potatoe with all the extra chips, salsa etc.. Located on a very busy suit... More 

Thank Donna L
Westfield, Indiana
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

Ate here twice and wish i could be there now. The best potato of my life and I loved the atmosphere. Always busy and consistent. Service was great and the food was unreal. Cheapest place around too. This will be my first stop in Zihua next time

Thank adam h
Zihuatanejo, Mexico
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

Well the potatoes are amazing- a full meal- and the various stuffings to choose from are more than one person could imagine. I recently learned that there is even more to offer. At one of my Mexican friend's homes, I was treated to Pastor and warm tortillas. You can get this, with all the trimmings, TO GO! Oh my gosh,... More 

Thank LindaFromCanada
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014

We went to Papa Loca one night for dinner, and were not disappointed! I always take it as a good sign when the restaurant is full of locals, and it certainly was! The people watching here is awesome! I had the regular potato with sour cream and cheese, and my husband had one with chorizo, shrimp, cheese, and sour cream.... More 

Thank designgirl76
San Diego, California
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

Its is a crazy restaurant at night, everyone goes there late night after parties. They have a good variety of Tacos and different mexican food for a great price and they are open late. I defenetely recomended and will go back again when back in Zihua. The best is the potato, lots of flavor and good after party food!

Thank JuanPabloSamayoa
Scottsdale, Arizona
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74 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

It's been two years since our last visit to ZIH. Food here is still excellent. Since I'm from AZ, I thought the Mexican Potato sounded interesting. It included a local cactus along with cheese and chicken.....very tasty. My wife had the VEGGIE which was equally as good. I have to mention the relish tray and the assortment of salsa (some... More 

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Ixtapa, Mexico
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

This place is amazing. Service is great, drinks are great...and the FOOD! The papa especial is definitely my favorite. My friend told me about this place and went on and on about it. I thought she was crazy thinking so highly of a potato. But...she was right. They get the potato so creamy and tasty, and top it with the... More 

Thank GypsyBlossom
Reno, Nevada, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

Papa Loca is tucked away behind the main city center and is really a gem. We were told to arrive after 7pm for the best tacos al pastor in town - and boy, was it worth it! For the equivalent of USD $1.50, we received 5 beautiful little al pastor tacos that were the best we've ever had, anywhere. The... More 

Thank Dennyse D
White Rock, BC
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125 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2013

Been trying to eat here for years and finally made it this past season. It was so delicious, that I went back a couple more times. Nothing fancy here, very casual, great prices, and delicious food. I agree with the comment on the BEST pastor pork. Between myself and friends, we tried a few different items on the menu, but... More 

Thank Jacquie C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Heroico Colegio Militar #45, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Pacific Coast  >  Guerrero  >  Zihuatanejo
A lot of places claim to be for the "locals" but this place actually is where they eat. The name means "crazy potato" in English and that is their speciality. Huge baked potato's filled with buttter, sour cream, cheese and then a variety of meats. Their tacos al pastor and pico de gallo are the best I've ever tasted. Nothing on the menu is more than $50 peso's or about $4usd. Very popular spot with the locals and tourist's that want to experience authentic Mexican food..

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?