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“Our favorite town in Belize”

Mickey's Snack Shop
Ranked #24 of 92 Restaurants in San Ignacio
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

San Ignacio, Cayo Province, Belize: What a beautiful place. In a country we love, where over a hundred ethnic groups truly form a melting pot, where Mennonites can come in, take over large swaths of the land and be appreciated rather than resented for their contribution, where Mayan is still spoken but many are still so poor, where “mestizo” and “Afro-Mayan” must be respected for their similarities as well as their differences, San Ignacio stands out.

Stop at the Visitor Center for a beautiful presentation of the Cayo

There’s more paint on the houses, more quaint peculiarity to the street of small hostels, more smiles on the faces, more confidence in the strides. We asked so many people, “What’s different here? It seems to us to be a combination of commitment to guide and include the young, a deep love of their community and their place in the world, and delight in the rich rainforest around them, a local government that focuses more on improving people’s lives than enriching their own. A massive mural painted on the side of a school is a year-long collaboration between a Penn State graduate student and the townspeople and children. It captures the energy of Belize: “We the willing have so long been led by the unknowing, making so much of so little, that now we can make everything out of nothing.” A picture of that wall is now our screensaver. It may save more than our screen. We can’t wait to go back.

Mickey's, across from our hotel, was swarmed with customers day and night. Great couple, truly Belizean food and a dozen great restaurants nearby.

We’d especially commend Vitalino Reyes at Cavetubing.bze, Ian Anderson’s amazing botanical garden at Caves Branch Resort, the guy who hand-cranks the cars across the river to Xinantunich Archeological site and the young guy, third generation, who led us around the site.

Most memorable of all was David Tours (across from the market), a proudly procalaimed “Afro Mayan” who sent us upriver with a canoe to his home – his wonderful wife, his daughter who’s determined to become a guide, and what could nearly have been a Mayan settlement a millennium ago - for a canoe trip down the Makal river to the city.

Don’t miss this most insightful part of a beautiful country.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Thank DebiandBruce
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Amazing food and good location but what really kept me coming back every day was Victor and Marta. They served me with undeniable warmth. Good thing they don't close till past 9pm!

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank BryanS2823
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Reviewed 12 May 2017

We saw lots of locals here and decided to give it a try - so glad we did! Really cheap, some of the best Mexican food we have had too. If only we'd known about it for longer! Quesadillas only 4BD and very tasty. Best place in town.

Date of visit: May 2017
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Thank birdie290
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Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

When it comes to Mickey's price is secondary only to the quality of food. Yes it's inexpensive, but the food is some of the best I've had.

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank anomicbomb
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

This is a great place to get a snack and cheap eats while in San Ignacio. We had little tacos and they were 3/$1 US

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank dogsledgirl
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