Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Beach Bar and Restaurant
A Fish Tale...
Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Chacala - both
the town and the beach - isn't that big. You can walk the full beach from
one end to the other in about 20-30 minutes.
Restaurants, bars, cafes and individual
vendor stands line
facing the ocean.
We tried several, but found that Chico's
became our daily hangout, for lots of reasons. It's been there serving the
locals and tourists for 30 years and is a mainstay in this town.
Enjoy our Fish Tale below!
The entrance to Chico's from the town
From our hotel, Chico's was located one
block parallel to the ocean and one block towards the ocean in an "L"
Every morning about 9:30 or 10, we'd make
the short walk down the dusty lanes and through Chico's arches that you see
The tiny yellow tienda on the left
is a sundry store, and further to the left outside this photo is the
campground - which is awesome.
We'll tell you about
in another pictorial, because if you are considering camping along the
beach, you definitely want to come to this campground.
Every morning Chico's employees would
wash down the working areas, clean the bathrooms, and set up the grill.
Walking through this entrance, we would see them preparing for the
"invasion" of tourists yet to come for the delicious meals they served here.
Entrance to Chico's from the beach
early in the morning, so the 100+ chairs at Chico's are momentarily empty.
When this place gets full - and it does - the place is hoppin'!
For the most part,
service is attentive. So long as you order something from the restaurant,
you can sit and enjoy the shade of the palapa, going in and out of
the ocean at your leisure.
Being at the beach, seafood is THE thing
Local fishermen with their boat and
Previously, on our way to and from our
table at Chico's, we'd see handsome fish on the open fire grill that were
These are some of the fishermen who
brought those fish to the fire.
These guys have our fish!!
Oh my. Can you say FRESH?!
Right from the sea, walked in by hand by
the fishermen themselves and delivered to Chico's Restaurant.
On. The. Grill.
The local name for this red snapper is
huachinango (pronounced wha-cheen-AN-goh).
Here you see the grill chef has sliced a whole fish down its back, giving two large sections of the fish to sear.
One can order a kilo of fish or a half-kilo of fish, as you choose. The kilo
will easily feed two people, having left overs to take home.
This style of
preparation is called zaranteado (pronounced sar-ahn-te-AH-doh) -
over the open flame with gobs of garlic butter and other seasonings brushed
over the fish as it cooks.
This photo gives you a good look at the
open grill with the wood aflame.
Fish are cooked beginning at the front of the chef and as they are
ready, he moves them away towards the back of the grill so that the waiters
can put them on the plate and deliver them to the tables.
You can see the pan full of garlic butter
with the handle of the brush sticking out.
On the table!
The portion you see here is the full kilo
of fish, served with two plates of rice, beans, salad and hot
At current pricing, this ran 230 Pesos
(for two people) or about $12.50USD.
Just so you know, down the beach at
Mool (the Gringo hangout with Gringo pricing) this same amount of fish
with the same preparation ran 600 Pesos, or about $33USD.
We can't tell you how moist and delicious
this fish was.
The first bite was mind-boggling!
On the lower left of the menu, under FISH
and just above FISH CEVICHE, you will see this item listed: Fish Zarandeado
Pacifico beer runs 25 Pesos or about
The menu was offered in both English and
People are friendly
This lady and her family are from
Guadalajara, about 50 minutes from
where we live. We are having a grand ol' time together discussing her
daughter learning Mandarin and English in school, and her hopes for her
future. She shared her philosophy of life with me, which was to choose
happiness, to choose peace, even with day-to-day stresses of raising a
family and financial challenges.
She was fun and lively
and had the most beautiful face! She was simply radiant, and I could understand why her husband was in
love with her.
You can see that I'm stuffing a slice of lime down the neck of my beer, a
common practice in
Mexico. The couple of bottles stacked up in front of me
were purchased by this woman and her husband for Billy and me, a very
obvious sign of their generosity.
The next time you are in Chacala, stop by
You will be welcomed,
and there is fun, music and delicious food!
Chico’s Restaurante de Mariscos
Playa Chacala, Nayarit
Cel: 327. 219. 4019 OR 327. 978. 8554
Full restaurant and Bar
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