Pancakes at Rollie's, Sayulita, Mexico

Head to Rollie’s for Breakfast

“Would you like a pancake? I’ll buy you one.” Rollie’s predictable quote came as he cleared our plates away.

He was a jolly retired high school principal from California serving us brunches with split American/Mexican personalities; he quickly became the token character of the trip.

Rollie first came to Sayulita with his family a few years back. He fell in love with the place (I don’t blame him), and so returned just a few months later, to purchase the little low rise structure that now holds the popular Rollie’s – a bright, homey Mexican style restaurant that makes “home cookin’ in paradise.”

Along with his wife Jeanne, Rollie serves up all sorts of hearty breakfasts including everything from French toast to eggs benny with tortillas and Mexican salsa; the bright orange menu goes on for pages with detailed meal stories and quirky titles like ‘Felipe Navidad’, all named after his nearest and dearest.

“Would you like a pancake?” He asked that first day when we finished eating, white hair, bright visor, huge smile. “I’ll buy you one.”

We were stuffed, but he was extremely sure that we’d enjoy them, and went on to describe their fluffiness and how they taste the best when eaten with butter, syrup and honey. We had to oblige.

We learned very quickly the pancakes would come for free, every time, and we reciprocated the love: we became regulars. Picking what to order never actually got easier, and with our eyes huge we always ordered way too much. But every time we flipped through that bright orange menu, we could be sure of two things: we couldn’t go wrong, and we didn’t need to get pancakes.

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Rollie’s is open for breakfast from 7:30am-12pm and for “Rollie’s at Night” from 530pm-9pm. #58 Avenue de Revolucion

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