Mele (pronounced MAY-lay) and his family run the Pollo Asado stand on the main road into La Manz. He's only 30 years old and says he has been barbecuing chicken with his family for eleven years.
They came to La Manzanilla eight years ago from Villa Purificación, and immediately set up their barbecued chicken business here.
Mele's sister Clementina, who is often working at the chicken stand along with their mother, was a becada (scholarship student), and is now attending University in Manzanillo on Saturdays to eventually become a teacher.
Mele and his mother usually make a nice marinated butterflied chicken, split open and cooked on the charcoal grill.
However, they'll make you a 'beer can' chicken if you make a special order. The marinated chicken is tied around a full can of Mexican beer and then roasted on the charcoal grill, basted constantly.
Ours was tender and juicier than their regular chicken, and just as smoky - cooked along with potatoes on the bottom. 130 pesos (regular chicken is 110 pesos), and comes with rice, toritillas, and salsa. Order the 'beer can chicken', Or pollo con una lata de cerveza by 2pm and it will be ready before 2 pm the next day.
Don't go to the stand too late - the chicken is usually sold out by 2 pm, and sometimes earlier.