Based on my other adventures in Los Cabos and Puerta Vallerta, I have to say that the culinary experience I was able to have in Mazatlan with the leads I could muster came in a distant third.
Visted two taquerias:
El Tacos Mexicano - Very good salsa, excellent chorreada (thank you extraMSG), solid but unspectacular carne asada, al pastor, and lengua. Much to our dismay, they did not serve cerveza. No English spoken, but our crumby Spanish did the trick. With two soft drinks tab was $9 USD.
Tacos Luna - Good salsa (watch out for the orange one!), barely passable carne asada and al pastor, pretty darned good marlin. Thankfully cerveza was served, and again, no English. With two beers tab was $9 USD
Hit two Cenadurias:
El Tunel - On the tourist circuit off Plazuela machado. Plate of Asado was quite good. Pozole was ok, better once I doctored it up. Pork gordita was just ok. With two beers tab was $13 USD
Cenaduria Chayito - Directed here by a pulmonia driver who thankfully didn't try to take to a tourist destination. We were the only gringos, but the server spoke great English and seemed thrilled we were there. EXCELLENT asado, decent shrimp and pork tacos. The consome type sauce they give you to pour over everything is key and is fantastic. We gorged our self and with four beer the tab was $13 USD.
Now for the tourist places:
El Sheik - Stunning view in a place that clearly decorated in the 80's and hasn't been updated since. I think they're still playing the same music too. Had really excellent ceviche and a nice spinach salad with a strawberry vinagrette to start. The tableside prepared pepper fillet mignon was good, the sides were very "Hungry Hunter." Surf and Turf was another well handled fillet, and entire (small) split lobster. Dessert of tableside flamed citrus crepes was vbery good. I loved the old school table side cooking. I think the last time I had anything done tableside was 15+ years ago in SF a ceaser salad was done tableside. With two very good margaritas, $53 USD.
Pedro Y Lola - Not going to bother writing this up. Don't bother. Two apps, two entrees, and three margs was ~$50 USD. The only good thing was the pickled veggies they brought with a salty cayenne mixture on them.