Author: richard (---.res.east.verizon.net)
Date: 12-28-06 15:11
Mayra - bulk basics and things you would expect at a Safeway, limited choice, but large quantity
Milka - fresh meat and veg and assorted packaged, limited quantity, but large choice
Eden - impressive cheese, sausage, frozen section and good liquor/wine selection - the liquor store by the dock (I think) is cheaper, but small stock
it's hard to imagine spending $50-80 pp on dinner except at a couple of places (although they are good and that must include copious wine) plenty of budget-wise alternatives are around. In addition to Mamacita's I would add (and you'll find) Dinghy, Barbara Rosa's, Batey, that place along the road to Flamenco across from the airport, the pastillito stands at Flamenco and others.
forget bringing basics - that's no problem, it's fresh vegetables that's an issue and bear in mind the local fishers generally flash freeze the catch anyway for transport.
just be flexible and go with what you find and you'll be ok. honestly as far as beans and rice go, there's no trouble and unless you want some really exotic spice, don't worry.