Baja California Mexico enjoys some of the best Sea Food in North America. With it cool Ocean currents and year round sunshine, the Playas de Rosarito and Ensenada have a fantastic variety of fine eating along with great Street Food alternatives. In Rosarito just next to the Fox Studios is the Popotla Beach. Every day the fishermen bring their daily catch up to the beach. Even before the catch is off the boat, many of the local buyers are already eyeing the rich bounty. Red Snapper, Sea Bass, Lobsters, Crabs, and a variety of shell fish to name a few. In Popotla Beach (day time visits only) where the local sea front restaurants will entice you to their ice coolers filled with fresh sea food to be prepared the way you want. Be prepared to allow them to prepare it their way, “Sarandeado“! This is prepared with peppers, onions, and local spices, grilled over an open fire. FANTASTIC.
Now if you prefer something a bit more modern and great service, you need to visit ” Encantos Restaurant. Located just 15 minutes south along the Senic Toll Road. This is Mexican Sea Food but with a modern twist that won’t leave you hungry soon after paying the bill. I have never had a bad meal there and I am very picky when it comes to eating out.
Rosarito has two Mexican Restaurants that stand out El Nido and El Tapanco; both of these Restaurants serve the same type of traditional Mexican kitchen. This is the type of restaurant that allows you to dress up and be pampered. They both have the same decor so if you have been to one, you have been to both.
La Mission “The Gold Coast” is located 25 minutes south from the center of Rosarito. Here you will find two superb Restaurant/Hotel establishments. Poco Cielo and La Fonda. These two Restaurants are popular for their Beach access and fine food. Great place to take in the sunset while enjoying any of the local tapas and drinks served slow and enjoyed long.
Now if Tacos are your craving, allow me suggest Tacos El Yaqui! You might order two but let me suggest that you order the “Quesadilla con Todo”! It is a meal in its self and their clientele line up for the chance of savoring one of these delights that few can duplicate. Cooked over mesquite along with hand made tortillas (has to be flour) served with a generous array of grilled onions and chiles.
Now for that Lobster meal that everyone has told you about, you will need to go to Puerto Nuevo. Just 10 minutes south of Rosarito. I suggest you drive into Puerto Nuevo and go all the way down to the bottom and slight left, you will find my favorite Lobster “Angel Del Mar” Served with bean & rice, pico de Gallo, and fresh hand made flour tortillas. Great atmosphere always good but can be extra crowded on Sundays and Holidays.
There you have it. Feel free to send me your own preferences and what you encountered. Baja California is constantly changing and new business and restaurants are opening up as I write. I will do my best to keep up with this ever changing vacation destination. Hasta pronto!