Food, Drinks & Recipes

A Great Taco – Inspired by San Felipe!

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If you live in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah or Colorado, you may have had a little taste of San Felipe without even knowing it. The Rubio’s restaurant chain, was inspired by a San Felipe taco, literally. The chain’s founder, Ralph Rubio visited our seaside town back in 1974, when he was a student at San Diego State, and made the fantastic choice of San Felipe as a spring break getaway.A Great Taco – Inspired by San Felipe!

A Great Taco – Inspired by San Felipe!

It was here that he picked up a fresh-from-the-Sea-of-Cortez fish taco, en-robed in a soft, warm tortilla and adorned with fresh salsa, lime juice, mayo and crisp cabbage, took a bite out of it and found his life forever changed. That may be a little dramatic, but it’s true that he returned home with taco fever. On a later trip to San Felo, he made sure to pick up a recipe for a delicious taco de pescado, and the dream to open up a fish taco restaurant continued to grow. In 1983, he and his dad bought an old restaurant and the first Rubio’s Fish Tacos was born, bringing a taste of San Felipe to San Diego.

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A Great Taco – Inspired by San Felipe!

Nowadays, the chain has grown to a huge scale, and you may well have had your first fish taco at a Rubio’s. However, there’s still nothing like the original, so make sure that you order up a plate of fresh fish tacos at one of San Felipe’s many little taco stands or restaurants on your next visit!

A Great Taco – Inspired by San Felipe!

San Felipe Tamale Fest 2013 Winners

San Felipe’s annual Tamale Festival, put on by the Rotary Club of San Felipe, sold out this year, as residents of San Felipe made sure to get their tamale fix for the season. Prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as People’s Choice of the Tamal creations!

First Place Winner - Irma Lopez La Madrid

First Place Winner – Irma Lopez La Madrid

Second Place Winner - Patricia Orozco

Second Place Winner – Patricia Orozco

Third Place Winners Tied - between Rosa Mendez and Indina Perez

Third Place Winners Tied – between Rosa Mendez and Indina Perez

People's Choice Winners - Maria Elena Lopez and Mayra Ulloa

People’s Choice Winners – Maria Elena Lopez and Mayra Ulloa

The Festival had to end early due to completely selling out of Tamales! Great work for this year, and make sure to go early next year to get all the tamales you need!


Cool Down with a Chilly Mojito!

The hot, humid Baja summer makes refreshing drinks a necessity, and while we’re technically at the beginning of fall, the warm days are lingering. One of the best beverages to cool you down might be the mojito. Made with fresh mint and lime, it adds the perfect little chill to a hot day.

Icy Mojito by Miamism

Icy Mojito – photo by Miamism

Several bars around San Felipe can mix up this tasty beverage, and if you’d like to mix up a glass for yourself, you can use this recipe:

  • Mix half sugar and half water to create a simple syrup.
  • Place 6-10 mint leaves in a glass and add 6 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice and 6-8 tablespoons of the syrup. Use a muddler to gently crush the mint leaves and release their oil and flavour.
  • Add ice cubes to the glass and pour 1.5 fluid ounces of white rum over the ice.
  • Add sparkling water to fill the glass to the top.
  • Garnish with a mint leave and lime wedge.

Enjoy your refreshment in a glass!

Tall, Cool and Refreshing! - photo by Flickr User TheCulinaryGeek

Tall, Cool and Refreshing! – photo by  TheCulinaryGeek

Great Location, Delicious Food


San Felipe Marina Resort & Spa offers a very complete menu in its restaurant for the joy of tourists and our local crowd as well. Opening every day except Tuesdays, El Secreto Restaurant and La Palapa have you covered with great quality meals in a priviledge beachfront location.

We invite you to come and taste our excellent Sunday Brunch with extended hours, 7 am until 1pm.

Make of El Secreto your preferred restaurant in town.


 A great place to find a delicious Sunday brunch, enjoy healthy breakfasts, have a meeting over coffee or eat a splendid lunch.

The Sweet Spot Restaurant Has Re-opened!

This past weekend saw the grand re-opening of the Sweet Spot kitchen, complete with brand-new menus, prices and flair.


Welcome to the Sweet Spot

Nestled back on the San Felipe Malecon, you can still sit outside at a table or at the bar and take in the sea and the passer-by. You can also dine indoors, in the air conditioning, and play a few rounds on the pool table.  Plus, TVs are mounted both inside and outside at the sports bar so you can keep up with the game no matter where you’re seated.


Come on in!

Food is down-home comfort-style cooking, with a Southern influence. Indulge in an appetizer of buffalo chicken wings or chicken kabobs. Dig into a pulled pork or beef brisket sandwich for lunch, or order up a filet mignon or rack of ribs for a memorable dinner. Also, word has it that the french fries are a must-try item.


Malecon Sea-side View!

Pay a visit and check out the new menu yourself!

Flavors of the 3rd Ceviche Fest

This year’s Ceviche Fest did not disappoint as chefs from various restaurants around town, as well as special guest chef Javier Placencia, dished up some delicious servings of this flavorful fare.


Chef Rigoberto Romo form ROSITA restaurant

On Saturday, chairs were filled with locals and visitors, mingling and chatting about their favorite ceviche contender, the beautiful San Felipe day and catching up on the latest bits of gossip.

Serving up Some Ceviche!

Serving up Some Ceviche!

The ceviches were delicious, some dressed up with slices of avocado and tomato, others delicately arranged on a tostada, all very much tasty as each San Felipe restaurant brought their talents to the table to put their own spin on the dish.


Welcome to the Ceviche Fest!

Live music rocked the crowd and set the mood for this great little festival, held on the Malecon, where it intersects with Chetumal. The weather had done a complete 360º change from the rainstorms only a few days earlier, and was sunny and warm, with the sea an intense shade of blue.

You can see the photos Here>>!

Choices for 3 Different Occasions


This time around we’d like to talk to you about  3 eating experiences you may be willing to try next time you are looking for a place to eat that is great, clean and delicious.

La Vaquita Restaurant & Bar

The only place in town were you may find Paella every Sunday. La Vaquita is aiming to build a reputation based on the quality of the meals they serve everyday from 11am to 10pm. Specializing in Seafood and Steaks. visit now >>

Rosita’s Restaurant

A must visit in town, Rosita’s has been catering the San Felipe enthusiasts for over 30 years. A great family restaurant and bar. Their recipes are crafted in such way that you can have a taste of the past, a taste of traditional Mexican recipes and great Seafood. visit now >>

Buckaroo Burger

Bringing inspiration to the Hamburger Lover, Buckaroo will be your favorite spot not only because of their delicious French fries but for a nice number of options you’ll find on the menu. visit now >>

One is an Eatery and the other a Cafe…Nice!

Two Brand New Social Venues on Airport Road.

Have you ventured around airport road lately? This long avenue is called on this end, Mar Caribe South and is such great news there has been 2 new Openings recently on this street. Both places are located near the Animal Rescue Segunda Thrift Store.


Set in a natural stone building that portrays local architectural techniques this Cafe sits along awaiting for customers to practice the old art of coffee tasting and friendly chatting.


On the same side of the street and just a few steps South you will encounter the presence of this wonderful Mexican mural with a vintage romantic theme, and beside it, a Mexican kitchen preparing our typical foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Remember to have an eye open next time you are looking for a nice breakfast or coffee, head up to airport road to give these new options a taste.