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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!

5 Tacos You Need to Order in San Felipe. Each one for a dollar or less !

San Felipe is renowned for its tacos, even making the Newsweek 101 Best Places to Eat List. But there are several different kinds of tacos you can order in San Felipe, and different restaurants and taco stands in certain areas specialize in different kinds. Here’s a quick look at the 5 tacos you can’t miss in San Felipe:

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  1. Shrimp Taco – Taco de Camaron

    These little bundles of deliciousness are the preferred shrimp dish of many San Felipeans. Served up incredibly fresh, you can have them breaded or unbreaded (sin empanizar) Where to get them: Restaurants and stands along San Felipe’s Malecon.

  2. Fish Taco – Taco de Pescado

    If you were only to eat one thing in San Felipe, it should be a fish taco, seeing as they were first created in San Felo. While it’s not the most extravagant culinary contribution, there’s no denying that the humble fish taco is full of flavor, especially when the fish has come straight from the Sea of Cortez. Where to get them: Restaurants and stands along San Felipe’s Malecon and Mar de Cortez street

  3. Beef Taco – Taco de Carne

    If you’re in the mood for something a little meatier, the answer is, well, a meat taco. Tacos de Carne are filled with diced, seasoned steak (yum!), then you’ll be able to add a variety of toppings (fresh salsa, guacamole, lime, chopped cabbage, spicy carrots, et al) Where to get them: Late-night taco stands along Chetumal.

  4. Shaved Pork Taco – Taco al Pastor

    These tacos are not only good enough to have you going back again (and again) for more, but the cooking and serving method are somewhat remarkable. The pork marinated and is placed on an upright rotisserie to slowly cook. When you order a taco al pastor, thin slices of the pork will be shaved off the rotisserie for your taco. The unique flavors are not to be missed.  – Where to get them: You can find tacos al pastor on the Malecon, or at taco stands along Chetumal.

  5. Chicken Taco – Taco de Pollo

    If you’re craving a bit of bird instead, you can get diced chicken tacos. Specially seasoned, these taste divine with plenty of guacamole and a splash of salsa! Where to get them: Taco stands along Chetumal.

It’s not San Felipe without tacos! Make your next night out on the town a taco night!

Taco de Carne

Taco de Carne

 

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Malecon Sea-side View!

Pay a visit and check out the new menu yourself!

Buckaroo Burgers – Satisfy Your Burger Craving With Local Fare!

Just north of San Felipe, at KM 181, you can find Buckaroo Burgers, a little hamburger stand run by husband and wife team Bob and Patty , and occasionally known as the “In-N-Out Burger” of San Felipe.
Bob, known as the Buckaroo, has a menu posted out front listing a mouth-watering variety of burgers, hot-dogs and chili.

Buckaroo Bob

He’s been running the stand for 3 years, and bit by bit it’s been growing —  now there’s a little structure built around the stand, an outside seating area and Patty is working with him to keep up with the demand.  The goal though is to keep things simple — and tasty.
They’re adding new menu items as inspiration takes them… the latest creation is dubbed “The Western” — a juicy burger piled high with caramelized onion.
 
The burgers come out all wrapped up and in little baskets, just as you might get at a  little burger chain in the States, and the burgers themselves are just as good if not better. But don’t let the flavour fool you, Buckaroo Burgers is very much a local business, with fresh ingredients bought right from stores in San Felipe. No pre-packaged patties to be found here!  Bob takes pride in his hand-pressed and seasoned hamburgers. The fries are done up fresh from the potato, and are just right, crispy and light.

So if you find yourself with a burger-joint craving in San Felipe, this is the place to go, open Monday through Friday, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

Warm Up With Some Rich Champurrado!

San Felipe’s feeling a little chilly these days, and what better way to warm up than with a hot cup of thick, sweet champurrado. This seasonal “Mexican hot chocolate” is an atole beverage, made with corn masa flour and Mexican. It is sweetened using piloncillo, the brown cones of unrefined cane sugar you may have seen in San Felipe’s grocery stores. For a bit of variety it can also be lightly flavoured using cinnamon, anise, vanilla, almond extract or orange zest, etc.

Champurrado with Pan Dulce

Here is a recipe if you want to give this deliciously warming drink a try!

    •    2 cups of water (lukewarm)
    •    2 cups of milk
    •    1/4 cup masa harina
    •    1 cake of Mexican chocolate (Such as the Abuelita brand you can find at San Felipe grocery stores), chopped up
    •    3 small piloncillo cones (one ounce each), chopped up
    •    Any flavourings you may want to add, such as cinnamon, vanilla, etc.

 Pour the lukewarm water into a pot. Slowly add the masa harina, whisking it briskly to mix it completely. (You may need to strain the mixture if some clumps remain.
Pour in the milk, and add the chopped chocolate and piloncillo sugar. Add any flavouring ingredients at this point and heat the mixture to simmering, stirring constantly while it heats, until the chocolate and piloncillo bits dissolve.

Pour into mugs and enjoy, perhaps with some yummy tamales? (Click here to find out how to make Tamales to go with your Champurrado!)

Cinnamon Champurrado

Resources: About.com and Image credit to Caciqueinc.com and CocinayComparte.com.

San Felipe Tacos Make the 101 Best Places to Eat List!

San Felipe has popped up on Newsweek’s 101 Best Places to Eat as our Taco Trucks take a place on the list. It would seem the rest of the world is catching up on something San Felipians have know for years… the tacos here are Muy ricos!!

San Felipe Tacos make the news!

Part of the San Felipe experience is being asked “Harina o Maiz” when ordering the simple yet delicious dish. A platter then arrives filled with various salsas, jalapeños, shredded cabbage, and limes of course, accompanied by the staple bottom of “taco sauce” mayonnaise. Finally come the warm tacos, with fresh carne, chicken, fish or shrimp wrapped up a corn or wheat tortilla.

Delicioso!

Fresh Taco Fixins’