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Gastro Trip: Rosarito

What to expect this season in our favorite food destinations, both established and up-and-coming


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With a renewed commitment to farm- and sea-to-table cuisine, Rosarito is quickly evolving into a diverse foodie mecca. Most famous of the fare is the buttery grilled lobster found in the neighborhood of Puerto Nuevo, and at La Casa del Pescador (Calle Paseo del Mar No. 5), it’s served with rice, tortillas, beans, and quite often, mariachi music. For a more upscale seafood experience—don’t mind its location in a mobile park—Popotla Restaurant and Bar (Km. 34 Carretera Libre Tijuana–Ensenada) comes with panoramic ocean views and daily catch from the local fishing village.

More food pleasures lay inland. The bucolic Las Ranchos Illusiones (Calle Baja California #74), a family-owned farm serving Mexican breakfast and lunch on Sundays, grows its own fruit and breeds rabbits, lambs, chickens, all of which can be found on the menu. At the sprawling organic venison farm Rancho Guacatay, check out the medieval-style chapel before sampling the farm’s meat and produce at El Nido (Benito Juarez Boulevard #67) in town. Wine tours, tastings, and courses are available at Rosarito’s first and only winemaker, Claudius (Boulevard Sharp #3722, col. Amp. Benito Juarez). The vintners blend grapes from Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, and other nearby areas to create Chardonnays, Sauvignon blancs, Merlots, and more.

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On your way out, stop by the organic market Baja Produce (Boulevard Popotla #10) for treats like goat cheese from Tecate and homemade basil pesto, or dine aquí in their quaint dining area. And no visit to Rosarito is complete without an Arrachera beef taco at Tacos El Yaqui (corner of Mar del Norte and La Palma), a popular street stand where the locally sourced meat is prepared on a wood-fired grill on the patio. Think of it as fast food for the slow food movement.

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