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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Best of San Felipe M - P

BEST MARGARITA
Barefoot Bar
There’s a rumor that its called the Barefoot Bar because these margaritas will blow your socks off. As one reader stated "They aren't afraid to put the booze in their Margarita's. Compared to these Margaritas, most others taste more like soda pop." At the El Cortez Hotel at the south end of Mar de Cortez.

BEST MARKET
Hipon Mercado
This #1 is a real treasure and nearly as hard to find. There’s a huge produce section, large meat department with full-time butchers and a terrific selection of canned goods and just about anything else you’d want in your pantry or refrigerator - and the prices are the lowest in town. Finding this treasure will definitely turn up gold!

BEST MEAT MARKET
Z market (Zamaniegos)
"Where's the beef – and all the other fresh and tasty meats?” For San Felipe there’s only one answer. According to readers this winner has got the beef. From the choicest cuts to skilled butchers to the high quality of their meats, people love this market. On Mar Caribe Norte.

BEST MONTH OF THE YEAR
October
October means the beginning of cooler weather, and the return of snow birds. It also marks the start of the new economic season. October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with a length of 31 days. In Latin, octo means "eight," reflecting the fact that October was the eighth month in the Roman calendar.

BEST MOTEL
Baja Palms Motel
When you first see the lights of San Felipe and you need a place to stay, you're almost there - this winner is the first hotel on the right: Right on the highway, Right on the price, Right on the customer service and Right on cleanliness.

BEST NIGHTCLUB
Bandidos
The stereotype of the Mexican Bandido comes to life here. Like a mustachioed thief in the night Bandidos steals this category as #1. One of the newest clubs on the San Felipe scene, it's the king of the night. On Mar de Cortez, across from the tourist office. If you don't see it, you'll hear it.

BEST NEW BIZ & COFFEEHOUSE
Tattoo Rose Cafe
In a Coup de Café, this winner take two categories in one swoop - The Best New Business and Best Coffeehouse. This business was here once before, then went away, only to rise from the coffee grounds, this time to stay. Great service and wonderful atmosphere. A San Felipe Starbucks at half the cost. Oh yeah, they have great food too!

BEST PIZZA
Sand Rail Pizza
This is a category with passion, so many choices and so many favorites. Eeking out a win over their in-town competitors is a clear favorite for north San Felipe residences. Great hand-tossed pizza delivered in the familiar San Rail VW bug. This just shows you where all the pizza munchers live.

BEST PLACE TO HIKE
The Shrine
The Virgin of Guadalupe shrine sits above the North end of San Felipe Bay. San Felipe offers many great places to hike, but our readers enjoy this one most. Whether you make the trek from the Malecón, or you park in the cul-de-sac next to the Lighthouse,; you'll love the shrine at sunrise, overlooking the sea and the Malecón. As one reader says, "The view is always familiar, but always different.”

BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS
Al's Backstreet Bar & Jimmy’s Backstreet Patio Grill
The location is picturesque, the patrons – well - colorful. Its a must for out of town guests. No tour of our village is complete without it. Whether its an amazing dinner at Jimmy's or Al's home made tequila he calls Cholla, this is an experience not to be missed. Al, his wife Amapola and Jimmy make this the place to be.

BEST PRODUCE
Cachanilla Swap meet
Where better to find the Best Fresh Produce (we know that non-fresh couldn't be best, but work with us) than the weekly farmers market at the weekly swap meet of course. This winner is #1 in fresh every Saturday morning at Cachanilla Swap meet.

BEST PUBLIC ART
San Felipe Arches
Majestic white arches extend 60 feet into the air to greet you when you enter San Felipe on the highway. Built in 1980, this monument is the result of an agreement by the four states enclosing the Sea of Cortez (Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, and Sonora) to encourage tourism to the Sea of Cortez, and has become the single-most recognizable symbol of San Felipe.

BEST PUBLIC RESTROOM
PEMEX - east of the circle
It is sometimes painfully obvious that public restroom standards are quite different here than they are in the States. Happily, there are exceptions. This business takes enough pride in itself and cares enough about it's customers to provide a clean facility. According the readers in the know, this is the place to go.