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Dining Off the Beaten Path - La Cocina de Ramon

Article and Photo by Gretchen Ellinger
Photo caption: Ramon Ramos, Owner.

Ohmygoodness! You just have to venture beyond the heart of town to La Cocina de Ramón! Some of you may remember Ramón Ramos from his days as chief cook at the much-enjoyed Old Port Galley. When that restaurant closed, he and his wife Lupita Urias decided to open their own restaurant. La Cocina de Ramon is charming, the hospitality is unsurpassed, and the food is delicious. Dinner was a wonderful experience!

Try the chilis nogados, from the house specialty menu. Mild Anaheim chilis are filled with a delicious concoction of beef, apples, cinnamon, raisins and nuts, drizzled with gently seasoned sauce, and served with rice, beans and tortillas. They were so delicious that we passed the plate around so that everyone at the table could try them. The shrimp and chicken fajitas were both wonderful, the fish excellent, and you should have seen the glorious seafood platter created “off menu” for the people at our neighboring table! Aguas frescas or selections from the full bar are available, as is dessert, which deserves special mention. Lupita and Ramón have long been known for postres, including desserts and especially wedding cakes. You might want to look through their scrapbook of catered wedding dinners . . . they just might be the solution for catering a Puerto Peñasco wedding.

The chilis nogados cost about $9. Three of us ate well, including non-alcoholic beverages and dessert, for about $30. La Cocina de Ramón is open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. except Tuesdays. From Blvd. Benito Juárez (the main artery through town), turn east onto Calle Simón Morua (at the traffic signal where you see the sign for Ace Hardware). Proceed four streets past Ace Hardware and turn right; you will see La Cocina de Ramón as you make the turn. ¡Buen provecho!

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