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Maganas La Mision

Magaña Family Has Wined and Dined La Misión for Over 16 Years
By Carlos Durán

What is the secret to their success? As a satisfied client of many years, it turns out there are many answers to that question. The restaurant/bar is located midway between Rosarito and Ensenada on the Libre (Free) at Km. 64. La Misión is an oasis between two bustling cities. The fertile river valley’s agribusiness is the economic base of the community, complemented by the many retired expats that live in the area full time.

The Magaña family has managed to entice this diverse demographic with their great food, while maintaining a price range within reach of a ranch hand, an expat on a fixed income and even a struggling journalist! For starters are the Monday-Friday lunch specials priced at only $4: pork with chile verde, chicken covered in cream sauce, shrimp and cactus tortas, tongue in green sauce, ranchero steak, and an array of “antojitos Mexicanos” (tacos, chiles rellenos, flautas and tostadas).

Owner Nellie and Manager Daniel took an hour from their busy schedule to brief me on their history and extensive menu choices. Chicken is always on the rotisserie, todos los dias (every day), as well as beef birria. My personal breakfast favorite is their wheat bread French Toast. For the sugar challenged, they have sugarless syrup.

The weekday specials are: Mondays – hearty albóndiga (meatball) soup; Tuesdays – baby back pork ribs (after 4pm); Wednesdays – beef soup, fried chicken or pot roast; Thursdays – lengua (tongue) in green sauce; Fridays – chiles rellenos and shrimp and cactus tortas. On weekends you can also enjoy menudo, carnitas and beef birria.

The portions of all the above dishes are so generous that yours truly has been unable to save room for Nellie’s famous desserts of carrot, tres leches and chocolate cakes. One day, I’m going to skip lunch and only have cake and coffee—another report to follow. Wi-fi Internet soon too!

Photo: Carlos Durán

Caption: Sitting: Nellie, Olga, Daniel. Standing: Carmen, Luis, Juán and Villa.

Published by Mexico Living

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