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Rosarito Beach Around Town

Rosarito Beach Scene
By Carlos Durán

There are reports of many restaurants and businesses closing on Revolution and other neighborhoods in Tijuana due to the decline of the number of visitors. Have no fear, there are lots of places still left for good grub in Rosarito, though a few have chosen to hibernate until spring. The popular The Palms at Cantamar is taking a break as is La Misión Restaurant and La Palapa de Jose are all going to wait the winter out before opening again in a month or so. But many are still open and some, such as Medio Camino Half Way House where Chef Johnny has expanded their hours (open until midnight) and are working seven days a week to fill the gap for those in hibernation, offering $5 breakfasts that includes coffee and $7 complete lunches. Of course, the gourmet dinner menu is always available. Another place for great bites that has recently won Best Bar and Best Place to Stay in Mexico Living’s Best of 2008 is Bobby’s Baja by the Sea at km 43. A wide-ranging menu that includes Italian dishes and pizza, steaks, seafood, sandwiches and a French Onion soup that is to die for.

In town there are many great places to wine and dine such as La Estancia and Susan and William’s La Bamba, and for a wide variety of seafood choices at the Pimentel’s Vince’s Old Pier. Some may remember the lunch diner at km 35, Arcel’s Restaurant, from a couple of years back. They were located, for awhile, on Cinco de Mayo but have recently moved to the building that houses Bonanova Hospital along Benito Juarez Blvd. Downstairs and in the back of the building where you can find parking too. And right across Juarez Blvd. from the hospital is the downtown version of Ruben’s Bar and Grill, aptly named Ruben’s Jr. that specializes in Mexican food at very affordable prices. They offer a variety of Mexican dishes for under $5. Watch for karaoke nights in the near future at Ruben’s Jr. too. Another good choice for typical Mexican fare is Los Arcos Restaurant located at the entrance of the Rosarito Beach Hotel. The Sanchez-Gutierrez family has been feeding locals and tourists there for many years.

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