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Cafe Orleans: A Real American-Style Diner in Ensenada

by Steve Dryden

American home-style cooking with an emphasis on breakfast dishes is the theme for the Orleans Cafe located in downtown Ensenada at Blvd. Costero No. 1370. You’ll find it located next to the Chevrolet dealership and directly across from the Velmar Hospital towards the harbor.
Owners Jerry and Beatriz Shelby moved to Ensenada armed with a long history of operating food venues at the San Diego Airport. Over the years Jerry collected and stored various elements of restaurant materials with future visions of opening an American-style diner in Baja California. If you look around his cafe, you’ll find pieces of Rubio’s, Arriba Margarita Bar, Chili’s, Pizza Hut and left over paint from StarBucks.

Today, they’ve built a comfortable venue that is home to retired Americans, tourists and locals who crave such American classic dishes as chicken fried steak, gumbo of the day, shrimp salad, pan fried cat fish, center cut pork chops, turkey breast open-faced sandwiches and more.

The specialty here is large portions of breakfast selections. Their 50 peso Cafe Orleans Special is two eggs, two pancakes, two sausage and two bacon, strips. In addition, they offer eggs to order, omelets, New York steak and eggs, carne asada and eggs, S.O.S., corn beef hash, poached eggs, fresh fruit with cottage cheese, hot cakes or waffles, French toast and oatmeal. Jerry grinds fresh coffee beans each morning and provides WiFi communication for customers with laptops.

Cafe Orleans is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starting in April they’ll be featuring Friday and Saturday night themed dinner specials, including lobster, abalone, prime rib and other hard to find favorites. For more information, call them at (646) 178-3286.

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