Reviews of restaurants we've enjoyed during our travels to the states of Baja California, and Baja California, Mexico.
Loncheria El Pollito Loquito: Family owned and operated diner, located in El Rosario inside the shell of a former school bus! Serves amazing Mexican "comfort food" for breakfast and lunch.
Tacos El Guero: Large, open restaurant, located in downtown Tecate, serves Mexican "comfort food," including many varities of tacos, tortas, and much more. Delicious food served by friendly staff...
Tacos Banny: Located in Progreso, on the outskirts of Mexicali, this roadside restaurant serves amazing "Tacos de Tripas," grilled over mesquite, in front of the restaurant.
Taqueria Adriana: Small restaurant, open to "El Malecon" in San Felipe, which serves the kind of fish tacos that have made San Felipe famous! Great food, served by friendly staff...
Hamburgesa de Loren: Small food cart vendor who sets up shop every evening under the Tijuana arch, and serves amazing hamburgers, with a "Tijuana twist."
Tacos El Chente: Open 24/7/365 for tacos de mariscos, and just about any other type of tacos that you could ever want! Located on "El Malecon" in Ensenada...
McDonald's: It's one of the largest McD's you've ever seen, and it's located just "south of the border." It's McDonald's but with a very Mexican twist...
Loncheria Rosita: Roadside Mexican diner, located in Punta Banda, that serves homemade menudo, tacos, burritos and everything you love! Friendly staff and amazing cuisine.
Tamales de Margarita: Roadside restaurant, located in Punta Banda, Margarita sells tamales, cooked over an open fire, along with many varities of pickled vegetables, olives and salsa.
Cervecería Tijuana: Great micro brewery, located south of downtown Tijuana. Delicious beer, along with complimentary chips and salsa until the kitchen opens in late afternoon...
Mi Pollo: Serves delicious grilled chicken, beans, salad, tortillas and salsa. Dine-in or take-out. Amazing chicken, grilled to perfection. Located near Tijuana Tower, south of downtown, Tijuana.
El Poblano: Small taco trailer restaurant that serves delicious tacos al pastor, grilled over a vertical rotisserie, on the streets of downtown Tijuana.
Tacos Dos Hermanos: Small food cart operated by two brothers, who sell delicious lengua and birria tacos on the streets of downtown Tijuana.
Bar El Patio y La Fonda del Patio: Classy restaurant located in downtown Tijuana. Great food, friendly staff, cold beer, and lots of people watching as you dine...
Emiliano's Tacos: Mom and pop taco diner, located near downtown Tijuana, that specializes in Jalisco-style tacos, including tripe, carne asada, pollo and more. Great tacos served by friendly staff...
La YeYe: Small hot dog stand, located in downtown Tijuana, that serves delicious bacon wrapped hot dogs.
Tacos El Chiapas: Specializes in carne asada tacos, but serves adobada, pescado, camarones, and much more. Friendly staff, low prices, and amazing tacos. Located in Tijuana...
Loncheria Las Rosas: Features amazing "loncheria" cuisine, served by two very friendly ladies. Great food, and a charming, tiny diner... located in Zona Centro, near downtown Tijuana.
Tacos Barios: Small food cart, located near the Tijuana arch, who sells birria and lengua tacos. She's a shy girl, but her tacos are heavenly.
Sabrosos Elotes Y Vasitos: Lots of words to describe a corn vendor, who pushes a cart around downtown Tijuana, selling steamed corn on the cobb, and corn kernals in a cup. His corn is delicious!
Restaurant Mariscos Quina: Features all varieties of seafood, and specializes in fish tacos. Located in Tijuana, and features delicious food, a "nautical" theme dining room, and friendly service...
Antojitos Mexicanos: Small diner, co-located with Hotel Houston, in Tijuana's Zona Norte. Shabby dining room, messy kitchen, but great food and friendly staff.
Oriental Express: Delicious Chinese cuisine in Zona Norte, Tijuana. Lunch specials served any time the restaurant is open, by super friendly staff. Great food and inexpensive prices...
Pierna de Pollo: If you're in the mood for deep fried chicken legs, served with pinto beans, cabbage and corn tortillas, you'll love this tiny restaurant. Located in Zona Norte, in Tijuana.
Restaurant La Jaibita de Jocelyn: Specializes in Mexican seafood dishes, this small Tijuana dinier serves all of your Mexican classics. Friendly staff and service with a smile...
Kentucky Fried Buches: Located in Zona Norte, in Tijuana, this small restaurant sells deep fried chicken necks, fresh salsa, along with corn tortillas. This fine cuisine is unique...
Molcas Taco Shop: Simply the friendliest restaurant in town! Features authentic, Mexican street food, grilled on a charcoal-fired grill on the street in front of the restaurant. Located in Los Algodones.
La Palapa: Family owned and operatd, this friendly restaurant features panoramic views of the harbor, a full-servie bar, and great seafood tacos. Located in Bahia Tortugas, Baja California Sur.
Restaurant Nelson: Located inside the landmark Hotel Nelson in downtown Tijuana, Restaurant Nelson serves delicious food, is open to the street, and features a full-service bar.
Magana's Tacos Restaurant Bar: Located in the small town of La Mision, in the Tijuana municipality, this roadhouse serves a great breakfast, and lots more...
Hot Dog Negro: World-famous, world-class hot dogs, Negro offers the best hot dogs in town. Juan sets up his hot dog cart, every weekend evening, on the beach, at Bahia Tortugas.
No Name Pizza: This pizza restaurant may not have a name, but they serve surprisingly good pizza at very reasonable prices in the small town of Bahia Tortugas.
Taqueria El Poblamo: Large taco operation that offers many varieties of tacos and tortas in Los Algodones. A favorite restaurant of Canadian tourists.
Mariscos El Pulinganos: Offers all varieties of your favorite seafood, Mariscos El Pulinganos is staffed by friendly people, and serves delicious fish tacos. Located on the Malecon, in Ensenada.
Hot Dog Guys: Small hot dog and hamburger cart open evenings at the corner of Calle 2 and Av. Constuin downtown Tijuana.
Asadero El Cebo: This small, family owned and operated restaurant features delicious carne asada tacos, and more, cooked over mesquite coals. Located in downtown Bahia Tortugas, in Baja Sur.
Mariscos El Caracol: Serves a huge variety of mariscos and seafood tacos. I enjoy an octopus taco, which was a first for me. Located just south of downtown Tijuana, near the tower.
Brother and Sister Hot Dogs: Small hot dog and hamberger cart, operated by a brother and sister, with mom nearby, who sell good, but but very basis hot dogs for a dollar each. Located in Tijuana's Zona Centro.
El Museo Restaurant: Caters to tourists, yet the restaurant offers delicious Mexican cuisine, and offers a great people-watching place. Located near the Tijuana arch.
Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs: Like most hot dog vendors, this guy only comes out in the late afternoon, and sells delicious Tijuana-style hot dogs at the base of the famous Tijuana arch.
Birreria Teptitlan: Small roadside restaurant, run by two of the friendliest women you'll ever meet. Serves homestyle birria tacos, caldo do berria and refried beans. Located in Ensenada.
Taco Loco: Located along the famed tourist walk, Articulo 123, this restaurant caters to tourists, but serves authentic Mexican food, and is a favorite of the Tijuana locals.
The Corn Guys: Two guys sell roasted corn, grilled on a portable grill attached to a push cart, on the streets of downtown Ensenada every evening, after dark.
Paco's Hot Dogs: Grilled, bacon wrapped hot dogs served from small cart, located at the corner of 4th and Negrete, in downtown Tijuana. Delicious hot dogs!
Tacos Varios: Manny's tacos have a not-so-secret ingredient that puts his tacos to the head of the line: Rice. But that's not all, as his tacos are some of the best in the Zona Centro.
Restaurante Papa Fernandez: Located on the Sea of Cortez in scenic Gonzaga Bay, Papa Fernandez caters to local fishermen with a delicious breakfast, and a lot more...
Tacos de Cerveza: This busy taco trailer gets their name from the beer they use in the batter for the fish tacos they serve. Located in downtown Tijuana.
Tacos La Cunna: Friendly Miguel and his silent helper prepare some of the most delicious carne asada tacos that you've ever eaten. Located on Highway 1, in the small town of El Rosario.
Restaurant La Fuente: Sure, they cater to tourists, as they're located near the Tijuana Arch, but their food is excellent, the prices are reasonable, and the servers are friendly. And the menudo is great!
Sanborn's Hermanos: Landmark, classy Tijuana restaurant that caters to the tastes of Americans, yet serves delicious, traditional, Mexican cuisine.
Birrieria El Paisa: Specializes in grilled chicken, and serves it with rice, beans, corn tortillas, and a whole restaurant of friendly staff, in Los Algodones.
Calientitos Delicios: Delicious bacon wrapped hot dogs, grilled to perfection by a street vendor, who sets up his cart under the fabled Tijuana arch.
Restaurant Chencho's: Offers indoor and patio dining, great food, served by friendly people. Classic, Mexican "family style" restaurant, located in beautiful San Felipe.
Churros Mary: Mary sets up her churro cart each day at the base of the famous Tijuana arch, and sells delicious deep fried churros to tourists, and locals alike.
Mariscos La Palapita: Kathy sells mariscos, that's it, but the mariscos she sells are fresh, expertly prepared, and truly delicious! Fine mariscos in Los Algodones.
Hot Dogs Exquisitos: Another exquisite hot dog cart, operated by Eduardo, who sells very plain hot dogs at a reasonable price, in downtown Tijuana.
La Parrilla Resaurant and Bar: Features comfortable patio dining, full service bar, friendly service and delicious, expertly prepared food in Los Algodones.
Tacos Varios "Lily": Small taco stand located on Av. Amistad, across from McDonald's, just as you go through the border turnstile, as you enter Tijuana from the United States.
Restaurante El Moroco: Offers great food, and elegant dining, in a very interesting dining room. If you're a fan of John Wayne and spaghetti westerns, dine at this restaurant! Amazing food in Bahia Tortugas!
Tacos Biby's: Mom and son restaurant that operates out of a small, well-worn trailer. If you're a fan of tacos de tripas, you can't pass this place by... Located in Tijuana's Zona Rio.
Tacos Varios: Operates from a small cart near the U.S. border in Tijuana, Tacos Varios features a variety of tacos, and is family owned and operated by very friendly people.
Taqueria Bahia: If you love delicious seafood tacos, served by two friendliest women you'll ever have the pleasure to meet, you'll love this small restaurant, located in Bahia de Los Angeles.
Tacos Amistad: You'll run into this taco stand as soon as you enter Tijuana, and you don't want to pass this on this taco cart, as their tacos are delicious.
Restaurante de Comida China y Cantonesa China-Loa: Serves delicious, authentic Cantonese Chinese food, in a comfortable dining room, in downtown San Felipe.
Mr. Tequila: One of the closest watering holes adjacent to the border, Mr. Tequila caters to gringos, but they offer surprisingly-good fish tacos, and $.99 draught beers. Located in Plaza de Tijuana.
Mariscos El Atracon: Located on Ensenada's "Fish Taco Row," near the Fish Market, this restaurant serves decent fish tacos, just like every other fish restaurant in the area.
Tacos Fitos: A highly-rated taqueria, situated near the huge produce market in the Zona Rio, Tacos Fitos features outstanding birria and tripe tacos, and perhaps the friendliest staff that you'll find in Tijuana.
El Gourmet Restaurant: Offers a great place to relax, drink beer, watch people, and enjoy good food. Caters to the taste of American and Canadian tourists in Los Algodones.
Chico's Happy Fish Tacos: How can you go wrong with a name like Chico's Happy Fish Tacos? Besides friendly staff and delicious tacos, Chico's offers $1.00 beers, and a great spot to people-watch in Plaza de Tijuana.
Tortas del Wash Mobile: One of the most popular and famous sidewalk torta restaurants in Tijuana! Serves amazing carne asada tortas, along with every condiment that you would ever wish for!
El Meño: Serves custom made tacos al pastor at a price that simply unbelievable. Just because their tacos are cheap doesn't mean they're not good... they're delicious! A Tijuana favorite.
Loncheria Anita's: Family owned and operated diner, located in Tijuana's Zona Madero. Serves delicious breakfast and lunch, and all of your Mexican favorites.
Kentucky Fried Chicken: The Colonel is alive and well in Ensenada, and had the biggest store that I've ever seen!
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