Originally posted by tiki
Originally posted by peppertree
Anyone ever eat a carnita? I had them at a restaurant in Tijuana (across from the racetrack). The name of the restaurant is U Ru Guapan. I forget the spelling. This is THE roadfood spot in Tijuana. Orange picnic tables, Mariachi music (live) in the evening. A meal there is under $10. Includes Carnitas, pork skin that you can pull right off of the overdone pig and Mexican beer.
Anyone ever eat there?
LOVE Carnita's----when my wife was in grad school in San Diego we went to a restteraunt in Tijuana that specialized in carnitas---you order the meat by the kilo and they supplied all the fixins you could eat along with it" Fabulous stuff and dinner for 4 adults with appeties--with tip--$20---mexico is the only thing about San Diego that i miss!
Since we are on the subject of "South San Diego", when I was living in Tecate I used to eat lunch almost everyday at a place just south of the Ballpark on the road to Ensenada (which coincidentally was on my way to my apt. at Rancho Tecate, a bizarre hotel with a really good restaurant, but that's another story). The place was (and is incidentally, I just checked) is called El Pulpito. They only serve one thing, a dish known in Baja as a "cockatele". This wonderful dining item consists of any of a number of seafoods that are brined seperately, kept chilled and them combined per customer request in a large schooner (you don't have to get large, but why wouldn't you?)and then it is "sauced" with a spicy, thin tomato sauce (more like juice than sauce). You can load them up with shrimp, squid, octopus, oysters, abalone (mmmmmmmm
), and a number of other things. This is not ceviche. Similar, yet totally different. I have never seen this dish outside of Northern Baja and really miss it.
El Pulpito on it's own is pretty cool. The kitchen area is squeaky clean. Seating consists of outside tables and chairs with the ubiquitos Tecate umbrellas over the tables. Beverages are purchased next door at "Liquores Tres", an outlet of a well stocked chain of independent (not associated with a brewery) beverage outlets in Tijuana, Rosarita, Ensenada, and Tecate. Service is great and the people there will be happy if your entire Spanish vocabulary consists of pointing, si, and gracias.
While you are in Tecate, pass by "El Mejor Pan" on your way back to the border (across from police station) and pick up some bread. This is probably the best bakery in Northern Baja and certainly one of the best in the San Diego area.
The border crossing at Tecate is two lanes and usually (even at peak times) less than a two minute wait and the drive down through east county San Diego is absolutely gorgeous. If you have room you can stop on your way back at the Dulzura Cafe (in the little oasis of Dulzura) and have a great hamburger and one of the coldest beverages you have ever had in your life