You guys know I love to visit this port located in the Baja Peninsula. I am aware of the bad reputation it has. I am sure some people are scared to stop by. I even wrote a post about how this is a place not many want to visit. I understand all the drawbacks of the city. But. But. But. And let me say but again. I will continue to visit for many personal (friends, missionary trips) and more pleasure oriented (eat) reasons.
In short, this is not the last post you will see about Ensenada and other Baja towns in this blog.
After that introduction, let me say that today I want to focus on FOOD!!!! Oh yeah!!! I devoured some great things during my last visit (last weekend).
I want to share because we can learn some terms or slang from what I ate. Consider it a basic training in what to order when you visit a Tijuana or Ensenada taco joint or even a restaurant.
Advisory: The photos in this post are completely raw. In them, you are going to see tons of grease, plates covered with plastic, horrific tablecloths and food lacking refrigeration. The worst thing is that one of the dishes has a heavy side order of French fries (!). Believe me, it came like that (no, I didn’t get homesick and ordered the fries). Therefore, get prepared for the unrefined material presented here.
We started our culinary journey in Tacos El Poblano. The menu is not very extensive in this establishment. However, they know what they are doing in terms of what they offer. This is an open kitchen joint so you can see where your food comes from.
What I have tried there?
The tacos al pastors are super good. They are usually eaten in the afternoon and evening because they take time to cook. You can order them with the sauce because it is not spicy.
Tip: Sometimes the tacos al pastor are called adobada tacos.
Instead of plain tacos, you can order quesatacos which are a hybrid between a quesadilla and a taco. They start by making a cheese quesadilla. Then, they open the tortilla and put the taco fillings on it.
Another thing to love about this place is the wide variety of garnishes offered to complement your meal. You can opt to boost the flavor of your order with some jalapenos, green onions, radish, limes or curtido (pickled vegetables). They even offer you a cup of beans at no extra charge.
My favorite thing to order is the mulita. Mulita means little mule in Spanish. I am not sure where this name came from (I did some research and couldn’t find any pertinent information) but that doesn’t matter. This dish consists of your choice of meat, cheese, onions, cilantro and guacamole sandwiched between two tortillas (flour or corn). It is smaller and has more ingredients than a quesadilla. I can’t keep my mind of this mulita.
I also went to a restaurant called Jalisco. We usually go there for breakfast. I have tried a combination with two smoked pork chops, eggs and beans.
This time I tried the machaca Sonora with eggs and beans. I don’t know why but the dish comes with French fries. They put them on the plate even after I asked them not to do it. French fries for breakfast? I don’t quite understand this. Well, I enjoyed the dish anyway. It was delicious.
In case you are wondering, machaca is a dish prepared most commonly from dried, spiced beef or pork, then rehydrated and pounded to make it tender. The reconstituted meat would then be used to prepare any number of dishes. Try it.
We went to eat at our favorite seafood stand two hours after breakfast. I am not kidding. I can’t imagine leaving Ensenada without visiting Mariscos Navolato. They offer octopus, shrimp, clams and other seafood in cocktails and tostadas. They are really good.
This time we didn’t see their stand (it was raining) and ate at Mariscos El Guero. The food offered here is good too. I didn’t enjoy the part of eating in the rain but you know, sometimes you have to make some sacrifices.
Ensenada, I will be back soon. Hopefully, I will visit when the skies are a little bit sunnier.
What are your favorite places to eat in Ensenada? Let me know in the comments section below.