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Baja Mexico, or Mexico in general is known for some excellent food. To be honest, Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines! Needless to say, I was ready to devour everything in sight! The food in Rosarito was delightful and exactly what I thought it would be. Although you can’t go wrong with popular Mexican dishes, here are my 5 food recommendations for you when in Baja or Rosarito.

1. Seafood
Oysters, Stone Crab, Lobster & Beer

Oysters, Stone Crab, Lobster & Beer

Since Baja is right on the coast, they have access to some fresh and CHEAP seafood. I’m talking oysters, crabs and their signature Lobsters!! In the picture above, all of that along with 6 delicious Sol beers costs only $60. That is chump change compared to what it would cost in Las Vegas. My biggest mistake while in Rosarito was that I only ate at this restaurant, Vince’s, only one time. If I ever find my way back to Rosarito, I will live in this restaurant.

2. Eat Deer not Tacos
Beautiful restaurant and Venison Machaca

Beautiful restaurant and Venison Machaca

Ok, I mean you don’t have to avoid tacos…because the tacos are indeed delicious. BUT! Save room for Venison Machaca. It’s shredded deer meat slow cooked with chili and onions and it is amazing. It can actually be used to fill tortillas… so it’s basically a taco! There you go. Two birds with one stone. The best place for this treat is at El Nido. Do note, that they have a sister property just down the street called Los Pelicanos. Don’t go there. Sister properties don’t mean equals. Go to El Nido.

3. Pineapple Beach Side Snack
Pinas frutas

Pinas frutas

Rosarito Beach is swimming with beach vendors armed with a variety of snacks. I’m talking churros, corn, tamales, ice cream and chips, coconuts and the item of feature… Pinas Frutas or pineapple fruits. A hollowed out pineapple filled with mangos, cucumber, pineapples and watermelon. The added entertainment is they make it fresh in front of you! All for the low LOW cost of $8!! Can’t beat that. There is also a cocoloko which is a hollowed out coconut with cucumber but that is a more savory item since it has chili peanuts and pork. Weird right? It wasn’t for me, so I just stick to the fruits.

4. Drink Wine

RosaritoWine

Just outside of Rosarito is Valle de Guadalupe. Baja’s wine country. Now, I didn’t travel out to that area but there was a wine tasting room just 10 minutes away from my hotel. I had the opportunity to taste 4 local wines for only $5!! You can get wine wasted at a tasting and definitely stay under $20 if you wanted to. The wine above is from a local wine company called L.A Cetto. It’s a sweet white and I could drink the whole bottle in one seating. If you can’t find this exact wine, just drink wine in general. It’s cheap, it’s local and it’s a nice break from beer. 😉

5. Sweet Empanadas
Dolce de leche Empanada Cookies

Dolce de leche Empanada Cookies

If you follow my blog, you will know that I am obsessed with Porto’s Dolce De Leche Kisses !! Don’t know what those are? You better click that link and find out! But that is besides the point. This sweet empanadas are just like them, except a little bit lighter. I was so stocked to find these in a local bakery. Normally, a box of cookies from Portos costs about $5 but these sweet empanadas can be bought for about $2.50. Again, another food win. These are what I decided to bring back over the border with me as a reminder of my food travels in Baja Mexico. I would go back just for these… Maybe I will!

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