Where to Eat : Rosarito

Welcome to our first edition of Where to Eat. As many of you may know, I love to eat and can be somewhat weird with my food. I was dubbed the Food Separator and they even made up a song that goes to Sade’s “Smooth Operator” (Can you hear it now? Fooood Sepa-ratoooor! Foooood Sepa-ray-toorr!) Thank you to my dear husband and friends Alan and Victor for that. So, for our first location to share we chose Rosarito. Why? Because we were just there the other day and felt we had to share our experience.

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Full disclosure – I’m not a chef and I’m not a food critic. Just want to share the places I like to eat. Also, I have no food allergy (that I know of) and eat all sorts of meat, gluten, salts and fats. Obvi, that I’m not the healthiest person but also, I’m not deep frying butter and covering it in chocolate. GROSS. Why Del Mar Fair? Why? (Side note- I will never call it San Diego County Fair. It will forever be Del Mar Fair to me.

If you’re ever in Rosarito and want to know Where to Eat, try El Nido Steakhouse. It’s about 40 minutes away from the border and you won’t miss it. It’s covered in giant wooden wheels and tropical plants.

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Decor: 5/5

The decor was my favorite part and worth a trip for the vibe alone! Had a very rustic ranch feel to it and there is something to look at in every corner. The front dining room and back patio have beautiful lava rock water features that are covered in delicate elephant ears complete with ponds that house fish and turtles. You can watch your tortillas cooking through the large circular tempered-glass windows in the huge chimney-looking grill. A huge thirteen year-old grapevine growing from the ground intertwining through ceiling of the back patio. There’s even a secret small chapel that we got to see. Señor Perez did most of the decor himself and can often be found moving things around during the day.

Secret chapel (capilla) inside restaurant.

Food: 4/5

I had been on a rolled taco kick and ordered some for lunch. It was a plate of four rolled taquitos topped with lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and cheese served with beans and rice. Pretty standard tasting except those handmade-from-scratch tortillas. Seth ordered huevos rancheros and was very happy, he was especially happy about the free coffee refills.

Service: 5/5

The service was excellent. We were greeted with a friendly welcoming smile and were seated within seconds of walking in. Our server was helpful and pleasant.

Congratulations to owner Guadalupe Perez and his team! This place has been around for years, in fact, they just celebrated their 46th anniversary last weekend. (If you want to know the secret to their success it’s hard work, Señor Perez is there everyday to run the daily operations bright and early at 6am.)

Will I return? Yessir.

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