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    Normal life in Tijuana

    I did see Tabule. I have big chunks of blue fin tuna in my freezer just waiting for the right occasions and good companies.

    The coffee place was closed with chairs stacked on tables. Pretty sad really.

    I think Tijuana outside of La Zona Norte is very nice, slow, relaxed, safe, civilized and cheap, a nice place to live in with or without the pretty chicas. Looks like you moved to Tijuana. Would appreciate you write up more about normal life in Tijuana.

    Quote Originally Posted by Artisttyp  [View Original Post]
    Thanks for the review. It was on my list.

    If you look across the street you will see a two level restaurant called TABULE. They have a very good Tuna Steak there. It overlooks the golf course.

    Up the block from Erizo is a good coffee / pastry cafe that sells decent homemade cakes. I forget the name of it but you will see a terrace with tables.

  2. #182
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainSolo  [View Original Post]
    Had an appointment at 5 PM on Friday. Got there on California time but found Tijuana does not follow DLST, still 1 hour ahead, and the office was closed. Damn. All my times reported here in the Fall and Winter time should add 1 hour for normal Tijuana time.

    What to do at 6 PM in La Zona Rio before heading to La Zona Norte to party with young, nubile chicas? I was 5 miles South on Agua Caliente so turned on the GPS device to find Erizo Mariscos. The GPS did not recognize the address and zip code numbers, but took me about 5 miles South on AC then turned West on Ave Sonora, past La Zona Gastronomica, and stopped me right in front of Erizo. Pretty damn impressive. I can now travel all over Mexico and never get lost hehe.

    It was Friday dinner time but la Zona Gastro was deserted, restaurants empty with chairs stacked on tables. Erizo is a small, cozy, nice, clean place on a nice, clean, quiet side street, with about 15 diners, all Mexicans. The wait staff apparently sees very few gringos so did not know how to deal with them. It took 15 minutes before they brought out a kitchen helper who could speak a few words of English.

    I ordered a beer and their special drink "Cuban" with a shellfish consome and the Green Mean Machine (unofficial US Army's name), Verda Cammaron, recommended by Street Gourmet LA, which is chopped shrimp marinaded in a spicy, herb vinaigrette. The food is fresh and OK, but bland and nothing special. Costed me only 180 pesos (about $10) before tip.

    Erizo is a long drive from La Zona, not worth the trip. LOS Arcos is 2 short blocks East. The old menu in Las Perla had some much tastier seafood dishes, and it's right in the middle of La Zona with these pretty, flirty, sexy young girls, so what not to like? Someone just have to put out contracts on their noisy brass bands so we can enjoy the food in peace. The new menu has only half of the dishes as before. La Perla is now doing only about 20% business volume.

    One of my favorite places is the hugely-popular Tacos Mariscos on OCampo near Calle 6 where they grill dozen large sea basses out front. That place makes some very tasty cocktails and ceviche with large portions and lower prices, not to mention their special whole grilled fish. Of course Las Pampas' AYCE grilled meat and seafood for $11 is a great deal.

    Outside of La Zona Norte, Tijuana is pretty quiet and peaceful with a slow, relaxed pace of life, very tasty food and hot chicas Tijuana is the perfect paradise to live and hang out.
    Thanks for the review. It was on my list.

    If you look across the street you will see a two level restaurant called TABULE. They have a very good Tuna Steak there. It overlooks the golf course.

    Up the block from Erizo is a good coffee / pastry cafe that sells decent homemade cakes. I forget the name of it but you will see a terrace with tables.

  3. #181

    Erizo Mariscos on Ave Sonora 3880 in Zona Gastronomica

    Had an appointment at 5 PM on Friday. Got there on California time but found Tijuana does not follow DLST, still 1 hour ahead, and the office was closed. Damn. All my times reported here in the Fall and Winter time should add 1 hour for normal Tijuana time.

    What to do at 6 PM in La Zona Rio before heading to La Zona Norte to party with young, nubile chicas? I was 5 miles South on Agua Caliente so turned on the GPS device to find Erizo Mariscos. The GPS did not recognize the address and zip code numbers, but took me about 5 miles South on AC then turned West on Ave Sonora, past La Zona Gastronomica, and stopped me right in front of Erizo. Pretty damn impressive. I can now travel all over Mexico and never get lost hehe.

    It was Friday dinner time but la Zona Gastro was deserted, restaurants empty with chairs stacked on tables. Erizo is a small, cozy, nice, clean place on a nice, clean, quiet side street, with about 15 diners, all Mexicans. The wait staff apparently sees very few gringos so did not know how to deal with them. It took 15 minutes before they brought out a kitchen helper who could speak a few words of English.

    I ordered a beer and their special drink "Cuban" with a shellfish consome and the Green Mean Machine (unofficial US Army's name), Verda Cammaron, recommended by Street Gourmet LA, which is chopped shrimp marinaded in a spicy, herb vinaigrette. The food is fresh and OK, but bland and nothing special. Costed me only 180 pesos (about $10) before tip.

    Erizo is a long drive from La Zona, not worth the trip. LOS Arcos is 2 short blocks East. The old menu in Las Perla had some much tastier seafood dishes, and it's right in the middle of La Zona with these pretty, flirty, sexy young girls, so what not to like? Someone just have to put out contracts on their noisy brass bands so we can enjoy the food in peace. The new menu has only half of the dishes as before. La Perla is now doing only about 20% business volume.

    One of my favorite places is the hugely-popular Tacos Mariscos on OCampo near Calle 6 where they grill dozen large sea basses out front. That place makes some very tasty cocktails and ceviche with large portions and lower prices, not to mention their special whole grilled fish. Of course Las Pampas' AYCE grilled meat and seafood for $11 is a great deal.

    Outside of La Zona Norte, Tijuana is pretty quiet and peaceful with a slow, relaxed pace of life, very tasty food and hot chicas Tijuana is the perfect paradise to live and hang out.

  4. #180

    Las Pampas

    Saturday 4 PM sunny and warm I had the car fixed, lots of food and and beers in HK, 2 rolls in bed with La Zona's day time beauties, so was heading home. But the border return traffic was congested way back at Benito Juarez. Decided to spend a beautiful and warm afternoon in Tijuana, finding that Eriza mariscos and Las Pampas to splurge rather than wasting time at the border.

    There are many similar street names in zonas in Tijuana. So in the GPS you have to select which streets in which zona and which zip codes, or the GPS could take you far to the wrong locations. It led me south on Ave des Heroes in Zona Rio, a very nice, clean, leafy part of town with many upscale restaurants and clubs. It turned West on Gen Rodriguez and quickly found Las Pampas.

    Left the car to valet. There were families with about 20 people waiting in front, not for tables but to pick up their cars. The place was packed at 4 PM, but I got my table out front in the open veranda after 10 minutes.

    Their salad bar was above average, including a big Italian ham with shaved prosciutto, no sushi but a few plates of California rolls. The meats are above average. The big chunks of sirloin were tender and tasty, but the strips of filet mignon were dry and tasteless. The octopus grilled with star anise was very good, reminding me of the islands in Greece. Churrascarias in So Cal and Brazil would have dozens of sauces and condiments for guest, but Pampas only offers salt, pepper, red and green salsas.

    Dinner costed total 475 pesos or $26 including tip and a 100-peso glass of wine. Pampas has no wine list, only a few choices. Its 400-peso per bottle private label wine was below average. Morton's in Socal serves better steaks with much better wines for about 2 x Tijuana prices.

    Tijuana is sunny, dry, warm, a very nice place to spend weekends for good food and good, fun, sexy companies of chicas. It feels safer and more peaceful outside of La Zona Norte. I told my friends on the East Coast to stop flying to DR and head for San Diego / Tijuana every chance they have.

  5. #179
    Quote Originally Posted by Travv  [View Original Post]
    I got there just as it opened for lunch before leaving for San Diego, so easy to park and no waiting and plenty of tables. Recommended it yesterday to a group I met at Phil's BBQ. But I would not eat there then go to Zona Norte as you will be unable to walk, fit in your pants, or do anything but sleep due to being stuffed with so much BBQ like a bloated lizard! Love using the garlic bread to make steak sandwiches. So Zona Norte first then the buffet if you want to party.
    Just to inject a bit of anal retentive pedantry, the name is Mr. Pampas. For the directionally challenged, one of the easiest ways to get there is to take Calle 8 (the one in front of Ticuan) east until it dead ends. That's Sanchez Taboada. Turn right and keep straight for maybe a mile or so. It'll be on the right, on the corner of Sanchez Taboada and Abelardo Rodriguez. During rush hour it might take 15 or 20 minutes.

    And yes, it's far too easy to overeat to an extreme degree.

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  7. #177

    Las Pampas Brazilian Steak Buffet

    I got there just as it opened for lunch before leaving for San Diego, so easy to park and no waiting and plenty of tables. Recommended it yesterday to a group I met at Phil's BBQ. But I would not eat there then go to Zona Norte as you will be unable to walk, fit in your pants, or do anything but sleep due to being stuffed with so much BBQ like a bloated lizard! Love using the garlic bread to make steak sandwiches. So Zona Norte first then the buffet if you want to party.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hargow20  [View Original Post]
    I visited Pamapa's last year. Nice place, but it's to noisy for me. Reminds me of 3 alarm fire drill.

  8. #176
    I visited Pamapa's last year. Nice place, but it's to noisy for me. Reminds me of 3 alarm fire drill.

    Quote Originally Posted by ScatManDoo  [View Original Post]
    Well Travv,

    It seems as if you had no trouble finding and enjoying Pampas. Perhaps because you didn't try to change the restaurant's name? Pampas is great, but be sure to make reservations at peak times to avoid possibly waiting in line for a table. https://www.opentable.com/pampas-tijuana.

    Can't understand why finding Erizo was difficult. It is located two half-blocks from the Grand Hotel Towers and just across from the Tijuana Country Club. Easy to find using google maps. https://www.facebook.com/ErizoBaja.

  9. #175
    Quote Originally Posted by Travv  [View Original Post]
    Heard someone talking about the Las Pampas steak buffet in Zona Rio so I decided to try it for lunch. Took about 15 minutes of driving through heavy traffic before pulling into the parking lot on Sanchez Taboada where it is located to arrive a little after noon. A large soup and salad bar is in the center of the restaurant and after my waiter seated me, I began filling up a plate with a guacamole tostada, Caesar salad with romaine lettuce, cobb salad with hard boiled eggs and chips and salsa. There is a signal on your table: green means bring meat and red means stop. I flipped it to green and the waiters began bringing marinated beef steaks and tender prime rib chunks to my table along with garlic bread, which I used to make steak sandwiches. After 1 more trip to the salad bar for sushi and beef and vegetable soup, I was stuffed, even though there was more salads and desserts that I had room to try. Around $300 pesos for the buffet plus 80 pesos for the drinks I ordered. Left a tip of about 80 pesos for the good service by the waiters who cut the meat off the barby sticks to your order at your table. Recommended.
    Well Travv,

    It seems as if you had no trouble finding and enjoying Pampas. Perhaps because you didn't try to change the restaurant's name? Pampas is great, but be sure to make reservations at peak times to avoid possibly waiting in line for a table. https://www.opentable.com/pampas-tijuana.

    Can't understand why finding Erizo was difficult. It is located two half-blocks from the Grand Hotel Towers and just across from the Tijuana Country Club. Easy to find using google maps. https://www.facebook.com/ErizoBaja.

  10. #174

    A total failure in traffic

    Was in El Centro Tijuana Friday PM for some business. Decided to find Erizo and Sr Pampas for dinner.

    Don't plan to drive in Tijuana Friday afternoon. Traffic was horrendous. There were lots of cars on the streets with California plates, that would block intersections into gridlocks. I was inching along with an ambulance wailing its siren behind me, while some guys were potentially bleeding to death waiting for them, and drivers were blowing their horns in frustration like it would help speed up traffic. Tijuana drivers with CA plates are very rude and selfish.

    My GPS device recognized the address for Erizo Mariscos, but brought me to behind the Cinemapolis mall. There is a food court in the mall but could not find Erizo anywhere nearby. Had a pretty good coctel de camaron for 140 pesos, equivalent to a 50-peso cup in La Zona, then set out to find Sr. Pampas.

    The address for Sr. Pampas was incorrect; GPS did not have it. I was inching again in traffic in frustration back to La Zona Norte. Will have to try again with UBER or taxi.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainSolo  [View Original Post]
    This seafood restaurant looks fantastic and cheap, ceviches 50- 90 pesos. It's near Agua Caliente, a few blocks South of Costco.

    https://www.facebook.com/ErizoBaja/

    http://menu.mx/v2/Erizo_Baja_Fish_Ho...Espanol/NYB53W

    http://www.streetgourmetla.com/2010/...p-ceviche.html

    I would program all important Tijuana address in my GPS device so it won't forget.

  11. #173

    Senor Pampas Churrasacria Lunch 150 dinner 210 pesos weekdays

    The seafood dishes look great, but I would still like to have some meat along with them.

    Sr Pampas has lunch for 150 and dinner for 210 pesos, all you can eat beef, veal, chicken, some grill tuna and shrimp. This is a good deal.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sr-Pa...24751784385564

  12. #172

    Erizo Fish House and Market, Ave. Sonora 3808, Tijuana, BC

    This seafood restaurant looks fantastic and cheap, ceviches 50- 90 pesos. It's near Agua Caliente, a few blocks South of Costco.

    https://www.facebook.com/ErizoBaja/

    http://menu.mx/v2/Erizo_Baja_Fish_Ho...Espanol/NYB53W

    http://www.streetgourmetla.com/2010/...p-ceviche.html

    I would program all important Tijuana address in my GPS device so it won't forget.

  13. #171

    Taqueria in Escondido

    Ceviche is the right word for that cocktail of raw seafood in lime juice and hot pepper. The Mexicans call it Coctel.

    This place is next to I 15, exit 17th street in Escondido.

    Good suggestion. I will have to stop buy on the way down to try it out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Member#2041  [View Original Post]
    Actually, there is a new taco place that just opened in Escondido on Center City parkway called La Tacqueria San Diego last week that makes a great ceviche, as well as the most authentic Mexican food I have tasted in San Diego.

  14. #170
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainSolo  [View Original Post]
    The good mariscos cart is diagonal from the Adelita store, on the South East corner.

    What city are you in?

    The Mexican mariscos or seafood restaurants in South California just don't have the fresh sea food like what you find in Tijuana or Ensenada. Their seafood cocktails are all cooked, nothing raw and fresh due to lack of fresh ingredients.

    Alleged live clams in US seafood stores or super markets are all dead or half dead with foul odors. There are Mexican guys who drive truck loads of fresh seafood from Ensenada to So Cal every day.
    Actually, there is a new taco place that just opened in Escondido on Center City parkway called La Tacqueria San Diego last week that makes a great ceviche, as well as the most authentic Mexican food I have tasted in San Diego.

  15. #169

    Live seafood market

    The good mariscos cart is diagonal from the Adelita store, on the South East corner.

    What city are you in?

    The Mexican mariscos or seafood restaurants in South California just don't have the fresh sea food like what you find in Tijuana or Ensenada. Their seafood cocktails are all cooked, nothing raw and fresh due to lack of fresh ingredients.

    Alleged live clams in US seafood stores or super markets are all dead or half dead with foul odors. There are Mexican guys who drive truck loads of fresh seafood from Ensenada to So Cal every day.

    Quote Originally Posted by WindAngel  [View Original Post]
    Man,

    I miss Mexican food! I have been going out the last couple of days looking for street vendors and trying them out but they are just not as good. I will keep looking.

    Is that the mariscos cart near the Adelita store corner? The old man is very friendly, and I really enjoy it.

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