Breakfast in Ensenada: Starting the Day Out Right!
by Tom Gatch
Mounting medical evidence supports the long standing belief that breakfast is perhaps one of the most important meals when it comes to maintaining your strength and stamina throughout the day. And this is particularly important when you are about to embark upon a busy itinerary discovering the many sights, flavors and activities that are on hand while visiting the coast of Baja Norte.
Unlike the busy, cosmopolitan urban hub of Tijuana, the Mediterranean-like port city of Ensenada situated less than 80 miles further south offers a relaxed and picturesque environment in which to relax and enjoy a delicious and fortifying breakfast.
For those yearning for an authentic Mexican desayuno (breakfast), it is hard to beat Las Cazuelas (which means the casseroles or the pans). Conveniently located on Gral. Antonio Sangines just up the block from the Naval Base, this popular restaurant has long been a favorite of visitors and locals alike and features everything from huevos rancheros to chilaquiles, along with a few American style dishes.
A bit further into the business district at the corner of Espinoza and Calle 6, Asadero Las Parrillas regularly caters to the local business crowd with tasty, substantial meals that epitomize the very essence of la cocina Mexicana.
One of their breakfast specialties is Chilaquiles Bandera, which incorporates both red and green salsas to represent the colors of the Mexican flag. They also feature mouthwatering Chiles Rellenos prepared in the same style.
But for many, no matter where they actually happen to be, there is nothing quite like a hearty American style breakfast to get started out on the right foot. These folks will feel right at home when eating at Café Orleans on Avenida Costero about 5 blocks past the cruise ship terminal.
One look at their menu tells you why; chicken fried steak and eggs with biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, eggs Benedict made with your choice of ham or shrimp, not to mention the pork chop and eggs. But on the other side of the menu, there is also a list of popular Mexican breakfasts that are available as well.
If a hearty breakfast doesn’t happen to be on your agenda, you can always satisfy a craving for something sweet at Ensenada’s classic French restaurant, El Rey Sol, located on Adolfo López Mateos in the middle of the downtown tourist district. A cup or two of hot, gourmet coffee and one or two of their famous homemade pastries can easily hold you over until lunch time.
But when the weekend rolls around, few meals offer the satisfaction of a Sunday brunch, and one of the most picturesque places in the region to enjoy this type of treat is overlooking the links at the Bajamar Hotel & Oceanfront Golf Resort, about 20 minutes north of town. In addition to a selection of fresh fruits and desserts, the Bajamar buffet also features an array of hot dishes and omelets freshly made to order.
But for the biggest of appetites, the granddaddy of breakfast offerings has got to be the lavish Sunday brunch extravaganza that is presented weekly by the Hotel Coral & Marina that is situated at the edge of Ensenada’s Bahia de Todos Santos. Just beyond the eye-catching trays of fresh fruits, yogurts and cereals, a team of formally attired chefs stand ready to cook a custom-made omelet to your exact specifications. While you wait, you can ladle up a steaming bowl of savory menudo as you work your way down the food line past trays of saucy barbacoa de res, crispy carnitas as well as a variety of flavorful side dishes.
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Hooked on Baja’ author & columnist Tom Gatch is one of Baja’s foremost writers with a focus upon outdoor and recreational topics in Baja and southern California.
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