There are a number of places to dine in Rosarito Beach that are located on the ocean side of Benito Juarez Boulevard, the town’s main north-south street. Some of these are frequented by the locals and the American ex-patriates who know a good thing when they see and taste it. Los Pelicanos (The Pelicans) is one of Rosarito’s hidden dining treasures.
There are several businesses located on the property, which is right next to the miles of light-tan beaches that Mexico is known for. One of these is the Los Pelicanos Hotel equipped with a small pool and seating area for a quick dip and tan. A small day spa is located on the site as well. The best reason to come here is the Los Pelicanos Restaurant.
You have two seating choices here; an inside dining area with lots of glass windows and a cozy atmosphere. The better choice, when the weather is good, is the outside patio. This area is accessible by wheel chair via an outside ramp.
The outside dining area is done with a nod to the strong Mexican sun. Plexiglass panels moderate the breezes coming of the ocean without impeding the view. Canopies are arranged to protect the diners.
The restaurant has an extensive menu to choose from with both Spanish and English descriptions. I had my usual machaca. I often order machaca as it is available at most Mexican restaurants and serves as a good indicator of the quality of the food and the cookstaff’s ability to prepare it.
Service is impeccable. I do not think it is possible to empty a coffee mug before one of the many waiters is by your side ready to pour you a refill. The quality of the food is excellent.
I am happy to report that Los Pelicanos does an excellent machaca. The eggs were done without being over or undercooked and the tomatoes, peppers and onions were cooked evenly as well. The carne (meat) was still tender without being dry or chewy – all in all, a dish done well.
Along with the machaca came breakfast potatoes done in a different style. Rather than being hash browned or diced, they had been turned into a round potato pancake. It was a nice touch and complimented the refried beans.
The tortillas were flour, well-cooked and almost too hot to pick up when they first arrived. I suspect that they came off the grille, folded and put into the basket while the rest of the breakfast was being plated. Breakfast, with coffee, runs about $10.
I strongly suggest that you come to Los Pelicanos for breakfast. When I have a chance, I’ll be trying it out for lunch or dinner.
Los Pelicanos is located on Calle Cedros #115, in Rosarito Beach. The restaurant’s number is 661 612 1757, from the US dial 619 780 8741, firstname.lastname@example.org. And … tell them Phil and Will sent you.
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