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La Cocina de Doña Esthela

Señor Sabrosisimo has fond childhood memories of going to visit family members who lived on farms in the country.  A visit to La Cocina de Doña Esthela (Lady Esthela's Kitchen) brings back those memories.

Imagine that you have an aunt who lives on a small ranch in the Valle de Guadalupe and, of course, she's an excellent cook.  Her food is not what you would find in a fancy restaurant, it is wholesome food made and served with pride and love.  On Thursday-Sunday they feature lamb that is roasted in a handmade wood-fired oven.

La Cocina de Doña Esthela is a small restaurant built onto the side of the home of Esthela.  The surroundings are clean, though un-pretentious.  Her food is excellent and she and the others there could not have been more welcoming or attentive.  She asked if we wanted chili with our meal, we said yes, and she sent a helper into the garden to pick some fresh chilis for us to enjoy.  You can't get better freshness than that.  The tortillas she served with our dinner were made as we were eating them.  Hot and fresh from the comal (griddle) and the size of a dinner plate!

If you are wanting white linens and haute cuisine, you may want to pass but, trust me, you will be missing out on a great meal and rich cultural  experience.

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Corn tortillas made while we ate


Shredded wood-roasted lamb - Borrego Tatemado with birria broth on the side


Handmade oven in the dining room for roasting and baking 


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Baja Burgers

In the corner of Plaza Milenio in Tijuana, just off Boulevar Agua Caliente you will find Baja Burgers and their excellent burgers and fries.  That is almost the entire menu, and rest assured, they do it very well.


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