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Great restaurants in Puerto Peñasco! Part 1.

One questioned that is most asked is “where do we get great food” while we are in Rocky Point?  Years ago there were not that many restaurants, much less really good ones. Over the years that has changed and there are new ones opening constantly.  We have great seafood restaurants, Italian and Chinese restaurants.  Recently we had Empanada’s de Argentina open(located behind Capone’s)and currently opening is Cayena Bistro serving food from Venezula.  It is located on the way into the Old Port where Ramon’s use to be.  We have several Mexican resturants such as La Curva , which is one of the oldest in town and Lolitas,which is located on the road that leads to the Mirador area.  Most restaurants in Rocky Point serve freshly caught fish and shrimp and they are  served in many different styles.

Here you will find a list of the ones people love the most and telling you what they serve as well as to where they are located.  Trip Advisor rates most of these in the top 10 in Puerto Penasco with 4 1/2 -5 stars.  These are restaurants in the Old Port as well as Blvd Freemont. There are many more, but these are the ones most people talk about.

Shrimp in Rocky Point Mexico
by Beverly Arrowood

1)  Blue Marlin.  This restaurant started over 20 years ago as a smoked fish shop and over the years has evolved into a full scale restaurant.  One of his most popular items is the Coconut Shrimp which is served in a hollowed out coconut shell.  The creamy cilantro sauce is one of the best anywhere.  Want some great Baja style fish tacos for lunch?  Look no farther than the Blue Marlin which is located in the Old Port on the side street down from the Catholic church and Thrifty’s.  Here you will find a nice wine list as well.  The owners motto is “Welcome Home”.  Credit cards accepted.

The Satisfied Frog
Great food and great view.

2) The Satisfied Frog.  Yes this is the same Satisfied Frog from Cave Creek, AZ.  Here you find a diverse menu and they have daily “specials”.  They have wood fired pizza’s, BBQ ribs, Mexican food, fish and shrimp baskets.  They are best known for their Sunday Special which is a whole broasted Chicken for $12.00 and it is served family style complete with a big bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy and cole slaw. Here you will also find the only Strawberry short cake in town and it is served in a mason jar.  The burgers are also great and huge.  The Satisfied Frog is located at the end of the Malecon next to Vina Del Mar Hotel and sits right on the water. Credit cards accepted.

3)  Boo Bar.  Boo Bar  is located upstairs above the fish stalls.  Want a great hamburger or sliders,  or pizza, stop by this place.  Last year they added a large palapa covered patio which over looks the Sea of Cortez.  Here you can enjoy great food and cold beer all with a wonderful view.  Boo Bar probably has the best guacamole in Puerto Peñasco if anyone asks.  They are known for their fresh seafood. They also feature really good bands for your entertainment.  Boo Bar has the capability of handling large groups as well.  After you are done eating stop by their gift shop and pick up a Boo Bar flag or some of their great apparel. Credit cards accepted.

4)  Mary’s.  Mary’s has been known for it’s fresh seafood for years and is always consistent in quality.  Never have to feel bad about recommending them.

Great food, service and right on the water.
Great food, service and right on the water.

5)  Sr. Amigo’s.  Located on the right just as you enter the Malecon in the Old Port.  Great service and food.  Here you will find everything from fresh seafood to traditional Mexican dishes. Sr. Amigo’s has been around for many years and has a great following.  You will not be disappointed here. Dine upstairs or down and you are right on the water

6)  The Friendly Dolphin.  The oldest restaurant in the Old Port area  is the The Friendly Dolphin and features both Mexican cuisine as well as seafood.  It is located as you are coming out of the port across from Mercedes Rusticos.  If you are lucky enough you may even have the owner break out in a song.

 7)  Pane y Vino. Pane y Vino is owned by Chef Luca.  Fine dining here and you will find a great wine list to accompany your gourmet dinner.  They serve classic Italian, fresh seafood and great steaks.  After dinner, enjoy a decadent dessert while watching the city lights come on as  the sun sets. The food, service and view are really wonderful.

8)  Casa de Capitan is next to FISH and has Mexican food as well as seafood.  This is a great place to enjoy a margarita while watching the Rocky Point Sunsets.  This restaurant has been open for 24 years and going strong.

6)  Chef Mickey’s Place International Cuisine on Freemont.  This is indeed a fine dining restaurant and it is located on Blvd. Freemont just east of Sinaloa.  Known for the Tequila Shrimp, Pecan crusted fish and many other creative entrees.  The most popular appetizer are the stuffed dates. Mickey does a great job with the filet.  For that sweet tooth, try any of the home made desserts.  You will also find a nice selection of wines at this place.  No credit cards at this time.

Looking for a great breakfast check out these restaurants.

1)  Kaffee Haus although is not in the Old Port but is on your left as you are heading into the Old Port.  It has been open since 2004 and has been a success since the day they opened.  They are open for breakfast and lunch only.  Trip Advisor has them at 4 1/2 stars.  No matter what time of the day or what day, plan on a wait unless you are there when they open.  Best Chiliquilles anywhere and the burgers are excellent.  They also feature daily specials and are well know for their Apple Strudel with Whiskey sauce.  Here you can also buy several little bakery specialty type desserts.  NO Credit Cards.

Sports Bar and Restauant
Sports Bar and Restauant

2)  Latitude 31.  Along with great breakfasts here you can get a great meal any time of the day.  If you want a great Thanksgiving dinner and don’t want to cook at home, this is the place to go.  Always consistent food and service, serving American, Mexican and seafood.  Again, you will find something for everyone there.  Great place to catch sporting events. While you are there, check out the little gift store downstairs if you are looking for something from Mexico at reasonable prices and good quality. Also  a recipient of 4 1/2 stars and credit cards are accepted.

3)  Candy Cake.  This little place started as a bakery and cake maker.  They are known for their delicious cakes.  It is located near the baseball stadium.  A few years ago, they enlarged the bakery area and started serving breakfast.  It is a breakfast like you would find in the south of Mexico and full of flavor.  It is usually packed with both locals as well as our winter visitors.  Treat yourself and go by to have your taste buds treated.

4)  Pink Cadillac.  This restaurant has been open for years and is located in the Mirador area of Rocky Point.  Besides serving really good American diner style and Mexican breakfasts, they have daily features as well.  If you love liver and onions, then this is the place for you.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and also have a full bar.  A must place to try.

Great pizza, fresh fish and good drinks.
Great pizza, fresh fish and good drinks.

5)  Capone’s.  Although best known for their pizza, burgers and fresh fish, this is a place to go if you want the best eggs benedict around.  They have about 10 different types and all come with beautifully fired potatoes and great refried beans that are served in a little tortilla cup.  They also have a traditional breakfast menu.  They usually have a nightly feature and many times is a fresh from the boat fish and they have a great clam bucket.  Full bar here and credit cards are accepted.  If you are planning on going on a weekend, get there early as it seems to be a meeting place for old friends and families.

6)  MicMickey’s Burger Bistro.  Chef Mickey opened MicMickey’s the spring of 2017 for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  If you are wanting a huge burger with green chili, this is the place to go.  It comes with a whole Hatch style green chili, cheese, grilled onions and fries.  It is one of the best around.  You can get both American food as well as Mexican specialties.  They serve an outstanding fish basket as well as a shrimp basket and also fresh made sweets.  There is something for everyone.  Good food, good prices and good service will keep you going back.  There is outside seating on the patio as well as inside and it can accommodate business groups.  NO credit cards.

Chili en Nogada

What a great way to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.
What a great way to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.

7)  Don Julio’s. It is located on Blvd Freemont just past Sinaloa on the right.  It is a  Hacienda style building  with large sculptures out front.  Their menu is traditional Mexican and it is very good.  They also have a Mexican buffet as well as a full bar.  There is also an out door patio to have a drink on. Not sure if they accept credit cards.

8) Bryan’s Sports Bar. Located on Blvd. Freemont in the plaza on the right before you head to Las Conchas.  Another super place to catch those sporting events.  They have nightly specials from wings to sliders to prime rib.  You won’t be disappointed in the food.  Bright and cheer sports bar décor.  Give them a try.

These places will  keep you busy trying out new things and meeting new people. In Part 2 of dining out we will touch on everything from Calle 13 to Sandy Beach.  So watch for it coming soon.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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