The long awaited opening of the newest restaurant in Puerto Peñasco is nearly here. Be prepared to have your taste buds get really happy. GARUFA will formally open their doors in PUERTOPENASCO on October 5th. This upscale chain restaurant is one of 19 GARAFU restaurants thro0ught Mexico. However, this is the 1st one to be built in northern Mexico and the 1st one in a tourist/beach town.
Their menu is fantastic and includes some of the best cuts of steak around, fresh seafood and the ever popular Argentinian Empanada. There is something for everyone! They will feature wines from the Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico as well as from other areas including California. Besides being known for outstanding beef, their deserts are to die for.
GARUFA will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Their hours are Sunday – Thursday, 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 1:00 pm to 11:pm. The bar will be open until midnight.
Back in the 1980’s there were not a lot of hot spots to go to in Puerto Peñasco. There was JJ’s in Cholla Bay and Manny’s Beach Club in the Mirador area. Manny catered in those days to the upper and middle class people and their first stop upon arriving in Rocky Point was Manny’s Beach Club. Many friendships were made there over the years to the mainly 35 and over crowd. You sat at long tables with cement stools and you always made new friends each time you were there. The first few years that we came down, he had 50 cent Margarita’s and 75 cent ice cold beers. He served really good Mexican dishes and Bloody Mary’s at breakfast and soon was known for his food as well.
Over time he put in an outside bar and BBQ area as well as a band stand (that most of us did not like) as it blocked the beautiful sunsets. But after a few drinks we forgot about the sunsets and just enjoyed meeting up with our friends, many of who all stay in touch with each other. For a number of year’s the Chili Cook Off was held in front of Manny’s and grew to the point that the chefs set up all the way to the end of the RV Park next door. It was ranked by Terilinga. You could always volunteer to be a judge and for doing so given free beer.
Manny’s moto was NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO PROBLEM and soon he was selling everything from coffee mugs, bumper stickers, license plates, apparel and more and no matter where you were in the Phoenix or Tucson area you would run into someone wearing his shirts. He was indeed a promoter not only of his business but of Puerto Peñasco as well.
At Spring Break the he catered to the young people. He also found that many Americans who came for Thanksgiving would bring their whole families over to his place after Thanksgiving to relax and listen to music and dance until the wee hours of the mornings.
Then the economy in the USA took a nose dive in the 2007 time frame and many places closed as did Manny’s. So it sat their, vacant, but sometimes be he would open for a spring break , but that was not enough steady business to keep that many people on the payroll.
Fast forward to 2018. Manny’s will once again be open full time as a result of a partnership between the owners of Tekila Bar and Manny. May 25th was the re-grand opening of this once famous place. The new group has been busy tearing down to old palapa’s (palm branch shade covers and cleaning up. Shanya Sargent and Jorge Gaona and Jerry Gaona, owners of the Tequila Bar and Shark Bite have done a great job creating a new drink menu as well as limited breakfast menu. They also have the little hotel rooms for rent. We wish them all great success in bring back the Mirador area, which also consists of Baja Cantina and The Pink Cadillac, Capones, Pitahaya and Playa del Oro RV Park (where at one time there were 7 RV Parks), just on that one road.
Amongst other new places is Boulevard 301 on Benito Juarez. They are doing a great job with authentic Mexican style breakfast and lunch. They do have a couple of American breakfast and lunch items on the menu as well. It is a bright and cheery place with very good service. It is located just south of Pollo Lucas by the railroad tracks.
The next newcomer is La Cocina De Dona Rosa. A cute little place on Sonora Blvd, next to what use to be Salmo’s. Javier Carrera and his wife Linda are making some really great authentic Mexican dishes. They also offer home or work delivery. You can call ahead to 638-386-1660. Stop by and try them and help support local business.
In our previous food blog we covered the restaurants and bars in Rocky Point on the Malecon (Old Port area). In this one we will cover the places in town and Sandy Beach. Besides the ones mentioned you can find Taco places all over town so if you are looking for something unique, ask and you will be given another list.
Let’s start in City Central.
Pollo Lucas: This chicken place is right on Benito Juarez and is known for what else but Sonoran style roasted chicken. It is probably been around the longest and is located about 3 blocks north of Calle 13 by the railroad tracks. Both tourists and locals alike go here and they are open for lunch and at night. Eat in or take it to your condo or home.
Tacos Pablano’s: The original is located near the Catholic Church on Simon Morua. They do the tacos on the spit and are both hot in heat as well as flavor, but they will keep you coming back for more. There are several with the same name but this seems to be the original, so stop on by. Eat outside or indoors. Reasonable prices for the quality of the food.
Tacos Brisas: Located in Sinaloa north of Sonora on the left. They have a variety of things to choose from and all are delicious. Here you order and they will bring it to your table along with the relish tray and salsas. Great food at reasonable prices.
Southside Jillz: Located on Calle 13 just before the Peñasco del Sol Hotel. Jill and her staff are very service oriented along with wanting to serve really good food. She is known for her 2 for Tuesday Specials as well as her Sunday Ribs. Everything on the menu is good, but these are 2 of what she is known for. Last year they won 1st Place in the Taste of Peñasco for the ribs and it was the 1st time she had ever entered. Here you can sit inside or out on the patio and play Horse Shoe or Corn Hole or any other games they have going on.
Max’s: Located across for the Peñasco del Sol Hotel. here you will find great breakfasts and lunch. They also have nightly Specials and pizzas. The owners of Max’s also have Bryan’s out on Blvd. Freemont and the Sonoran Grill at the Sonoran Spa. Both also feature weekly specials.
Frenchy’s: They are relatively new having opened just a couple of years ago. Sport bar atmosphere along with some hints of food from Canada. They are open all day and almost every day. Want to watch a sports game, they have enough TV’s for you to not miss anything. They are located on Plutarco Elias Calle and the intersection heading to Sandy Beach. Look for the Canadian flags flying on the right.
Puesta del Sol: They are located in the Playa Bonita Hotel and feature a really good Sunday Brunch Buffett. The restaurant and bar have been around for a long time and many of the servers have been with them since they opened 30 years ago. Food is Mexican fare as well as fresh fish and shrimp. They have a nightly Happy Hour with music by Rigo (who has also played there forever). Here you can enjoy cocktails and dinner right on the beach and take in the Rocky Point sunsets. They have the facilities for weddings or large parties as well as do catering. Credit cards accepted.
El Tapeo: Located in the Laos Mar Hotel, here you find a large selection of wines and craft beer from the Valley de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Mexicali and Tijuana. They serve small plates and platters the include cheese from the same region as the wines. Thursday night is Paella Night, so if you love Paella, this is the place to go. They open at 5:00 pm and credit cards are accepted. Check out their FaceBook page so that you can plan a trip around one of the Wine and Beer festivals they have.
Collins Cantina: Collin’s is located in the Princesa Resort. Known for their Taco Tuesday. BBQ short rib tacos for $1.50 each. They also have a 2 for 1 hamburger special on Mondays. They start serving at 3:00 p.m. until they are gone. Closed on Wednesday. If you are staying on Sandy Beach this is a good place to go for breakfast. Good service as well as food.
Sonoran Grill at the Sonoran Spa offers nightly specials and is only open late afternoon into the evening. They have the only fresh pizza on Sandy Beach. Nightly specials are Monday (Surf and Turf Kebabs), Thursday (Gourmet Burgers) Friday (Rib Dinner), Saturday (Prime Rib Dinner) and Sunday (Chicken, Steak or Shrimp Fajitas).
Banditos:Best known for their live bands that play there, they offer American style food as well as a couple of Mexican dishes. Sit inside or out and enjoy the nice weather and drinks. Banditos is located at the entrance between the Sonoran SPA and Sonoran SUN.
Chango’s: They are located across from Banditos and is a bar/restaurant. Serving bar type food.
Mare Blu Ristorante: Located at the mouth of what will be the home port. Quality food and service makes this a special place to dine. Known for the filets, Italian fare as well as fresh seafood. Mar Blu will not disappoint you in the food or service. It has a good wine selection where you can enjoy the wine on the Sea of Cortes view patio or go inside for a more elegant dining atmosphere. They also cater events and can seat large groups.
Sally’s Café in Cholla serves up good breakfasts, lunch and early dinner. Word has it they do a very good pizza.
Cholla Bay Oyster Company. Serving oysters several different ways along with fresh clams, shrimp and fish. Relaxing atmosphere and good food.
There are so many places to choose rom in Rocky Point, go to different ones every time you are here.
With months pf planning this wonderful what was to be an outdoor event on the beach, was not going to happen at least on the beach. The committee along with half the city had been watching both WINDYTY.COM and WEATHERUNDERGOUND.COM to keep up on the massive storm that was about to hit not only Southern California but the Baja of California as well as Puerto Peñasco. So on Friday afternoon February 17th the committee decided to move the event inside the Hotel Penasco del Sol Hotel. This was not an easy task, but when you live here you learn to adapt and go with the flow so to speak. There we found ourselves moving tables into place to make certain everyone had space and utilizing every salon along with foyer and hallway leading into the what quickly became a convention like setting. Tape measures in hand Jonni Francis, John Fowler, Cinthy Aguirado, Sarina Brown and Beverly Arrowood set out to mark the tables for both the regular competition as well as the tables for the salsa contest.
It could not have turned out better. Every RV park, Playa Bonita, The Reef and Playa del Oro, as well as the dry camping area near Playa Bonita was packed to capacity. The group became very nervous that if they got the rain, it said we were going to get, that no one would come out. WRONG! When you are in an RV and it is raining, you can’t go to the beach and sit in the sun.. so where did they go… you guessed it, The Taste of Penasco. The doors opened at noon and there was already a long line formed despite being sprinkled on.
Although not officially on the committee, my job was to gather volunteers for the event and because we have a need for a lot of volunteers for Bike Week registration, I already had a built in list for the team. Everyone was on board ( all 28 of them) and they were so excited to be a part of it. Many of them live in Las Conchas, so if you have ever been in Puerto Peñasco when it rains, you know those roads are almost impassable. These folks are troopers as the worried about getting home after the event.
Little did anyone know how large this event was going to be! As guests began filing in, it soon became apparent that we were breaking all records for the Taste of Penasco. The event drew a crowd of 1,400 and they came from all over. Those from Washington and Oregon felt right at home even though they had not counted on the rain. Everyone was prepared with umbrellas and in some cases had on rain jackets an boots.
The Chef’s are to be commended as they had to unload all of the food and equipment in the rain and then try to look nice as they greeted everyone. The setting was beautiful with the clouds, rain and the beach. No one complained about the weather or not having a lot of room to move and sit. If they had a table, they got to make new friends, after all that is what a festival is all about. The vendors from the Mermaid Market also had to contend with unloading in the rain, but they made the best of it and did a great job.
Tickets sales for food and drink were brisk and exceeded all expectations. The hotel even ran out of red wine for awhile. Raffle tickets were selling well as there were over 120 gift certificates and physical items to take home. The music was great and people were dancing where ever they could find space to dance. Joshua Ellis started the music off at noon and was followed by Heber and Vania (that lady can really sing). then came Los Hijos de Mauricio and lastly Los Ponchos who played a lot of oldies so many were doing the twist.
Certain the waiters had a hard time delivering the samples to be judged as they had to hoof it from the convention site around the pool and then into the restaurant, where the 5 judges had been waiting. It did start to sprinkle again as this process was going on.
Each and every chef really out did themselves both in taste and presentation but right down to decorating their booths. This was the 1st time for the Salsa Competition and there were 8 entries. Taking 1st Place was Sr. Amigo’s and 2nd Place went to El Tapeo (this was their first time entering The Taste of Penasco).
In the main judging, 1st Place went to Southside Jillz, 2n Place went to Mare Blu and 3rd Place went to another newcomer Empanadas La Argentina.
Thanks to the judges for their hard work and they were Max McBride, Chef at Sonoran Grill, Chef Julio, Personal Chef at Julio’s Healthy Meals, Chef Andrea Smith a Personal Chef, Jack Ava and Bill Bailey, Guest Judge.
This was a great way to show off what Puerto Peñasco has to offer. Think we may just pray for rain next year as well! Through so much effort on the behalf of the committee, the restaurants, the community, the tourists and winter visitors and the tireless work of the volunteers $6,000.00 was made and divided between the charities.
Well done Puerto Peñasco.. well done. Enjoy some of the pictures and the Taste of Penasco 2018 will be waiting for you.
This morning I had the chance to visit with Juan Gama and his cousin Angelica Chapa who opened GREEN POINTJanuary 25th of 2016. Juan who is from Monterrey, Mexico came to Puerto Peñasco team up with his cousin to open this store. Juan has been a Certified Health Coach for over 2 years and has his degree from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition in New York City. Angelica is a Registered Dietician, so putting this store together was a perfect match for them. He has been what we would call a Personal Trainer but now feels the need to expand to many people.
Together they will be putting together workshops and doing lectures on how to eat healthy and be diet conscious. We talked about the fact that if they would have just started teaching classes, people would have had the excuse that there was no place here to buy the products to complete a successful program. So by opening the store first, no one has an excuse not to get a program designed to help them meet their goals.
We talked about the fact that here in Puerto Peñasco, most people do not eat healthy foods. Diabetes is very high here as in many other parts of Mexico and the world. In the morning you see the construction workers buying their huge bottle of COKE (sugar laden) candy bars and other sweet carbohydrate loaded foods rather than natural fruits and juices. The goal is simply to retrain the thought process of people to eat better and live longer healthier lives.
I was intrigued as I walked around the little shop to see that they have virtually everything that we need to make our juicing diet a success. I found their prices to be very good for every item and they certainly have hard to find items like GoJi Berries, Moringa, Green Tea, natural whole oats (which I had never seen), many natural grains such as Flax seeds, Quinoa, raw Honey, natural Nutella, organic Cacao from Chiapas, Maca, Chia seeds and so much more. For those who are taking natural things to fight cancer, they also have Tumeric and several other herbs. They also sell Agua de Coco or Coconut Water. Now you can also find all natural Gluten Free Flour for your baking needs.
They feature 12 cold pressed juices made fresh daily and Juan was kind enough to give me one named Holy Kale and it was amazing. Of these 12, one is made with Almond Milk and one made with Chocolate Almond Milk. They also make breakfast and sandwiches that do not use Soy. Their breads are called Eceekiel Sprouted Breads which can be gotten from Sprouts, but Juan said they are now buying directly from the producer in Mexico and the 1st shipment will be arriving this next week.
They also carry a line of all natural soaps, shampoos, bar soaps, dish soaps and lotions. As he explained our skin needs to be tended to and nourished as much as what is inside us. So many products out there have so many bad things for the skin, that they actually do more damage than good. Also featured is all natural toothpaste.
They have based the business on the principles of providing delicious foods using no sugar or additives. As Juan put it “If you pick up something to buy and there are 5 ingredients that you can’t pronounce the names of or know what they are, DO NOT BUY IT. That was interesting to me as I had just heard someone say that the other day on a talk show and it makes sense.
Rocky Point has grown to the size city that has been looking for a place like this. We have many cancer survivors living here and they all want to improve their health and make certain that they can do everything possible to avoid cancer rearing its ugly head. I feel between the natural items found at GREEN POINT and natural supplements, we are on the right track. I am not saying this will cure cancer but it sure as heck might help. We have been reading a great deal on the natural cures for cancer and watching a documentary on the Cure for Cancer and my husband has now said let’s give it a try.
I encourage you to stop in and welcome them to Puerto Peñasco. Their classes and workshops will begin in August. They are open Monday – Friday 7 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 3 pm and closed on Sunday.
This blog is a story that could play out like a “Fairy Tale”. In 2004 I was heading to work at the Mayan Palace real estate department after leaving Mario’s coffee and saw this A-frame sign, that read Now Open, Kaffee Haus Restaurant. Now you just know I had to stop as if it has a German spelling on something, I am thinking pastries. So I entered and saw this beautiful display of fresh baked HUGE muffins. The young lady that greeted me was the owners wife Lily. She said that they would now have good luck as I was there first customer. Had really nothing to do with me. I order 2 muffins to go and by the time I got to work only one remained. So this became a bit of a morning ritual.
I asked her about how the restaurant started and she explained that she and her husband Uwe (from Germany) met back east while working in the restaurant business and decided for a slower life style and moved back to her home town of Puerto Peñasco. That was 2004 and they are still going strong.
They have a diverse menu which caters to locals and visitors. One of specialties is Apple Strudel with Bourbon sauce. OMG the piece is huge and so are the flavors. We have found that one piece is large enough for 2 but that doesn’t stop us from taking home a 2nd piece. They are open from 7:30-4 pm. Breakfast is served from opening until 2. Get there early. You may expect a wait in season, but it is worth every minute of it. It is one of those places that gives you not only quantity but more importantly quality and great service.
Do your self a favor and order the Jamaica juice or tea which is made from the Hibiscus flower. It is made fresh daily and beside tasting delicious it is great for your health. It is served over ice and is a little sweet and a little tangy at the same time. Their omelets are to die for as well as there Chilaquiles , also known as cure for a hangover. They probably have some of the best ones we have ever had. They are made with corn chips cut in quarters and then dipped in either red or green sauce, then simmered until the chips are just slightly softened and served with queso fresco and sometime pulled chicken or a egg on top.
Hankering for a hamburger.. . travel no farther. This is one is made fresh and is very large on a fresh home made bun. Uwe is a baker so many of his specialty sandwiches come on home made bread or it is served along side. He also has a bratwurst sandwich which is yummy and it is served with bacon Sauerkraut. He has many omelets but one of our favorites is the Meat Lovers. Try the Swiss Farmer if you want a lot of food or the Stammermax.
The Steak sandwich is always a great choice or if you are trying to eat healthy while on vacation, try the Blue Cobb salad.
There are specials every day so get on their email list and plan ahead. But do save room for a dessert as there are many to choose from. If you need a cake for a special event, with advance notice ask Uwe to make it for you. No disappointments here!
Kaffee Haus is located on Benito Juarez as it bends to the Old Port on the left. They do not accept credit cards currently.
The exotic flavors of Thailand have come to town. Patricia Bon it’s coming fom the San Francisco Bay Area and it’s sharing with us her exotic and delicious dishes with us. Emilia Cota invited her to come and start this new culinary adventure in Puerto Peñasco.
They are located in the Malecon next to Oxxo. They are inside the patio at the Coldwell Banker building.
Open everyday except Tuesdays from 6pm to 11pm.
Phone : (638) 116-5136
Reviews on Tripadvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-d6950618
First Blog: http://www.seasidemexico.com/bloger/el-patio-thai-restaurant/
Our menu changes every day, so we can offer you only the best and fresh ingredients available.
These are our popular everyday dishes:
Red Curry Spicy Curry with coconut milk, peppers and sweet basil. (Chicken or Shrimp)
Pad Thai Pad Thai pan fried rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts. Topped with ground peanuts. (chicken or shrimp)
Satay (appetizer): Marinated chicken served with peanut sauce and cucumber relish
This Week Featured Local Business is Manny’s Beach Club Manny’s is one of the Oldest and better known Bar/Nightclubs in all of Puerto Peñasco. But Manny’s is not only a hot spot for Spring Breakers is also full equipped Restaurant as well as a Sports Bar with satellite TV so when in the Beach you don’t have to miss any games.
This Popular spot in Rocky Point started as a Taco Stand called Taco Loco back in 1983 now Manny’s is a full blown Restaurant/Bar with a capacity for up to 1’000 visitors. For more information about Manny’s please watch the following exclusive interview for Puerto-Penasco.com with Manny Sanchez himself.
Manny’s Beach is open everyday so feel free to come and have a dance party by the beach any night of the week. We can assure you there is no other Restaurant with this access to beach like Manny’s Beach Club. Located at Matamoros & Arispe at the Mirador
For More Information Please Visit:http://www.mannysbeachclub.com/
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