San Felipe, an Oasis of Off-Road in Baja, a beautiful town where the food is as amazing as the people who live there. Last year we created a post about some of our favorite places to eat in Ensenada for the Baja 500. And we will continue to share our experiences in Baja because we know that Baja is just much more than just a race track. Their food culture is a treasure that needs to be shared with as many people as possible. So if you’re one of the many that buys a lot of processed food at Costco when you’re coming to race in Mexico, check this out and you might change your mind.
This list is not in any particularly order, we tried to cover a little bit of everything. And because some places aren’t on this list doesn’t mean it isn’t good. After all everything is a matter of perspective.
Sea Food: Mariscos La Palma
San Felipe is Sea food, as simple as that. I heard about this place from a friend the first time I went to San Felipe like 6 years ago but I didn’t try it that year. Then next year another friend took me there and oh boy! I fell in love instantly, the shrimp cocktails, the “Mariscadas” or sea food plates to share are simply great. Every time I have to go to San Felipe for a race this is a must stop for me.
-Tostada Especial. See the photo above.
-Any Cocktail like Shrimp, Octopus, Clam or everything together!
-La Torre de Mariscos or “The Sea food Tower”. Winner plate of a Sea food contest in Baja.
Dinner: La Vaquita Restaurant
You could call this the “Restaurant option” in this list. Here you can expect all the great service of a nice restaurant without the “noise” of the tourists or the Malecon. Here you can find great options of not just sea food but meat cuts and even a full bar which makes this our option to bring clients/sponsors for a nice chat.
Tostada de Pulpo asado (Grilled Octopus Tostada).
Sea food Molcajete for two. Or the meat option is pretty good too.
Tacos & Bar: Taco Factory
How about tacos? Fish, shrimp, asada, tri-tip, you name it. There’s a reason this place is called the factory of tacos. Right in the heart of the Malecon this bar & grill is great to bring friends over and enjoy any kind of drink with any kind of tacos. Perfect when we are waiting in contingency row.
Tacos and Margaritas.
Margaritas and Tacos.
Tacos: Taqueria El General
If you have been to San Felipe there’s a good chance that you know this place. There’s a reason why it has most of the team stickers on their counter. If you’re coming for the first time to San Felipe and you don’t want anything else but carne asada tacos, this is the place for you.
“Tres quesatacos, por favor” (Three tacos with cheese, please)
Frijoles Charro’s (Soup of beans with bacon)
Breakfast: La casita de Tony
The legend says when Tony (the owner) came to San Felipe for the first time he couldn’t find a place where the food plates were enough for him. So he did whatever any sane 6′ 3″ tall guy would do: open their own restaurant with a large enough plate that could satisfy him. Just look at the size of that plate! 2 people can easily eat from there. This is why you will always see people waiting outside for a table so you better get there early.
Machaca con chilaquiles
Hot Cakes with Bacon
Bonus! To go: Empanadas Panchita
This is a bonus! Empanadas Panchita is a humble spot a few blocks away from the Malecon. Here you will not find tourists, this is a pure local jewel of San Felipe. Here you can get Empanadas and Tamales “to go” think of it like a humble drive thru. This is perfect for race day, order 20 empanadas to bring to the team or our friends for a day in the deZert. Empanadas by the way, are like burritos but fried and the fill is usually cheese with really good combination of ingredients like pepperonni, mushrooms, beans, machaca, you name it.
Empanadas of any kind.