Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
Ensenada offers a welcome, virtually year round venue for a sunny Baja getaway for travelers and beachgoers. And, after a great day out on the sandy shore, what might sound better than a thick, juicy cheeseburger loaded with condiments and sitting next to a big stack of fresh, crispy French fries; or perhaps a traditional pastrami sandwich, thinly sliced and piled onto grilled rye bread with melted cheese and a special dressing? Oh yes! But where, you might ask, does one find such quintessential gringo fare in the land of fish tacos and carnitas burritos?
If you happen to be a few miles south of downtown Ensenada near the mouth of the Punta Banda estuary and the Estero Beach Resort, you are within a stone’s throw of a tasty eatery that will artfully satisfy your ravenous cravings for stateside cuisine. Rapidly growing in popularity after only 6 months in business, Las Parrillas Restaurant, Bar & Grill is located off of Avenida Reforma on Calle Morelos, and only a few blocks from the surf on the way to El Faro Beach Camp.
Owner, Tom Baldwin, has decades of experience in the food service industry, and was was doing a brisk business at a local swap meet serving handcrafted burgers to hoards of hungry shoppers. It didn’t take long, however, for him to realize that he might have a struck upon a viable business plan to open a restaurant that would cater to the desire of both resident and visiting Americans who regularly yearned for the tastes, textures and aromas that they grew up with. Now, after over a year in operation his popular eatery, Las Parrillas restaurant & Bar, has become a Mecca for hungry folks with a taste for stateside fare.
As an example, diners can fortify themselves for an active day with one of the massive breakfast specialties at Las Parrillas such as Eggs Beauregard, which is made with two eggs, cooked any style, over a grilled biscuit that is smothered with meaty homemade sausage gravy and served with savory home fries. Lunches are equally decadent, with crisped bacon cheeseburgers and a bevy of other gourmet sandwiches to take the edge off your appetite. One dinnertime special on their menu offers a 10 ounce Ribeye steak along with broiled, sautéed or fried shrimp, baked potato and the vegetable medley de jour priced at under $15.00. They also occasionally feature live music in the evening, as well as festive outdoor events offering barbequed ribs, chicken and other grilled favorites.
To be sure, Las Parrillas Restaurant, Bar & Grill is one place where you will always get enough great food to eat in a relaxed and friendly environment that is a near perfect venue to visit before, during or after a carefree day on the sunny Baja coast.
LOCATED AT CALLE MORELOS & CALLE 19th, CHAPULTEPEC TEL. 646-120-34-44
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