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Old 10-17-2016   #16 (permalink)
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We ate at Puerto Cocina Urbana last week after a few beers at Club de la Cerveza. Shrimp Diablo was very good , service great, and beer selections excellent.
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We ate at Puerto Cocina Urbana last week after a few beers at Club de la Cerveza. Shrimp Diablo was very good , service great, and beer selections excellent.
Where is it? How much was the Shrimp Diablo? How spicy was it?
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1/2 block south of Club de la Cerveza on 5th in a set back east side square area that has other places...the owners are out of TJ and have a place in Ensenada too. Very authentic...it was spicy and very reasonable pricing
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If you like El Fogon, you can avoid the Trip Advisor crowd that flocks there and go to Taco N Madre a few doors down (near the Fogon by Mega) and likely have a third of the restaurant to yourself. Also in the area is El Juardo; I'll take the huaraches there over Fogon any day.


Food is good, great views, at a higher price can be found at the Hyatt (I agree with Al). The walk from the entrance to restaurant itself is worth the high price on its own IMO.


If you like seafood, Hijos de Tostada is now on 5th (down by 38th). They used to have just a hole in the wall back on 25th.


The best pasta IMO is over in Cozumel at Alfredo di Roma in the Presidente hotel. Not a cheap place. But better than all of the pasta places I've had in and around 5th. Casa Sofia outside of Playacar would be where I'd go if I had to have pasta and didn't want to go to Cozumel.


Puerto Aventuras also has a number of decent small restaurants where you can watch dolphins. I don't really have a place in particular I'd recommend, but the area is a nice break from the crowds in Playa once in a while.
Totally agree with you on Taco N Madre. I am not a fan of El Fogón...overrated in my book. Taco N Madre is better in my opinion. The service is excellent and the waiters love to speak English, even when I speak to them in Spanish,
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Totally agree with you on Taco N Madre. I am not a fan of El Fogón...overrated in my book. Taco N Madre is better in my opinion. The service is excellent and the waiters love to speak English, even when I speak to them in Spanish,
I picked up some carryout at Taco N Madre the last time we were in town - tacos arabe and tacos al pastor. Loved the tacos arabe.
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Totally agree with you on Taco N Madre. I am not a fan of El Fogón...overrated in my book. Taco N Madre is better in my opinion. The service is excellent and the waiters love to speak English, even when I speak to them in Spanish,
Will have to try it.

Always thought El Fogon was overrated as well. Had much better food at the park or stands with nicer prices.
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Will have to try it.

Always thought El Fogon was overrated as well. Had much better food at the park or stands with nicer prices.
Totally agree and right now another good taco place is El Buen Taco on south side of Constituyentes between 40 & 45 (or 35 & 40...can't remember). Their tacos de cecina are my favorite. I could eat there every day!
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So for those who pick Taco N Madre over El Fogon, what are your thoughts on Don Sirloin? I love El Fogon, but hated Don Sirloin (only tried it once, but meat was so greasy and just didn't taste good), so wondering if we should try Taco N Madre or stick to our tried and true El Fogon ...
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So for those who pick Taco N Madre over El Fogon, what are your thoughts on Don Sirloin? I love El Fogon, but hated Don Sirloin (only tried it once, but meat was so greasy and just didn't taste good), so wondering if we should try Taco N Madre or stick to our tried and true El Fogon ...
Why not try Taco N Madre and El Fogon? A taste test like that is a winner
I have always had good food at Don Sirloin. The arrachera torta ....mmmmmm.
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So for those who pick Taco N Madre over El Fogon, what are your thoughts on Don Sirloin? I love El Fogon, but hated Don Sirloin (only tried it once, but meat was so greasy and just didn't taste good), so wondering if we should try Taco N Madre or stick to our tried and true El Fogon ...

El Fogon is generally much greasier (not necessarily a bad thing! Many people like that) than Don Sirloin, so I wonder if you didn't have a "normal" Don Sirloin experience.


With the pastor wheel, the meat you get can vary significantly. (busy time vs not busy, outside of the wheel vs inside of the wheel, deep cut vs surface meat)


Try them all, try them often.
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Why not try Taco N Madre and El Fogon? A taste test like that is a winner
I have always had good food at Don Sirloin. The arrachera torta ....mmmmmm.
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El Fogon is generally much greasier (not necessarily a bad thing! Many people like that) than Don Sirloin, so I wonder if you didn't have a "normal" Don Sirloin experience.


With the pastor wheel, the meat you get can vary significantly. (busy time vs not busy, outside of the wheel vs inside of the wheel, deep cut vs surface meat)


Try them all, try them often.
I'm sure we will do a taste test! Just curious what others thought as we just did not have a good Don Sirloin experience and hesitant to give it another shot ... so many choices and so little time!!
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Has anyone mentioned Don Chendo? One of my current faves. Fantastic pizza and Italian food.

I also like Nativo a lot. Their soups are amazing and everything is extremely affordable...but no alcohol served. This is right across the street from DAC. The Nativo on 307 and Juarez is subpar i.m.o.

Also - trendy or not, we are big fans of the Brocheta "La Normal" at El Fogon. Not at all greasy as someone else mentioned. It is all grilled - steak, ham, peppers, onions, - and so tender. Also comes with baked potato and the best beans/bean soup I have ever had. You can also add shrimp to that ("La Mixta").

Crap - now I'm hungry. Gotta go.
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So for those who pick Taco N Madre over El Fogon, what are your thoughts on Don Sirloin? I love El Fogon, but hated Don Sirloin (only tried it once, but meat was so greasy and just didn't taste good), so wondering if we should try Taco N Madre or stick to our tried and true El Fogon ...
I agree. We tried Don Sirloin after having El Fogon many, many times and were very disappointed. Haven't had Taco N Madre yet.

If we are just talking tacos though, we need a new thread. The places I have mentioned weren't necessarily about tacos.
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What do people like for seafood on south side? We usually do las brisas but want to try something else this time.


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What do people like for seafood on south side? We usually do las brisas but want to try something else this time.


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You could try La Tarraya
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