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Report: Rosarito, B.C., Mex.

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So we have only five places to report -- we did a lot of drinking on the beach, so not so much dining out. It's Baja, after all.

We love Puerto Nuevo (yes, it's cheesy, yes, there are other places to get grilled lobster, but we still love it) and we finally found the place to go after many attempts over several years -- Restaurante Chela, on the uphill side of Av. Chinchorro, one block east of the main drag (Av. Renteria). $14 dlls. provides for seven small halves with rice, beans, guacamole, tortillas, and a margarita.

La Casa de la Langosta, on the southeast corner of Renteria and Chinchorro, is a "must miss".

Our usual stop for tacos is El Paisano, on the west side of Bl. Benito Juarez about three blocks north of the Rosarito Beach Hotel, and on the other side of the boulevard. The prices have crept up steadily -- when we first started going there, they were $6 m.n. each, now they're $10 m.n. each.

As usual, we stopped at Carnitas La Flor de Michoacan (the northern outpost, on the west side of Bl. Benito Juarez three blocks or so south of Bl. Guerrero)... eleven of us, and we had a kilo and a half of carnitas with all the fixins, and soft drinks. $66 total. They have a southern outpost, in the very first block of "civilisation" north of La Paloma and the horse-rental places.

The paleteria across the boulevard from the carnitas place has absolutely incredible pineapple-coconut pops and also very, very good cucumber and chile pops (no, really).

Finally, there is a new Comercial Mexicana on Bl. Guerrero about three blocks east of Bl. Benito Juarez -- the second Rosarito exit as you come from Tijuana, or the first as you come from Ensenada. It's absolutely huge, has more than ample parking, and has better hours and is cleaner than the old CM on Bl. Benito Juarez near the Smart & Final.

Still no Starbucks in Rosarito, thank God.

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