Yuma, AZ, Thanksgiving Weekend
My wife and I are contemplating a get-away from San Diego to Yuma for Thanksgiving weekend. We are a couple without family in the area, so we are ripe for a non-traditional Thanksgiving Dinner as well as other lunches and dinners on Friday and Saturday.
What recommendations do Chowhound members have for dining in Yuma. I don't expect "haute cuisine" but I would like it to be local/regional, tasty, and interesting.
Hey Andy, I've been thinking about your request for a couple of hours because the one day that I have never eaten out in Yuma is Thanksgiving, so my reply will be mostly speculation.
The weather should be nice - as it usually is this time of year - highs around the 70s or 80s.
Most Anglo restaurants would, I suspect, be closed. Julieanna's, which has a nice patio and is probably the best fine dining in town, would be one place I would check with if that's what I was looking for (though I'm sure there are dozens of places in SD at least as goodor better).
One could certainly find a lot of choices across the border in San Luis, Sonora (about 25 minutes south of town) since, of course, Thanksgiving is not a Mexican holiday. Places like Mr Chobi's (proabably the best high end place in town) or the Herradura (an old Mexican restaurant stand-by) would be good. There is also a fancy Hotel restaurant on Obregan whose name escapes me. There are also taco shops etc in abundance in San Luis. La Tatema is a large restaurant that specializes in birria - talk about something different. Cabs are readily available at the border crossing and one can walk Obregan (just be careful as the sidewalk is not always in good shape). Personally, I don't like driving en el otro lado.
Whether any of Yuma's better Mexican restaurants would be open is another question. But certainly some of the taco stands would be doing business, I would think, as many recent immigrants don't have a Thanksgiving tradition yet.
I would love a Thanksgiving at Pupuseria Cabanas because I always feel like family there, but Thursday is the one day of the week that they are closed.
Anyway, here is a link to some blog posts about Yuma.
If you have more questions, just post them and I'll try to answer. Good luck!