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GoodEatz Dec 5, 2008 02:38 PM

I just got back from Mulege, Baja, Mexico. Just outside the city there is a restaurant called Ray's. It used to be located at a beach called Santispac but now it is located in the middle of nowhere, in alfalfa fields outside of Mulege. To get there you have to ask someone where Icehouse Road is (local American and Canadian snowbirds are all around) and then follow that road, which becomes dirt, out in the country until you start seeing signs for Ray's. It's the only thing two story or lit up for miles, so you can't miss it once you start following the signs.

There is a small bar and about 15 tables, on the second story of a farm house. A Tecate sign hangs on the front. Inside is nicely decorated and romantic. Lamps made locally hang from the ceiling and the windows are all open for fresh air.

The menu on the whiteboard was the same on the two nights I went. Local cod, breaded scallops, calamari, ribeye, lobster, or coconut shrimp. All entrees come with fresh grilled local vegetables and a house salad with the house dressing. Ray gave me the recipe but I probably shouldn't share it publicly - it was a carrot vinaigrette. The complimentary appetizer on my second night was local goat cheese (really local - you can see the dairy from your window) on tostitos. The optional appetizer was a delicious Oysters Rockefeller. We had that both times we went. The oysters were 125 pesos, the twin lobster tails were 180 pesos and the other entries were around 120 pesos. Right now you get 13.5 pesos per American dollar, so you can see what a deal this is. For dessert they had a killer Kalhua Coconut rice pudding for 35 pesos! Drinks were reasonable and everyone gets a free blended Brandy Alexander.

I'm attaching photos. The food was excellent. I had lobster on night #1 and the calamari on night #2. The calamari was pounded thin and sauteed in garlic. Very tender. The lobster tails were about 1/2 pound each and steamed with some better. All the food was properly seasoned and attractively presented.

Ray is a restaurantuer orignally from Cuba who knows how to take care of customers. He personally greets everyone and remembers names. He brought out my iced coffee just the way I like it on my second visit. You'll see customers on their way out poke their head in the square hole into the kitchen to compliment the kitchen staff or leave a tip for them.

I wanted to try the coconut shrimp even though I"m not a fan, so Ray brought two out just for me to try. He is really great.

Mulege is between Santa Rosalia and Loreto on Hwy 1 on the Cortez sea side of Baja. If you are ever driving through, have someone point you to Rays. By a long shot, he has the best food for miles.

 
 
 
 
  1. streetgourmetla Dec 18, 2009 07:44 AM

    Not a whole lot of options in Mulege, so thanks for this. Will look for it when passing through. The menu sounds like many of the places by the beaches outside downtown Mulege

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      lucylovesfood Dec 17, 2009 03:27 PM

      Did this place survive the hurricane? Sound wonderful and we plan to be there in January.

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        missywah Jan 17, 2010 08:01 AM

        Yes Rays Hacienda is now open after the hurricane. Ray also has two very reasonably priced cute little cabanas for rent. We often spend the night there after eating at his restaurant since we don't have to drive an hour home after drinking. He also has a great RV park with plenty of mown green lawn to park your RV.

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