Rosarito Food Shopping [moved from San Diego board]
My friends an I go down to Las Gaviotas a few times year to relax, and normally to stock up we just stop at the giant Comercial Mexicana right off the highway. We're heading down again for Christmans, and I'm feeling adventurous this time. Any recommendations for especially good shops in Rosarito? Panaderias, carnicerias, or just general markets? I would love to find some particularly good chorizos, and a great liquor store (large variety, tequilas and wines we can't get here) wouldn't be such a bad thing either.
There is carniceria on Benito Juarez Blvd., across from the Hotel Corona highrise, that friends highly recommend (haven't tried it yet). It's pretty easy to spot because there is a full-sized, fiberglass cow on the roof.
La Estancia Restaurant has a butcher counter with locally raised beef, lamb and pork selections.
El Nido Restaurant has a butcher counter with beef, lamb and quail from their rancho. The owners will arrange a free tour upon request.
Vince's Fish Market and Restaurant on Benito Juarez Blvd., about three blocks north of the Rosarito Beach Hotel, has an excellent selection of fresh seafood, including live spiny lobster.
The Rosarito Beach Hotel sponsors a Farmer's Market one Sunday a month with local fresh-in-season produce (much of it organic), cheese makers, wine producers, etc.
The panaderia, "El Mejor Pan de Tecate" is on the west side of Benito Juarez Blvd at the signal light with the big McDonald's on the corner. There is a Subway sandwich shop at that light on the west side and the bakery is a couple of doors down from that, IIRC.
The main location for the chain of liquor stores "Don Pisto" has a pretty extensive collection of tequilas and mescals. I've been able to satisfy friends' special requests there. It is located on an eastside corner of Benito Juarez Blvd., a few blocks north of The Rosarito Beach Hotel.
Specialty wine bodegas seem to come and go. The concierges at the Rosarito Beach Hotel and the Corona Hotel are knowledgeable and very helpful and ask them about this. Both hotels have U.S. 800 numbers for info.
Finally, just to expand your possibilities, I highly recommend checking out Mercado Hidalgo in Tijuana. It is a local tradition, the Grand Central Market of TJ.