The quaint fishing village of Puerto Nuevo lies along the Pacific Coast in Baja California, Mexico, located about an hour south of downtown San Diego. The town, known as the "Lobster Capital of Baja," is famous for the dish of freshly caught, fried spiny tail lobster, traditionally served with beans, rice and house made tortillas. Each week three to four thousand people make the trip to Puerto Nuevo to enjoy lobster dinners! The Ortega family has 4 restaurants within the tiny port town, dating back to the 1970s, but San Diegans need not hop the border to Mexico to enjoy this Baja specialty. Ortega's Bistro offers the Puerto Nuevo experience right off of University Avenue in Hillcrest, as well as delicious margaritas and a diverse selection of Mexico cuisine.
We began our meal with complimentary chips and salsa and two selections from the 13 different margaritas offered at Ortega's. The pomegranate margarita ($11) is a house favorite - a mix of fresh pomegranate juice, Cuervo Tradicional tequila, Grand Marnier and housemade sour mix, served on the rocks in a sugar rimmed glass. As spice lovers, the jalapeño margarita ($11) really hit the spot, mixing muddled fresh jalapeño, Cuervo Tradicional, sour mix and Grand Marnier, served on the rocks in a chili-rimmed glass. These were two of the the best margs we've had in recent memory - and we are no strangers to Mexico.
ORTEGA'S, A MEXICAN BISTRO
141 University Avenue, Hillcrest
Open daily til midnight
11am - Midnight
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9am - 2pm