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Harry’s Cofee Shop La Jolla


Was searching for a unique breakfast spot in San Diego this past Thursday.  Found an article recommending Harry’s Coffee Shop in La Jolla.

Unlike the glitz of pricey bistros on the ocean in LJ, Harry’s is an old school throwback.  Harry’s wife Catherine greeted and seated me.

Spent several minutes soaking up the scene before diving into the menu.  Being transported back into the 1960s, I recalled some childhood diner experiences with my family.  Harry’s walls are filled with Brooklyn Dodger, other baseball photos and old San Diego area photos. A big photo of Harry with my favorite baseball player Willie Mays is near the entrance.

The silverware is perfectly plain.  Classical music lightly dances in the background. Vinyl booths and Formica tables are on the set of this nostalgic diner.

Phyllis, my server, brought a shiny carafe of coffee and set it on my table after pouring my first cup.

Ordered the Eggs Florentine as incentive to boost a scheduled EKG at a medical appointment later. The oozing eggs, creamy Hollandaise, English muffy and crunchy hashed spuds made for a perfect texture and flavor combo.  Oh, add spinach to make you think this is a healthy dish.

I arrived at 11AM to a packed house this Thursday.  But, by noon, tables were emptying.  Outdoor seating is also available.  Adult beverages also are served.  Apparently, weekends have a 30 minute wait by 9AM.

We award Harry’s with five Louisville Sluggers out of five.  FYI, my EKG test was OK.

Harry’s Coffee Shop

7545 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037 Open Daily 6am – 3pm




Ensenada Food Truck Park

Ensenada Food Truck Park Facebook

Located south side of Ensenada, Av Reforma/Hwy1, across from Walmart, north of Costco.  As with all of my posts, they are plotted on the Ensenada/Wine Valley Interactive Map, link on left side of site. Our staff of cartographers never sleeps.

Rosticeria Maneadero Pollo

I am a big fan of BBQ chicken, grilled chicken and chicken chicken.   Rosticeria Maneadero has the best oven roasted chicken in Ensenada.

And here is the proof.

Birds in the oven.

Bird men.

Rosti Maneaderoa is located on west side of Hwy 1, approx 200 meters north of Calimax.  In lower Maneadero(north end of shops/markets) there are 2 Pemex station.  One Pemex is on the bending curve of Hwy1.  The other Pemex is at a traffic light.  Hit Rosti Man just before that second Pemex when southbound and pickup your dinner/picnic/taco spread.

130 pesos, 7 Bucks, 2 whole chickens, juicy, meaty, big and bouncy baby!

Acua Sunset Restaurant

On my way home from a busy San Diego shopping day, decided to try out the Acua Sunset Restaurant, aka “Old Splash”.

It was about 2:30 this Wednesday afternoon. I toured the bar, saw the kitchen, checked on the waves the little dining nook and finally entered the main dining area under the big palapa.  A group of approx 10 was seated for lunch.

Hmmm.  Anybody home???

It was a beautiful afternoon and the cool breeze was perfect even though my car’s outdoor thermometer said 94F-ing degrees.


A server waltzed by me after about 5 minutes and went to the outdoor bar, adjusted her makeup with a purse mirror and made a phone call on her cell phone.  She made no attempt at paying any attention to me or the 10 top table of ladies who were celebrating a birthday.

Finally, a guy comes by and asks me, “Are you waiting for someone?”. “YOU” was my reply.

Though the meet and greet beginning was sketchy, the margy was delicious and the chips and tuna dip were very good.

Acua Sunset has taken the rough edges of the former occupant(Splash) and cleaned up the atmosphere a bit.

This spinach, grilled shrimp, strawberry, carmelized walnut, blue cheese and vinaigrette salad was exceptional.  Thanks, Acua for surprising me with a delicious lunch.

“Elmer” was very good on taking care of me after my slow beginning.  I’ll be happy to come back with guests for sunset.

Giving Acua Sunset Restaurant 3.5 waves out of five possible.

Acua Sunset is located at Baja Hwy 1 K54, the Cuenca Lechera(“Dairy Basin) exit, approx 2 miles south of the big sand dunes of Primo Tapia.

Hope the fires throughout Baja past few days are contained soon.

Casa de Caballo Wine Bar

When visiting Ensenada, and south of the Macroplaza(Walmart/Costco/Home Depot) you will find many taco stands and rustic bars/restaurants.  Where to sit in comfort and enjoy a glass of wine with a view of the ocean?

Casa de Caballo Tapas & Wine is your oasis in Punta Banda.

Armando and Monica will take very good care of you.  This little wine glass hats are perfect to debug your picnic at the Caballo bar.

Hungry?  The tapas prepared by Armando are freshly made and bursting with juicy flavors.

Last Sunday was my first visit to Casa de Caballo and enjoyed every light breeze moment with friends.

Casa de Caballo is open Fridays and Sunday 3pm-8pm.  Come with friends or if you are solo, you will make a friend in a hurry here.

Casa de Caballo Facebook

Kilometer 12, Carretera La Bufadora, just west of Campo La Joya.


Ensenada Seafood Tour

Began our Ensenada seafood tour at 240 Grill.  240 is a Tiny spot at 3rd and Riveroll, in Plaza Villa Mexicana, specializing in various seafood tostada dishes.

They are also fans of Star wars, check the plate below the smoked marlin.

Carta Blanca beer is the special cerveza at 240.  Reminds me of the old Carta Blanca bottles with the opener in the bottom.

240 Grill is a fun spot for lunch or a quick bite.  240 Grill Facebook

In the same shopping center, Plaza Villa Mexicana(1st/2nd/Alvarado/Riveroll) and around the corner is La Cevicheria, my 2017 favorite fish bar.

Surprisingly, La Cevicheria was out of fresh oysters this visit.  We tried a few different tacos.  You always get the flight of 4 salsas when visiting La Cev.  The Tuna al Pastor tacos are on this plate.

Did not have time to enjoy one of my favorite treats at La Cev: the chicharron de pulpo.  We also spotted a salsa verde across the way at another table.  Ordered it to go 1 week after this visit.  Yum

La Cevicheria Facebook

But, we had to have oysters, so we headed to the south side of Ensenada.

My first visit to Mariscos Barbajan was festive with a 20 piece band hammering out the music.  This restaurant is huge, rivaling the size of El Primo Nava.

Meet and greet was good and service was enthusiastic.  One downside was the canned and runny salsa.  Check out the 325ml XX Ambar.  That’s an 11 ounce beer, so stay thirsty my friends.

Barbajan patio for beach viewing is an option.

Will come back to Barbajan for a complete dining experience in near future.  Location at Costero and Estancia is ideal.

Barbajan facebook

Muelle 3 Restaurant Ensenada

My maiden voyage to Muelle 3 restaurant in Ensenada was this past Friday.  What has taken me so long? This iconic seafood restaurant is one of the few spots on the water in Ensenada that offers excellent food in a small, comfy setting.

With more than 12 miles of waterfront available from the Ensenada Hwy 1 toll booth south to Estero Beach, finding 5 decent restaurants with an ocean view on that stretch is a dining challenge.  Muelle 3 is a welcome port for sensory treats.

Muelle 3(“mway-yay tres” – Dock or Pier 3) is small, but dishes out some of the best and most unique seafood dishes in Baja.  They are usually busy in late afternoon, because they close at 7PM.  We luckily only waited about 10 minutes for a table at 5:30.

First order was fresh oysters with our beers.  They offer both Wendlandt and Agua Mala microbrew selections.  Wine is also available.

Next up was Pulpo Huitlacoche.  This may be the most creative octopus dish I have ever enjoyed.  I had seen/heard of Huitlacoche(see video at end of this post) before, but, these were my first bites, combined with slices of octopus and veggies.  I jokingly guessed grits on the green salsa support, but, it was polenta with cilantro.  The tortillas made for mini taco bar fun with the pulpo mix.

Yellowtail and veggies

Yellowtail and risotto was my “surprise me” dish.  90+% of my restaurant orders are “sorpréndeme, por favor”.

Both of our seafood main dishes were simply seasoned and seared perfectly.  No sauces or extra goop were added to disguise the fresh fish flavors.

Maybe Muelle 3 can squeeze in 20 diners maximum.  Owner/chef David Martinez is in the yellow shirt out on the patio here entertaining guests.

Our servers also handled kitchen’s last call smoothly.  Noticing that we had only ordered appetizers as of 6:30PM , we were asked if we would like to order more before the chefs shut down for the evening.  There was also no rush to the services that followed, even though we were 2 of only 4 diners remaining, thank you.

Muelle 3 gets our 5 anchor award(out of 5 possible) for flavors, atmosphere, service, value and fun.  Best way to enjoy this is with a 4some sharing different dishes and flavors.  Next visit, I will bring 3 friends and begin at 3-ish.

Loved another online review lamenting lack of ambience at Muelle 3.  WTF?  Cozy dining room attached to open kitchen on the waterfront with boats and gulls bobbing and weaving provide an excellent atmosphere at “Dock 3”.

Location is on water at end of Mercado Negro Fish market in Ensenada.  Street parking works or there is a thrifty pay lot on the north edge of restaurant between Muelle 3 and Cocedora de Langosta.

Muelle 3 Facebook.  646-174-0318  Closed Monday.

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