A vacation to the beautiful shores of Puerto Penasco, also known as Rocky Point, in the state of Sonora in Mexico is one of the best ways to spend some hard-earned relaxation time. When you’re not out swimming, lounging on the sandy beaches, or casting a line to try your hand at the local fish, you’re going to need to eat – and you’re probably going to want to eat well. Below are a few of the very best eating and dining options in all of Puerto Penasco.
If you are hungry, then there are few places in the world better to find yourself than Puerto Penasco. Simply put, the downtown, the resort, and the beach areas are all loaded with food options that range from cheap taco trucks to fully-stocked supermarkets to high-class fine dining establishments. However, if you want to avoid the “tourist traps,” then it pays off to know where to look for food.
Mary’s is a good starting place for eating in Puerto Penasco. It is a little local establishment that is located in the bustling fish market area of town. It, quite fittingly, has a large variety of seafood dishes to choose from. It makes a wonderful place for either lunch or dinner and they serve a mean margarita to boot!
Another restaurant that you will want to try out during your Puerto Penasco vacation is El Rincon de Regina. It is located at the very bottom of the steep, one-way street that leads out from the center of downtown. El Rincon de Regina is easy to spot because of the large neon signs on either side of the front door. The inside is a bit cramped – it only fits approximately 25 people – but the wait and the close quarters is well worth it once you taste the food. Armed with one of the best chefs in the entire Rocky Point area, El Rincon de Regina puts a new twist on old-fashioned Mexican cuisine – and they use primarily locally grown ingredients. While anything on the menu is tasty, the chicken mole and anything made with prickly pear cactus is heavenly.
The Friendly Dolphin is, despite its cutesy name, a cozy place to enjoy a lunchtime meal. It’s a little on the touristy side – you won’t find a lot of locals at it – but sometimes that isn’t a very big deal (as in when you’re super starving after hours of swimming). The Friendly Dolphin has a vast number of dishes to choose from including a ton that kids are sure to love. Plus, the antiques and knick-knacks covering the restaurant’s walls are entertaining in themselves.
If fine dining is the route that you like to take while vacationing, then Rocky Point has you covered with the highly-touted Citron. The restaurant is located within the Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort and is awarded 4 diamonds by the AAA (American Automobile Association) so you know that it is good. It offers mainly international cuisine and, with that said, has a little something for everyone – even those with the most eccentric of tastes. Sunday for brunch is one of the best times to head to Citron.
You can’t just subsist on lunches and dinners and luckily Rocky Point pulls through with some great breakfast fare, chiefly in the form of the Koffee Haus’s homemade bread and pastries. In addition to their breads, they have, obviously, a variety of coffees, and a good selection of heartier breakfast meals.
Finally, a trip to Puerto Penasco – or anywhere in Mexico really – isn’t complete without a late night stop at an authentic taco stand. There are plenty of stands jumbled around on the sidewalks and streets so you won’t have any trouble at all finding one. Even better is the fact that many of them are open to the wee hours of the morning (think four am), so you can get something satisfying in your belly after a late night of drinking. You’ll find the usual array of tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and so on at these stands.