Where is the best place for a lobster dinner ? The wife is really looking forward to a nice fresh lobster dinner in Zihua ..are they in season ? ..
The couple of times I tried Pacific lobster I was disappointed; perhaps due to the fact that it was overcooked. On the other hand, I've had excellent lobster meatballs at La Gaviota on La Ropa and delicious lobster salad at Chendo's on Calle Adelita in La Madera.
They are not in season. The season is around Oct-March. Even then I'm afraid the Pacific Grandes are long gone.
Puerto Nuevo in the 70s, those were the days! And there I go living in the past again ...
by JBinCT, Weston, CT, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 10:52 (531 days ago)
Was in San Diego the past weekend. Puerto Nuevo used to be a stop every time I was out there. In fact my in-laws used to have Thanksgiving dinner there in the 80's and 90's. Alas, the 'problems' have brought an end to those trips. I was told that all those businesses south of Tijuana have been shuttered. A shame. I have many fond- and very hazy- memories of lobster dinners at Puerto Nuevo followed by a run to Hussong's followed by...
Puerto Nuevo is alive
by Gri-lango, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 16:29 (531 days ago)
Puerto Nuevo is not shuttered, k48 is still a popular break and gets a fair share of surfers looking for cheap grub. It's no longer hugely popular with gringos because the lobster's are pathetically small these days. I opt for the killer baja style fish tacos...I too miss the longosta a la plancha con mojo de ajo!!!
A bit further south, I know several very successful shrimp, clam and abalone farms. They are responsible farmers/fishermen and it provides a glimmer of hope.
The Baja Norte area is controlled by one Cartel, it's been relatively mellow. I am not looking to argue safety, but I still visit the area often and have not heard of any gringos getting whacked. TJ is down right calm, Ave. Revolucion got a face lift and the Marines can no longer party there.
Valle de Guadalupe and Califa are Baja's wine country, a short drive form Ensenada. It's a ton of fun and good food. I won't write the area off so easily.
Puerto Nuevo is alive
by JBinCT, Weston, CT, Friday, June 22, 2012, 00:17 (531 days ago)
I should have qualified my statement to read "...shuttered at night."
I am sure some places are still open and I too hope that Baja Norte survives the current situation; it is too close and too special to be written off forever. Having said that, the events (and you know what I mean) of the past couple years have put it off limits for the time being for a lot of folks,including the ones I visit in San Diego.
by Average Joe, México, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 12:34 (531 days ago)
edited by Average Joe, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 14:15
“In season” here in Mexican resort towns may not be of any particular relevance since nearly all lobsters tend to be flown-in often from ‘parts unknown’ in today's corporate globalization of food supplies (thus predictably readily available).
For many years in Z area, lobs came in near-exclusively from Puerto Nuevo, some ‘fresh/live’, with the majority being frozen. I remember years back, when the ‘bridge’ over the back channel was frickin 2x12s on posts (!), where we were sadly notified over at Lety’s (?) after The Hike that there “are no lobsters since the flight from TJ (Puerto Nuevo) didn't come in today".....!
I can’t recommend any local sources, as we personally “do lobster” primarily at home, and of a grilled style in devout memorable respect for the MOUNTAINS of lobs that were once served-up on BIG platters in Puerto Nuevo…… and CHEAP 'back then', TOO……. with always Bien Fria caguamas! Though I would guestimate that many of the finer hotel and marina restaurants in Ixtapa would be a fairly reliable bet, and perhaps of an even more 'elegant' setting, if that is your goal. Simply give them a confirmation call upon your area arrival, or any of the other good local Z recos posted above.
And we shagged a few Big Boys last year in The Caymans which while indeed tasty, are nothing like Pacific lobsters; which are nothing like Maine lobsters. ALL Good though….. with that drawn butter just dripping uncontrollably down your chest!
Thanks for the info ...see ya tomorrow
by Average Joe, México, Friday, June 22, 2012, 07:58 (530 days ago)
edited by Average Joe, Friday, June 22, 2012, 08:08
You're certainly welcome. And enjoy your flight; enjoy your lobster; and most importanly, enjoy the sunny weather..... which as you rather prophetically suggested in an earlier thread, you will be bringing down with you!!
GRACIAS, as this morning's very welcome BLUE-Skied Dawn 'exploded like a flock of doves'......