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[*] posted on 5-2-2012 at 09:19 AM
"Cafe El Cienega" - Baja Hwy 1 - north of Jesus Maria


This is the first time I had the opportunity to check out this small Baja Road cafe and motel.

It's called El Cienega. Located on Hwy 1 north of Jesus Maria 30-40 miles, mas o menos.



Looks to be a favorite of local ranchers and OTR truckers, so this time we gave it a go..and I'm glad we did.

It is a plain, no frills, sit-down cafe run by two very friendly senoritas..each named Celia. Their kitchen sparkled, as did thier personalities.



We ordered some cold Tecates which the ladies accompanied with fresh homemade chips and a tasty salsa, plus ...one grilled fish dinner, one grilled chicken dinner, and one hearty rancheros soup dinner...all were eaten by us con mucho gusto with side dishes & both corn and flour tortillas. I would definetely go back for more on the next trip.



The entire bill was way too cheap, but the tip can take care of any embarrassment by the appreciative traveler. Along with a snapshot together, it was a very nice stop and dinner. I enjoyed it immensely and reminds me to take advantage of these small cafes
where genuine friendships often start.







Plus we spent a cozy and secure night in the motorhome near the cafe by the well-lit mini-motel. I offered to pay for the priveledge, but dos Cielas insisted on offering free camping. Mil gracias, senoritas.





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[*] posted on 5-2-2012 at 10:22 AM


Been going there for years. Great place... too bad the highway sign is misspelled "La Sienega"

[Edited on 5-2-2012 by rts551]
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[*] posted on 5-2-2012 at 10:33 AM


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Originally posted by rts551
Been going there for years. Great place... too bad the highway sign is misspelled "La Sienega"

[Edited on 5-2-2012 by rts551]


I asked them about the name...'La Cienega'. The ladies told me it meant 100 water-something? I could not quite catch their explanation, plus my hearing is nicht zu gut.

rts551...Be nice to know some history & meaning of the name differences, if you have it?




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[*] posted on 5-2-2012 at 10:40 AM


They told me that someone brought the sign from Ensenada misspelled. It was put up for 1/2 price.

A cienega is a spring...probably reflecting the green arroyo in nearby Nuevo Rosarito
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[*] posted on 5-2-2012 at 09:54 PM


Roger,

Who are those people in the photo with the Dos Celias?:?::?:




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[*] posted on 5-3-2012 at 07:48 AM
I Plugged "Cienega" into the Online Spanish Dictionary


And the school-marm nagging app told me that it was spelled "Ciénaga". :rolleyes:

Anywhooo, the word means "marsh or bog".




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[*] posted on 5-19-2012 at 05:14 AM


I was on an elk hunt in Arizona once and the guide kept saying we would find elk near the "Senecas"...Finally figured it out....



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[*] posted on 3-21-2013 at 08:04 PM


La Cienega is around Rosarito?
I'll add that to the list too.
Thanks Pompano
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[*] posted on 3-21-2013 at 08:08 PM


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La Cienega is around Rosarito?
I'll add that to the list too.
Thanks Pompano


Hole fuscrud....La Cienega is about 30-40 miles north of Jesus Maria. Cannot vouch for the rooms, but if the café is by the same folks I think it will be okay. Buena suerte.




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[*] posted on 3-21-2013 at 08:11 PM


Thanks Pompano, I accidently posted in both threads.
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[*] posted on 3-21-2013 at 10:10 PM


Thanks for the review Rodger, I'll make sure it's on our list.
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[*] posted on 3-22-2013 at 07:43 AM


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Roger,

Who are those people in the photo with the Dos Celias?:?::?:




exactly what I was going to ask?????????????????
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[*] posted on 3-22-2013 at 08:16 AM


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Quote:
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Roger,

Who are those people in the photo with the Dos Celias?:?::?:




exactly what I was going to ask?????????????????


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Since you ask dear readers, those fellow travelers, Phyl & Scot, are a fine couple met at Olivia & Mark's Buenaventura Café and Casa Coyote. I am told by my secret sources that they provided great company, an exuberant bartender, and expert help driving an extra vehicle. They hail from Vancouver, BC & Newport Beach.

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[*] posted on 3-22-2013 at 01:19 PM


Thats a great place, I always stop on my up or down for lunch.
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[*] posted on 3-22-2013 at 02:00 PM


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Located on Hwy 1 north of Jesus Maria 30-40 miles, mas o menos.

Hey Pompano I was wondering, where Jesus and Maria is located ??
The reason I ask, is because I believe I have seen this place but it was way north of San Quintin. Thank You




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[*] posted on 3-22-2013 at 02:13 PM
luv2fish question help...


Look at the top of this map:



Bigger area, older map...





[Edited on 3-22-2013 by David K]




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[*] posted on 3-28-2013 at 09:27 AM


Thanks..... we always wonder about these places at 100 kh. For fast road food we like Paulinas across hwy from the Pemex in Jesus Maria. She whips up carne asada burros for 20p each and you make them up the way you want them with the sides they pack to go. I like hot salsa and hers makes me cry.
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[*] posted on 4-18-2017 at 09:35 AM


On my February research trip, I noted Restaurant La Cienega (just south of Nuevo Rosarito) with several trucks stopped (good sign), was at Km. 54.5 (between the L.A. Bay Junction and the Eagle Monument/ State Border)... about 25 miles north of Villa Jesus María (Km. 95).



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[*] posted on 4-18-2017 at 09:38 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
On my February research trip, I noted Restaurant La Cienega (just south of Nuevo Rosarito) with several trucks stopped (good sign), was at Km. 54.5 (between the L.A. Bay Junction and the Eagle Monument/ State Border)... about 25 miles north of Villa Jesus María (Km. 95).


Good food, nice ladies. Clean bathrooms as well.




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