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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 12:26 PM
Mama Espinoza Restaurant report!


Sad:( Loved eating there over the years.
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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 12:42 PM


That is really sad to have such a historic place fall so low. But I guess the family did not have the same feelings for it that mama had.
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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 12:50 PM


Nothing (almost nothing) stays the same forever.
I wish Antonio could get his Baja Cactus restaurant open as fast as he got fire engines!
I guess Ed's Baja's Best is the spot for breakfast burritos still? Tacos Mision is gone, until Hugo rebuilds it again. The Sinahi (formerly La Bocana Beach) Restaurant was good a while back. There are many other places... We need more Nomad restaurant reviews for El Rosario!




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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 12:59 PM


Feliz Ano Nuevo Udo ! Did they sell the motel and property or the restaurant as a concession ? I think Rolie and the Fam do care, hopefully some negative feedback will help.


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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 01:09 PM


I always felt the best part of mama's was browsing around all the off road memorabilia, not the food!
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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 01:17 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Udo  
After a 50+ year tradition ...it's a historic stop, but since the matriarch passed away last year, the restaurant took a major downhill!!!

...When we stopped for breakfast at about 8 a.m. we were the only ones in the restaurant and two huevos rancheros breakfasts took us an hour to get from the kitchen. And on top of that the eggs were served cold. The only food item served warm were the tortillas!

...since Mama Espinoza passed away, the restaurant was sold. They changed the iconic menu and all food items.

Therefore my recommendation for this restaurant is a no-go. Buy your gas at Baja Cactus, and perhaps spend the night there.

The local taco stands are probably better than the restaurant!!



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Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Motel Turista (at the far southbound end of town near the bridge) has been the #2 choice, we stayed there twice when Baja Cactus was full.

Across from Turista is Ed's Baja's Best Bed & Breakfast + Restaurant and Bar. You may want to check out his place if you like B&Bs? I think he has 3 or 4 nicely furnished rooms... Price is higher than Baja Cactus or Turista, but it includes breakfast!

The motel with the RV park behind and restaurant in front is the Motel Sinahi. Maybe rated #3 or 4 in town, depending if Mama Espinoza's Las Cabanas motel condition is good.

[Edited on 9-4-2015 by David K]



We stayed at Mama's motel about three years ago and the rooms were as awful as it can get: roaches, ants, spiders.. it was a zoo, dirty toilet and shower, cigarette butts on the floor, stinky room... the following two years we have stayed at BajaCactus and what a whole difference it is and for the price it's a no brainier at all!!! the place is awesome!!! However we would like to try another place this year, I think its the Sinai that I recall from a post earlier this year here on the forum, it seems like they have good food as well.

Unfortunately Mama's restaurant is not "what it used to be" and the service is very poor, worse as time passes, its a great place full of memoirs but I think that unfortunately the grandson that has taken it over just doesn't care that much for the place... no hay amor...:no:



We stopped eating there about three years ago when the grandson was supposedly running the place... running the place he was ...but into the ground...!!! We had an identical experience as Udo.




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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 01:18 PM


Yes, I haven't really been impressed the last few stops there either. I've been holding out to Rosarito south of Catavina for Mauricios.





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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 01:29 PM


Quote: Originally posted by BooJumMan  
Yes, I haven't really been impressed the last few stops there either. I've been holding out to Rosarito south of Catavina for Mauricios.



Just south of Mauricio's there's La Suegra on the east side of the highway: its a truck stop dinner, we stopped there for fresh "café de calcetín" or also some call it: "café de talega" (fresh brewed pour over coffee) on our way back during Thanksgiving and the place was packed with what seemed locals and of course many truckers... it was morning and watching the breakfast plates served on the tables was very tempting, looked delicious and the portions were big... but we were headed to Mauricio's for burritos on the go...

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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 02:10 PM


Sadly reminds me of another institution you "old timers" may remember - Carmelita's tamales in Jesus Maria. Many a cold winter I started dreaming of her tamales soon after leaving El Rosario. One really cold windy winter afternoon I sat with her in her camper while she fed me hot wonderful tamales and sang me a song. Her son runs the "operation" now and it's truly dreadful.



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Quote: Originally posted by weebray  
Sadly reminds me of another institution you "old timers" may remember - Carmelita's tamales in Jesus Maria. Many a cold winter I started dreaming of her tamales soon after leaving El Rosario. One really cold windy winter afternoon I sat with her in her camper while she fed me hot wonderful tamales and sang me a song. Her son runs the "operation" now and it's truly dreadful.


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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 03:46 PM


I did not ask that question, therefore my answer is I don't know...I apologize!


Quote: Originally posted by BajaRat  
Feliz Ano Nuevo Udo ! Did they sell the motel and property or the restaurant as a concession ? I think Rolie and the Fam do care, hopefully some negative feedback will help.


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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 04:27 PM


Sigh... the end of an era. Her lobster burritos were decadently delicious: dripping with butter, served with rice & beans, big enough to provide an additional "to go" snack to eat down the road...

My cholesterol levels increase just reminiscing about those meals.




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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 04:55 PM


I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience Udo. Mama's has been run by mama's daughter Roly for years and she still runs it. I was in El Rosario during November and ate in the kitchen every day for two weeks. The same cooks who have been there for a long time are still cooking. I personally did not see a problem with the cooks or wait staff while I was there. I did notice that prices had gone up and the lobster was a little more scarce than normal. I hope you don't give up on mama's place and give it another chance. David.
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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 05:21 PM


We ate there about a month ago when we last drove North and it seemed pretty much the same. Same staff that we are used to and the service was acceptable (about as good as it ever is at Mama's) and the food was good. Still an easy dinner when staying at Baja Cactus so I hope it manages to maintain acceptable quality/service. Once we settle into our room it's nice not to have to get in the car to drive anywhere for food.



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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 05:28 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Nothing (almost nothing) stays the same forever.
I wish Antonio could get his Baja Cactus restaurant open as fast as he got fire engines!
I guess Ed's Baja's Best is the spot for breakfast burritos still? Tacos Mision is gone, until Hugo rebuilds it again. The Sinahi (formerly La Bocana Beach) Restaurant was good a while back. There are many other places... We need more Nomad restaurant reviews for El Rosario!


Antonio is building a restaurant? That's great, I don't know of any really good food available in ER. Let's hope his restaurant construction goes better than the infamous bathroom remodel.




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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 06:27 PM


Yes, now with Mama gone, I think Antonio feels no disrespect in building a restaurant with a real restaurant manager and quality chef. As you all know, when Antonio does something, it is done to a high standard.

The Pemex bathroom expansion would have been completed long before it was if there was not the bureaucracy of a HUGE government controlled mess that is Pemex, holding up this simple expansion.




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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 08:48 PM


the food there's fine you first-world prima donas!

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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 08:55 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Udo  
After a 50+ year tradition of making several stops there on our trips North as well as South, we have to stop going there for food.
I know it's a historic stop, but since the matriarch passed away last year, the restaurant took a major downhill!!!

We stopped there dozens of times, in the past, for their crab soup, which in my opinion was one of the best and iconic foods in Baja.
When we stopped for breakfast at about 8 a.m. we were the only ones in the restaurant and two huevos rancheros breakfasts took us an hour to get from the kitchen. And on top of that the eggs were served cold. The only food item served warm were the tortillas!
I returned the eggs and they warmed them up in the microwave which did heat them up, but then the yolks were hard-boiled.
We paid for the food and left disgusted.

I asked one of the locals as to what happened to the restaurant, and was told that since Mama Espinoza passed away, the restaurant was sold. They changed the iconic menu and all food items.

Therefore my recommendation for this restaurant is a no-go. Buy your gas at Baja Cactus, and perhaps spend the night there.

The local taco stands are probably better than the restaurant!!


The food and service were abysmal 10 years ago, and you have been warned many times in review here and I am sure elsewhere. You are lucky you did not get a case of the trots!




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[*] posted on 1-4-2017 at 10:55 PM


Food and service has been crap for years at Mama's. In fact, I don't recall ever getting a meal worth its value there.

If you want a great meal in El Rosario, head east out of town. On the south side of the road, past the old military complex, you'll find La Pasadita...unless of course there are a few tractor trailers in front. The ladies have been cooking for years now and the place just keeps growing. You will get a great meal and a very good price.




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