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[*] posted on 3-9-2017 at 05:36 PM
Halfway house


Someone recommended Chef Johnny at Halfway house. Fill me in. Search shows nothing.



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[*] posted on 3-9-2017 at 07:11 PM


Better try again, I just entered Chef Johnny, all forums, and three pages full of posts popped up!

http://forums.bajanomad.com/search.php?token=&srchtxt=Ch...




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[*] posted on 3-9-2017 at 09:17 PM
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Here's what TripAdvisor has to say: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150774-d91365...
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[*] posted on 3-9-2017 at 09:47 PM
And There is a Video on YouTube


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[*] posted on 3-10-2017 at 12:07 PM


Lobster was good and lots of food.
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[*] posted on 3-10-2017 at 02:05 PM
Pretty happy we stopped there


We've been twice in the last couple of years.

Food was good, we thought prices fair, the bar made a good drink or two.

View is nice and the chef came to our table and talked a short while. Overall we"d recommend to stop, have a meal, and see what you think.

We'd stop again.

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[*] posted on 3-10-2017 at 02:24 PM


Do the owners/managers/employees still have Egyptian first names?

15 or so years ago I use to frequent the place as they had the best Cadillac Margarita's.

They said their Mexican father was somehow involved in the Egypt consulate (or something like that) and the parents named them all very traditional Egyptian names.

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[*] posted on 3-10-2017 at 02:26 PM


Weebray, you getting all this?
Chef Johnny was the President of Mexico's personal chef before his position as head chef of a San Francisco establishment.
We have not eaten there in a few years, but only because we have been using Hwy. 5 to travel.




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[*] posted on 3-10-2017 at 03:00 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Howard  
Do the owners/managers/employees still have Egyptian first names?

15 or so years ago I use to frequent the place as they had the best Cadillac Margarita's.

They said their Mexican father was somehow involved in the Egypt consulate (or something like that) and the parents named them all very traditional Egyptian names.

Strange but true story

[Edited on 3-10-2017 by Howard]


bet thats Rada who now owns Score 33, him and his brother both have Egyptian names. the margies are called the "golden cadillac"....can't say im a huge fan of the place but certainly worthwhile to visit one of the area's old time baja joints.
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[*] posted on 3-11-2017 at 07:28 AM


So, is the chef at the Halfway House still? We have never been and it sounds like we should try it out.



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[*] posted on 3-11-2017 at 10:50 AM


Still what?
Still there? That's what everyone is saying. I would like to go back!

My photos of the Halfway House and Chef Johnny:



Chef Johnny and David K, Jan. 22, 2006

May 2007, with Antonio and family and BajaRob and Connie, after the Pyramid Resort Booksigning:






Flash didn't work, but you can see the ocean view there.


Antonio's daughter, about a year old.


In July, 2010:




Filet mignon and Chicken Cordon Bleu (with Caesar salad and cheesecake) and three cokes... total cost $28!







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[*] posted on 3-11-2017 at 11:14 AM


My roommate lives in Campo Lopez, just south of Halfway House. She mostly goes to Splash, as the HH has fallen off in quality. I guess the owner makes so much money of the properties just south that he does not care much about the restaurant anymore.

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[*] posted on 3-11-2017 at 11:18 AM


Quote: Originally posted by John Harper  
My roommate lives in Campo Lopez, just south of Halfway House. She mostly goes to Splash, as the HH has fallen off in quality. I guess the owner makes so much money of the properties just south that he does not care much about the restaurant anymore.

John


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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 07:14 PM


I don't live in Campo López, and my roommate doesn't either. But I've known Johnny for a quarter of a century and I seriously doubt that he's the landlord of any properties in that area.

Once upon a time he told me that the owner of Halfway House recruited him from a hotel in Tecate to come run the place. That statement is consistent with the place's history (somnolent until the mid-90s). He also told me that he trained his wife to run the kitchen, which is also consistent with the place's subsequent history (he was always in the front of the house).

I haven't seen him in about five years, though, and have been thinking kind thoughts.




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