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Very few restaurants in this country can brag about the view this one, located basically in the middle of nowhere, has. On the one side, the caves where the local fishermen put their fishing equipment for the night, the mountain with little vegetation: cacti and other dry climate plants. On the other one, the Caribbean Sea towards Cabo Rojo and Cabo Falso.
Rancho Típico is a good place for a pit stop to eat the fresh fish and seafood at amazing prices while sipping a cold one or 2 and enjoying the sea view. They even have a tiny patch of sand where you can see and dip your feet into the water at.
The restaurant itself is what I'd consider a typical, informal place: wooden tables and plastic chairs and the building is made of wood with palma cana roof - easy to maintain and ready to put you in the mood for some swimming, bathing and taking it easy. The decorations are very "taíno" influenced with paintings and wooden statues and masks.
The food is taken right out of the same waters that you'll see, sort of like from the water to the frying pan and to your plate. Their price is by the pound, but where else can you find lobster for 500 pesos (about 14 US) a pound, cooked the way you want it? And not a small lobster either! And with that view!
If you want to go to Bahía de las Águilas, they can arrange boat tours there, as well as snorkeling trips.
Plus points for the cute and friendly kitty they have.
Favorite Dish: Danny had a serving of grilled sea bass fillet with fries and salad. Total bill = 300 pesos (about 8.50 US). We had brought a Coca Cola we bought at a colmado and let us have it there, but normally they don't do that.
Updated Apr 30, 2009
Address: Comunidad Turística La Cueva
Phone: 809-474-3408, 809-753-8058
Jalicar was recommended to us by the hotel. The setting is very simple: wood tables and plastic chair but there's a lot of space and it felt roomy. They had cable TV that we could "see" because they played music at the same time. I was sincerely hoping they didn't have bachata (very typical Dominican music that I DON'T like) blasting from the speakers and my wishes came true when they were playing boleros at a decent level.
We were there in mid-week and besides us there was another table enjoying a cold one. There was no host, no menu and no waiting for your table, so we got in and asked the waitress for their specials of the day. Besides chicken they had fresh fish from Bahía and surrounding areas.
I'm not a fan of chicken, but that was THE tastiest breast chicken I've ever tasted, and the tostones were to die for...and the beer was cold - all in all what I was looking for.
Because they don't seem to have a menu, ask how much what you want to eat costs, although I don't think you'll get a surprise (of the bad kind) with your bill. People in Pedernales are very kind and honest.
This is also the eating choice of a very good friend and his wife, and we have similar tastes.
Favorite Dish: We had 2 servings of grilled chicken breast with tostones (fried green plantains) and a large beer to split. Our total bill was 520 pesos (roughly 15 US).
Updated Apr 30, 2009
Address: Calle Libertad