Jardines de San Juan Restaurant: Cool off on a sunny afternoon
What is the best thing on a hot summer afternoon? A large glass of water and a pitcher of margaritas! We stopped in at Jardines de San Juan, a Mexican restaurant we noticed tucked off the main street. The heat had killed our appetites so we just enjoyed drinks with complimentary chips and homemade salsas. The dinner crowd began to arrive and watching the food go by nearly changed our minds. This is a definite stop for a full meal on our next trip!
The pitcher of blended strawberry margaritas came to about $16 and was a little bit more than could fill 4 glasses. We peeked at the menu and dinner entrees were reasonable priced with a wide variety of selections.
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Matxain Etxea: Best Basque Restaurant
I went to this restaurant to celebrate my birthday and I had the most wonderful experience. the food was excellent. My friends and I decided to have the traditional tapas and pintxos (appetizers). Then we had paella and other chef's specials so we could share and try more plates. Their lamb was the best lamb I've had in all my life and the prices were very reasonable. The atmosphere was very cozy and the owners are there all the time. they make you feel like you are in their home. You get great service; --they even gave me a birthday cake and a wine in the traditional "bota”. The house wine is really good and a very good price. My husband and I will celebrate our anniversary soon and definitely we will go there to celebrate.
Favorite Dish: The Lamb Shank
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Jardines de San Juan Restaurant
This fantastic restaurant in an old theater opened in 1977 and has been owned by the same family ever since. We arrived one hot summer afternoon just for drinks, and were very impressed with the beautiful outdoor setting, tasty drinks, and the large crowds that began to gather early on a Saturday evening. We shared a pitcher of margaritas (about $16 for maybe six small glasses of tasty blended strawberry) and the complimentary chips with two kinds of salsas. I would definitely come back here for dinner on my next visit to San Juan Bautista.
A Taste of Europe: To go coffee and chocolate desserts
We were there during the grand opening of this tiny San Juan Bautista coffeehouse. The theme is mainly Spanish, and one can find Spanish chocolates, marzapan, and turron de Jijona. The choice of coffees and teas is fairly wide, and blended ice coffee is available. The choice of cheese cakes, crema Catalana, ice creams, and other deserts is also quite good for such a tiny shop. The antique style makes for a pleasant place to sit down, although the proprietors will package your food to do.
Favorite Dish: I had a chocolate cheesecake of some kind that was sinfully rich. The iced coffee was a great pick-me-up equal to the best at Starbucks. Due to its rarity, I'd normally buy a box of turron, but we passed on that last occasion there.
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