Puerto Nuevo Mexico-Lobster

January 3, 2008

I went to Puerto Nuevo, Mexico, last week for the first time in 20 years (still getting used to talking about experiences from 20 years ago). If you haven't heard of it, Puerto Nuevo is about 30 minutes south of Tijuana in the Mexican state of Baja California.

Famous for Lobster, the town is largely a tourist destination with about 50 different restaurants that specialize in the crustacean. These aren't like Maine lobsters, they are California Spiny Lobsters, which have no big claws, but more tail and body meat. They are good eatin'! The prices range from $15 for a small (~1lb) lobster, up to $35 for a 3-4 pounder. All the restaurants there serve them with chips & salsa, rice, beans, tortillas and lotsa lime. You can choose from various cooking methods, including steamed, grilled and fried. The Place we visited even offered a Thermidor preparation, but we chose grilled. Check out my lobster slideshow....

A new favorite lobster blog: http://www.scrawlingclaw.com

and a really funny one by employees of Red Lobster: http://rlserver.blogspot.com/



Del Schnell's picture

I liked your photos. Unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to add them to my collection of food porn.

But maybe my friend "chiff0nade" will be able to tell me how as soon as she gets back to the trailer park.

Barnaby Dorfman's picture


Glad you liked 'em. Here are all of my pictures from that meal on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bdorfman/tags/langosta/

I have them all in the Creative Commons, with the broadest license, so use as you wish!

Cathy C's picture

I used to love to go down there - But sadly times just south of the border have changed and it is no longer a safe place. The lobsters down there are amazing, huge and cheap!!


foodluvin's picture

Man I so wanna do a Puerto trip! This article inspires me to brave the paramilitary bandits and just go for it!

Heather's picture

Holy yum. I miss Mexico too.

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