Food and drink
The original Hussong’s in Ensenada, Baja California (this is the first restaurant outside Mexico), claims to be the birthplace of the margarita, and you won’t care whether that’s true when you taste these – they’re incredibly strong and not too sweet. But it’s the food that’s really special here – there’s an extensive menu covering everything from “gringo food” (burritos) to hard core Mexican dishes such as tongue and bone marrow tacos.
My absolute must haves? The Elote Plazero – cheesy, spicy corn on the cob makes the best starter imaginable – and the main course of grilled half chicken with a membrillo glaze, sweetcorn mash and spicy sauce. Divine.
Super-relaxed and fun – on weekends, there’s even a mariachi band who’ll croon anything you like, from traditional Mexican songs to Michael Jackson. It can get a bit rowdy on weekends, but it’s more of a fun rowdiness than an irritating one.
Variable. I’ve always found the door staff to be charming but sometimes the service has been slow. Also, I always end up landing the relentlessly fake friendly waitress, which gets on my wick.
It’s part of The Shoppes At Mandalay Place, which connect Mandalay Bay and Luxor, so just south of the Strip proper. It’s worth the hike, though.
Starters from US$4.95, mains from US$11.95. Excellent value.
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