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Yuma update Fall 2001

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Yuma update Fall 2001

e.d. | Nov 9, 2001 10:43 AM

I'm busy at the moment, but I did want to post a short message about changes in the Yuma food scene since this is the time of year that we are getting our regular influx of winter visitors. For any Yuman new the the Chowhound boards, please look at my past postings.

For adventurous chowhounds looking for something different: The lunch counter in Sant Drug (long known for great burgers and the best milkshakes in town) now is serving a Puerto Rican lunch special Monday-Friday. If you've never eaten Puerto Rican food, this is a treat. The cuisine features elements from the Mediterranean (such as olives and capers) plus African, and American flavors/textures.

The main addition to the Mexican scene is Mi Playita. Located in the cursed Thunderbird Plaza on 4th Ave, a location that has swallowed up two other Mexican restaurants in the last year, Mi Playita is the real thing. Owned and operated by Pepe (owner of El Zarape on 8th St), this place features many of the favorite dishes from his other location. But 3 dinners featuring a tomatillo sauce (Lengua, Puerco, and Adobo) are all new and outstanding. And his shrimp ceviche (called camerones en aguachile) is also different and interesting. Patronize this place! The food is good and the prices are friendly!

I haven't eaten at The Monarch's Rest often enough to do more than just note that Yuma now has a brew pub with a diverse and interesting menu. Unfortunately, on my first visit (right after they opened on a Friday night with a large party), the service was the WORST I've ever encountered. People tell me it is better now, and I will say the food--when it finally showed up--was interesting. Someday I will be back.

Yummy Yummy (in the Palm Plaza on Ave A) still has far and away the best Chinese food in town, though the atmosphere and service are mediocre at best.

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