After our trip to the U.S. Consulate in TJ, we were starving.
Our friendly parking attendant at the consulate told us to go to "The Sombrero" and he pointed off to the left at Aguacaliente Blvd.
I am usually not successful at getting the Growling Gourmet to try new places, but, he was in a good mood today. We drove by it and he actually agreed to turn around and go back.
The building is literally shaped like a sombrero, painted brown.
The parking attendant at the restaurant guided us in, past several expensive cars (SUV's, Mercedes and BMW's).
At 10:45 am on a Friday morning, the restaurant was packed with businessmen with briefcases and iPads and with well-dressed, well-manicured and coiffed ladies-who-lunch.
We went through the usual hassle at a new place - "You can't bring a dog in here!" They called the manager, we gave him a copy of the Mexican Federal Law regarding service dogs. He read the document very carefully and then looked up and said, "You win." He also asked if he could make a copy for his own future reference.
We ordered an omelette and chile relleno plate. Both were good, but the fantastic, best tasting dish was the fruit plate - sliced apples (green and red), watermelon, papaya, pear and strawberries with cottage cheese and walnuts with granola sprinkles. The cafe americano was good and the cafe de la olla was excellent.
And yes, you can order an ostrich egg omelette and/or an ostrich steak ("bajo in colesterol and rica en omega 3')
We had a delicious meal, with great service, and before we left, Miguel, the manager, gave us a beautiful, four-color handout promoting "Chiles en Nogada".
El Portrero Restaurante and Bar
Blvd. Salinas #4700 Colonia Aviacion
Tijuana, B.c., Mexico
Tel: (664) 686-3626/971-0031
Abierto Lunes a Domingo, 7am a 12am