Casa Marcelo: The best way to brunch in Ensenada
A lot of our day trips, and even overnights in Baja are consumed by a lot of street food stops. I mean, with so many great mariscos, and taco stops, how can you resist? We almost always try to at least make a visit at one sit down restaurant during our mini adventures. Casa Marcelo is a quaint little gem in Ensenada offering up some beautifully hearty dishes with ingredients sourced locally from Valle de Guadalupe and Ojos Negros. The world renowned Cava de Marcelo, and the cows on property of Rancho La Campana, provide its Ramonetti cheeses to the restaurant.
Speaking of cheese, the first little dish that comes to the table of fresh ricotta, studded with mini dollops of citrusy avocado, and green herbs was so hard to stop eating. Oh, and try adding the smokey salsa that comes along side. So delicious!
We ordered up a few savory dishes, to get little taste of everything. The Chilaquiles Verdes, Plato Marcelo, Huevos de Cazuela en Salsa Verde, and a Tostada de Carne en su Jugo. Chilaquiles are one of my all time favorite breakfasts/brunch dishes, and this one did not disappoint. The incredibly fresh Ramonetti cheese, and crema were such a nice addition. Not to mention, that the eggs were cooked to perfection, and that runny yolk combined with the tangy salsa verde, and crispy tortillas chips are what breakfast dreams are made of. The borrego tatemado is topped with more of those gorgeous eggs, grilled cactus, and of course fresh queso fresco. The eggs in salsa verde bits of chicharrón, and squash was scooped into fresh corn tortillas, which were the perfect size to have more than one, and without getting too full at the same time. That beef tostada, with its tiny morsels of hominy was one of my favorites of the day. There’s just something about those textures that work so well together.
If you have any little space left at all, their dessert menu is more than tempting. Don’t forget to grab some Ramonetti cheeses at the counter on your way out.