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Best Bloody Mary in Ventura on Sundays

Wikipedia says,

A Bloody Mary is a popular cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and combinations of other spices and flavorings including Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, piri piri sauce, beef consommé or bouillon, horseradish, celery, olives, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and celery salt. It has been called “the world’s most complex cocktail”.

It’s just not a Sunday without a zesty Bloody Mary here in Ventura.

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It’s not on Happy Hour but try the pickled Bloody. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Upstairs you can choose your own toppings to somewhat build your own. Add Crab Legs to yours.

Or get the standard $5 Bloody which is just perfect.

Lure

A classic bloody Mary with an extra dash of horseradish.

Boatyard Café at the Harbor – $3

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One of the stiffest Bloody Mary’s out there. It has an herbal flavor. I am guessing there are some extra celery seeds in the mixture.

The Greek

This Bloody make me happy because it’s only $4 in the bar and patio

Peiranos

Classic in a Tumbler but cheap

Winchesters

$4 Bloody Mary. Haven’t tried it yet

Bloody Mary Bar

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Discovery Ventura

Absolut Bloody Mary Bar on Sundays only. $9.95

Social Tap

Build your own, Bloody Mary Bar. They have just about every garnish and hot sauce you can imagine for $7.

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Sunday Bottomless Mimosas

Cheapest mimosas in town. Sometimes I just want to sit, chill, and people watch. Here are my favorite places to do that at.ventura mimosa

Milanos at the Ventura harbor $3

Peiranos $2.50 Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s and Happy Hour all day no less.

Beach House Tacos $3 till 12PM

Boatyard Café at the Harbor $3

805 Bar and Grill $3 Mimosas all day.

The Greek $4 in the bar and patio sat and sun.

 

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Bottomless Mimosas

Whales Tail at the Oxnard Harbor $10

The Waterside at the Oxnard Harbor $15 Also Blood orange Mimosa

Discovery Ventura $13

Hill Street Café add bottomless Mimosas to your regular menu item for only $3!

Alexanders at the Harbor included with the buffet brunch.

Saloon BBQ on Main Street $10

El Rey Cantina on Main Street $15

Sugar Beets Downtown Oxnard $20

 

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Best Michelada in Ventura

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A Micheladas is the perfect beach side cocktail. Some say it is a great hangover cure, arguably  better than a Bloody Mary . A Michelada uses the same spices and seasonings as a Bloody Mary except is made with beer instead of vodka. Typically Micheladas are made with Mexican beers but are not required.

Just writing about the Michelada is making my mouth water. A Michelada is the perfect blend of fizzy, salty, lime.

Over the years I have  seen Micheladas slowly become popular. There are just some places that have been doing them right long enough to be considered far superior to other restaurants. Here are my favorite Micheladas.

Best Micheladas

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El Taqueria Tepatitlan on The Ventura Avenue. shown as the posts featured image.

El Rey Main Street

Cabo Seafood and Grill near Downtown Oxnard

Hopefully my list will grow. let me know where I can try some good Micheladas.

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Ventura Monday Happy Hours

There are plenty of Happy Hours to choose from on Mondays. After the weekend most people are ready to spend the night in. But for those not on a Monday through Friday work week, Monday is as good as anytime to enjoy a cheap break at the bar or restaurant.

Here are some of my favorite deals for Monday in Ventura.

For a complete list of Monday Happy Hours click here:
http://venturadollardining.com/monday/

Ventura Harbor

At the Ventura Harbor you can enjoy Sports night at 805 Bar and Grill. Beers are $3 all night. What we love to do here is order one grilled sandwich which comes with a cup of soup. Then you can add on one extra cup and bam, we have a meal for 2 for super cheap. And it filling.

Rhumb Line has a Burger and Brew deal for $10.

The Greek at the Harbor is worth mentioning because it one of the few Happy Hours that starts at 2!

Downtown

Not too many places have pitchers anymore and when you find a discounted pitcher, you are really getting a good bargain. At Winchesters they take $4 off pitchers for Monday Happy Hour.

Late night Happy Hour or reverse Happy Hour starts at 3 at Saloon BBQ till closing.

Barrelhouse 101 offers Happy Hour all day on Mondays only.

Oxnard

Another Happy Hour that starts early and goes all night is at Sea Fresh at the Oxnard Harbor.

These are some of the more exciting Happy Hours on Monday. See a more complete list with prices and times at http://venturadollardining.com/monday/

 


 

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Best Saturday Happy Hours in Ventura

Saturday is slim pickings for Happy Hours. Nevertheless here are a couple that are worthy.

If you want to see a more complete list with links, click here.

The Pier

Beach House Fish is a rare Happy Hour Find for Saturdays from 2-5.

Grab a seat on the patio and watch the arts and craft vendors on the boardwalk at Alohas.

Downtown

The ever dependable Café Fiore has Happy Hour EVERY day. Even on Saturday.

You can enjoy Happy Hour specials all day at Winchesters. $4 Bloodies and Champagne Cocktails.

Central Ventura

Surf Brewery is our own home beer brewery. You can catch the taco truck here every day too.

This is an odd tidbit, but Bevmo has free tastings on Saturdays from 2-5. They will wave the tasting fee if you make a purchase. Which you probably are going to do anyways if it’s during the 5 cent sale.

 

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Friday Happy Hour Ventura

It’s hard to choose my favorite for Fridays. They are ALL my favorite after a long work week. I will try to narrow it down. Here it goes.

Click here if you want to see a full list with links.

Ventura Harbor

The Greek starts Happy Hour at 2PM and goes until 7. But don’t turn the channel just yet, the belly dancing show starts at 7:30.

We have mastered the art of Brophy’s ceviche. A spoonful on a saltine cracker. Then a squirt of lemon, an dollop of cocktail sauce, a dot of horseradish. A meal for 2 for $6. But you have to get there early. This place is popular. And for good reason.

The Pier

The Beach House Deck has an amazing Reverse Happy Hour from 6- close.

Say Aloha to the week, and Aloha to the weekend! Aloha Steakhouse has a beautiful patio lounge area screened by a glass. There are some yummy appetizers on the HH menu.

Downtown

Café Fiore opens up the Tree house in the back on Friday so there is plenty of seating

Oxnard Collection

Wholefoods Bar Rincon serves up a fish and chips plate fro $10 on Fridays.

Oxnard Harbor

All night is when you can get some amazing Happy Hour food and drinks at Sea Fresh while you watch the passengers board the fishing boats for all night fishing.

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Whale’s Tail Happy Hour at the Oxnard Harbor

Who doesn’t like sitting above the harbor, looking at the water, and watching all the boats arriving or departing for an adventure? The Whales Tail has been around for decades has seen some ups and downs, but there is something that has not changes over the years. The chowder. The only thing that I get a little sad about, is that it doesn’t still come in a little black caldron that had 3 feet and a wire handle. And maybe it’s because I feel nostalgic about coming here as a child, but the chowder is still just as tasty.

Happy Hour
Mon-Fri – 3-7
Saturday – 3-5

Drinks
Selected beers – $3
House wines, well drinks $4
selected cocktails – $5

30% off any bottle of wine.

Food
cup of Chowder $3/bowl $4
Street Tacos $3
Other apps all $6

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Visit Website:

http://www.thewhalestail.com/index.php/happy-hour-drinks

 

 

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Bombay Bar & Grill is Known for Nightlife but it Deserves a Culinary Shout Out.

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This is one of the posts I was extra excited about. Thursday was $2 Slider night and we sure were lucky it was.

 

We also put in the first order of the new Chili Garlic Lime Wings. There was nothing mediocre about anything we tried.

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Bombay has a gourmet selection of burgers that they also prepare as Sliders. These were not typical sports bar Sliders.

Bombay Bar and Grill Burger Menu

The Aztec had a Chili Relleno and a light Tempura crunch. A+
The Chuck Wagon had homemade Chili and the slice of Applewood bacon gave it nice texture. A+
The Nacho Volcano was like a home   made stuffed Jalapeno in the form of a burger with some good spice. A+

Bombay Thursday 2$ Slider
Nacho Volcano Slider

Happy hour is Weekdays 4-7
Thursday Sliders are 2$

IMG_4479_edited Bombay Happy Hour

Bombay Bar and Grill Kitchen

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After Battling the Christmas Chaos in the Stores, I Unwound at Café Fiore for an Amazing $20 Dollars. Look at All We Enjoyed For the Price.

Really, the atmosphere was very calming. Cafe Fiore

$20 for two, we got:

  • mini gourmet pizza
  • bread with bruchetta sauce
  • chicken slider
  • romaine wedge with gorgonzola bacon dressing
  • a glass of wine
  • bottled beer

We like to graze and share so it was enough to call dinner for us. The gourmet pizzas are a steal for $5!

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Whales Tail has been a sailor stop for decades. It’s a nice place to camp and watch the happy boaters come and go.

Whale's Tail

Happy Hour is

Mon – Fri 3-7 PM
Sat 3-5

$3 cub Chowder $4 Bowl

Whale’s Tail has a recipe for New England chowder that has been at the top of the Best Chowder List for decades.

$3 tacos $6 Wings are 2 of the best bargains. The food was average but the view is outstanding!

 

Whale's Tail Happy Hour Menu

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Top Money Saving Deals and Happy Hours of Ventura for 2014

I’ve decided to wrap up Summer by choosing my favorites for the year. Looking forward to discovering all new Happy Hours and gourmet gems around town.

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Favorite Happy Hours

Sea Fresh in Channel Islands Harbor (view post)

Lure Camarillo and Ventura (view post)

Beach House Fish on the Pier in Ventura (view post)

Café Fiore Downtown (view post)

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Best Bloody Mary’s

Beach House Fish – $5 (view post)

Beach House Fish – $9 Build your own Bloody Mary (pictured)

Lure (view post)

Ventura Happy Hour Fish Tacos

Favorite Fish Tacos

Lure Baja Fish Taco $3 (view post)

Beach House Fish (view post)

Beach House Tacos

Ventura Happy Hours

Best Micheladas

Taqueria Tepatitlan $5 (view post)

Ventura Happy Hour Pier View

Best View and/or Atmosphere

Beach House Fish (view post)

The Greek at Ventura Harbor (view post)

Rhumb Line at Ventura Harbor (view post)

Sea Fresh, Channel Island Harbor (view post)

Ventura Happy Hour Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods

Seaward at the 101/Pierpont

Downtown /Main Street

Ventura Pier

Ventura Harbor

Oxnard Harbor

Oxnard along the 101

Coming Soon – 5Points Ventura/Pacific View Mall area , The Avenue, East Ventura,  Oxnard Downtown, Camarillo

 

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Sea Fresh in the Oxnard Harbor has many food and drink items for $3 AND Monday -Friday Happy Hour goes all night.

On the west side of the building there is no offshore chill. The patio has heat lamps anyways. 3-close Monday through Friday!

Notice these prices:
Moscow Mule $6.50
Bud Light Draft $2.50
Mimosa $2.50

Sea Fresh Happy Hour Menu

sea fresh Happy Hour Oysters and Fried Sushi Roll

Happy Hour Santa Fe Roll Cheers Oysters!  $9 and $6

Sea Fresh Oyster Cheers

One Quarter of the blackened Shrimp Quesadilla. $6

Sea Fresh Happy Hour Quesedilla

Half Eaten Happy Hour Nachos. $5

Sea Fresh Happy Hour Nachos

http://seafreshci.weebly.com/happy-hour.html

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Rhumb Line Has a Burger and Beer combo for $9.95 Monday through Friday from 3-7. Sunset and boat watching included.

We had an enjoyable time watching the sailors eying the pretty Bartender.

Rhumb Line Happy Hour Menu

Rumb Line Happy Hour Drink Menu

 

The Moscow Mule wasn’t on the Happy Hour Menu but we have never had one and was curious about the copper container. It was very very refreshing! Not overly sweet or fruity. I think I have a new favorite cocktail.

Rhumb Line Moscow Mule

 

http://rhumblineventura.com/bar/

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Social Tap street tacos $2.50 each. Wine and local drafts are $3.50. Mixed review.

Maybe it was an off day but our experience wasn’t the best. We ordered Hot Wings (B-) and the expediter dropped them without  napkins! It’s really hard to get me to complain and the expediter might have been new, but it’s one of my peeves.  If your going to bring some food to a table, save yourself and the customer some frustration by BRINGING EVERYTHING THAT ONE NEEDS to eat the dish. Hot wings… Hello? at the very  least napkins? Not to mention Hot Wings are traditionally served with Bleu Cheese not Ranch dressing. The other thing that was slightly annoying were the flies, being that the bar is open air, which is nice on one hand, being so close to the beach. It’s probably not something I can complain about, we could have probably moved to a better spot. A ceiling fan would have helped.

If your a Coors Light or Bud Light draft drinker, know that they do not serve that here. We were told that they were not trying to attract that crowd. WOW… Shame that the level of service does not match the ego of the establishment.

On the other hand it was a good value. We ordered Hot Wings and 2 Street Tacos ($2.50 ea.) and was fully fed for dinner.

I’ve had breakfast here and it was really good for $10. I’m really trying to like this place. Maybe it was just an off day.

Social Tap Happy Hour

 

If you like to make your own drink and choose your own garnishes, Sundays they have a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar$7

Social tap Bloody Mary Bar

They do have a “Reverse” Happy Hour on Sundays 4-Close.

http://www.socialtapventura.com/social-hour/

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Tuesday All Day Happy Hour $2 Coors and bud Lt and $3 California Rolls

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They have an ever changing Happy Hour but Tuesday it’s happy  all day!

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Beer, Saki, and Wine only

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http://sushihouseventura.com/ Continue reading Tuesday All Day Happy Hour $2 Coors and bud Lt and $3 California Rolls

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Bombay Summer Specials Happy Hours Downtown

Usually a great music venue but try a burger some time.

Happy Hour Bombays

Normal Happy Hours

Mon – Friday 4-7
Beers $3
Wine $3
Well $3
Appetizers $4-5

Bombays Happy Hour

Fri and Sat 9-10PM
Jamo Hours! $4-5 Jameson Drinks

Bombay Happy Hour

Slider Thursdays at Bombay Bar and Grill

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www.bombaybarandgrill.com

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Cafe Fiore on California Street has an Amazing Happy Hour

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Monday – Friday 3-7
Saturday – Sunday 3-5

Beer – $3-4
Wine $3
Well $5
Mojito, Caiphirina, Margarita, Special $7
All Martinis $5

Food

Mini Pizzas $5
Gourmet Appetizers $5,6,7
Mussels $7 Clams $9
Ahi Sliders $4  Chicken and Lamb Sliders$3

Try the Mexican Pizza. It was excellent.

www.fiorerestaurant.net

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Andres 805 and Grilled Cheese.

A Grilled Cheese for Adults!

These Sandwiches are gourmet and big enough to split. Just add one more cup of soup ($3) and voila!… Dinner for 2–$11

Andres 805 & Grilled Cheese Happy Hour

Nice view of the Harbor.  Music Fri, Sat, and Sun

Daily Specials

Mon Sports night $3 beers all night

Tues Night Trivia, prizes

Wed Ladies Night %25 off ladies tab

Thurs Free Tasting 7-8

Fri Live Music 7-10

Sat Live Music 7-10

Sun Live Music 2-5 $3 champagne all day

http://www.805barandgrilledcheese.com/our-story-1.html

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Happy Hours and happy days at the Captains Lounge at Spinnaker Steak and Seafood at the Ventura Harbor

Bar side only, or in the “Captains Lounge”

This place has a dive bar feel. A place where the real fishermen hang. But also like your at home in your living room.

Normal happy Hour is :

Mon-Friday 3-7
Late Night Happy Hour is Fri/Sat 8-10

Pints 2.5-3.50
Well Drinks 3-50

Spinnaker Seafood Happy Hour

Daily Specials in the Captain’s Lounge 5-8PM

Sunday Prime Rib 12.95 (+2 sides)

Monday Cheeseburger n fries $7.95

Tuesday Shrimp Tacos $12.95 (+2 sides)

Wed Carne Asada $12.95 (+2 sides)

Thurs Half Rack Barbeque Ribs $12.95 (+2 sides)

Spinnaker Seafood Happy Hour

Ventura Bloody Mary Spinnaker Seafood

http://openmenu.com/restaurant/a92cf7b2-f610-11e0-80ac-00163eeae34c

 

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Watermark in Downtown Ventura

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Rooftop

Thursday-Sat (food & drink) 5-7
Sun (food & drink) 1-4

Sunday Funday! 10-4
Bloody Mary $6
Mimosas $4

Watermark Ventura Happy Hour  Menu

Nice Apps for $5
Pork tacos and Shrimp Rolls

Downstairs Wine Bar

Tue-Sat (food & drink) 5-7
Domestic 3
Import 4
Well Liquor 4
House Chard and Cab 5
Call Liquor 6
Food – same as image above
Sun (drinks only) 1-4

Ventura Watermark Happy Hour Menu
Texas Chili

 

http://www.watermarkonmain.com/W20/menu.cfm#happyhour

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Beach House Fish

Ventura Happy Hour Beach House Fish

Happy Hour
Drafts $2.5, House wine $3.5, well drinks $4+
Food assorted apps $6

Mon – Regular Happy Hour 3-6

Tues – 3-Close Regular Happy Hour

Wed -3-6 regular Happy Hour

Wine Down Wed – 3-Close
Special Deal – Half off listed wines

Thurs – Regular Happy Hour 3-6
Special – Burgers n Brews 3-Close

Friday Regular Happy Hour 6-Close

Sat
Reg Happy Hour 2-5
Special – Mimosas all day $6

Sunday Regular Happy Hour 3-6
Special – Bloody Mary All day
choose your liquor and protein garnish, Shrimp crab leg, bacon and choice of fruit

Ventura Happy Hour  Bloody Mary Beach House Fish, the Deck

Regular happy hour 3-6

 

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Barrel House 101 has 101 Beer taps on the wall, gastropub fare, and a happy hour deal

All Day Monday
and $2 Tuesdays! off selected Pints until they run out.

Regular Happy Hour
Tues through Friday 4-7
$1 off Beers and Samplers
$5 Cosmos, Margaritas, Lemon Drops
$8 gourmet burgers
$3 Truffle fries? Please someone tell me what those are like.
If you want to make this happy hour work for you better, I would split a giant burger.

Ventura Barrel 101 Happy Hour Menu

Came in looking for our favorite bartender, Garret, who is so knowledgeable and friendly.

Barrel House 101 Happy Hour

$2 Tuesdays! off selected Pints until they run out.

What is YOUR favorite beer? They’ve got it here I think.
http://www.barrelhouse101.com/

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Lure Oyster Bar, Sunday all day Happy Hour, fine appetizers at a great deal!

 

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Ventura Happy Hour Lure

It’s hard to go anywhere else. I’m just now starting to get into Oysters. Blue Points are a good place to start.

Ventura Happy Hour Lure Oysters

The Sourdough is freshly baked. The Fish Tacos on the hh appetizer menu are a meal for $3

Ventura Happy Hour Lure Menu

I think I’ve been here at least 30 times.

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Discovery Happy Hour (Mon-Sat 4-6) (Sun 3-close)

Ventura Happy Hour Discovery Menu

 

This was the first time for me here. It seemed OK for me only because the Happy Hour drinks were only discounted to $5. They had a simple selection of wines beer and well drinks on the Happy Hour Menu. I had the Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc which was very nice. The pour was generous. I guess I shouldn’t complain. And the service was very attentive on the patio.

When I first arrived I asked everybody to move a table over because the guy playing guitar and singing was jarringly loud.

One of my pet peeves are:  Guys who use an amplifier when everybody he is playing to is within 30 feet.

Somebody else must have said something because by the end of visit the volume was more tolerable and I was actually enjoying it.
Or, I was readjusted because of the libations.

Ventura Happy Hour Discovery Nachos

The Nachos were pretty good. I think $5 was a fair price. We did add steak on one and chicken on the other but I forgot to see how much was charged for it. the tortilla chips tasted home made and held up to the toppings.

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I’d like to try some bowling some time here.

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Ventura Happy Hour Discovery Sunday Brunch

 

http://www.discoveryventura.com

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Taqueria Tepatitlan – Its always Happy Hour. $5 Micheladas all day! Ventura Ave.

I’ve only found a few places or random bartenders that make good Micheladas. Here is one of the top 3. From the outside, you would never guess that there was a bar and a restaurant here. This is a hidden gem. Restaurants on the avenue are generally more authentic when it comes to Mexican food. This one has dishes that would please the native as well as the occasional enchilada eater.

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We tested both Modelo Negra and Modelo Especial. We both agreed that the darker one more flavorful.

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The World Cup was on in the bar side and I image this is a good place to watch futbol any time.

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http://taqueriatepatitlan.com

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