This month has been another feeding frenzy that took me from guac, pizza and stealing Jose’s fries at Boo Bar…to an amazing dinner at MOO’s Grand Opening…to Chef Mickey’s phenomenal shrimp and dates in gorgonzola sauce…to lobster at Mario’s and San Remedio in Guerrero Negro…to date shakes and Enchiladas Suiza in San Ignacio…then back to Guerrero Negro for Tony’s shrimp tacos…and finally home to Rocky Point for more shrimp and dates and macadamia nut crusted flounder at Mickey’s…oh, and then to Mary’s for leftover “Mary’s Chicago Style” pizza from Cheiky’s. (Yes, we do dine and hang out together…a lot!) I’m going to throw in a couple photos from Chef Mickey’s and MOO and will catch you up on their superb food and all the others next month, but this month we’re going to feature Mario and Alicia’s excellent dinner at Garufa’s. I was over on the Baja, so I didn’t get to go, but Mary and I plan to go soon, don’t we Mary? (haha)

Garufa Steakhouse is the place to go if you are looking for great ambience and a fantastic steak, not to mention their great wine selection. You can choose your own bottle or leave it up to Captain and Sommelier Edgar Salgado, who can suggest the perfect wine to compliment your dinner. Ask him about their 2008 Spanish Veronia Gran Reserva Wine that you can’t find anywhere.

Their server for the night was Angel who brought them fresh baked bread with butter and Argentina red salsa, chimichurri and aluvias or white bean salsa. Chef Oscar Castañon prepared and presented everything perfectly from their appetizers to main dishes. They started off the night with shrimp empanadas, beef carpaccio and clam chowder in a sourdough bowl, all of which were excellent, of course.

Mario ordered the Argentinian Tenderloin (Lomo Argentino) which is served with a side of mushrooms in red wine sauce. For Alicia’s main course she ordered the Cowboy Steak with whole sea salt. Her steak was served with grilled onion, jalapeño and a side of asparagus.

To top off the evening they opted for apple strudel and delicious Dulce de Leche Crepes flamed with liquor and Carajillo, which is Spanish Liquor 43 and Café Espresso – she said it was not sweet, but very good.

They had a great evening and said that the service and attention was top notch. Upon entering the restaurant, they issue you hand sanitizer and take your temperature as most local businesses are doing now.

Garufa is open 7 days a week: Sunday through Thursday 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM; and Friday and Saturday from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Reservations can be made by calling (638) 688-0101 and they are located at Sandy Beach on Paseo Las Olas #2.

1. Lamb Lollipops at MOO

2. Blackened Grouper at MOO

3. Shrimp and Dates in Gorgonzola Sauce at Chef Mickey’s

4. Bone Marrow at MOO