4580 University Ave.
City Heights, CA
By Judi Curry
One of the best times of my life was from 1967-1980. Every summer we would pack up the boat, the cars, and head to Mexico to camp in a very primitive area opposite Estero Beach in Ensenada. I could regale you with tales of our annual visits, but this review is not about Tony’s Camp. Rather it about the wonderful experience my youngest – Stephanie – and I had today visiting the SuperMercado Murphy.
When we ran out of food at Tony’s, we had to take the boat to the mainland and shop in Ensenada. We usually shopped at “Lemon” and it was always fun. The items offered were different than the ones in the US, and we would spend many hours just looking around. Today took us back to those days in Mexico.
The SuperMercado Murphy is a market; an eating establishment; a butcher shop, etc. When you look at the pictures posted with this article they explain the way it is much better than I can with words.
Stephanie and I already knew we were going to have lunch here. We did some shopping – and then came across the eating area, which is in the back of the store. Check out the menu. Prices reasonable; nice selection.
Except I ordered a tamale and they were out of them. Then I ordered an enchilada and they were out of them also. I settled on a Carne Asada burrito while Stephanie had a carnitas plate.
They were both wonderful. We walked over to the salsa counter – have you ever seen so many different kinds of salsa? – and picked out a couple to go with our meal. They let us taste them before we decided on what to have.
We decided that we needed to have a drink with our meal and they had many homemade beverages, beginning with Horchata, Melon (cantaloupe), Watermelon, etc. I opted for the Melon, that was served cold with tiny little bits of cantaloupe in the mixture, while Stephanie had the watermelon that had an interesting spice that we could not identify. Both drinks were delicious. Our meal was very good, and it only cost us $15 with tip.
After eating, we roamed the aisles we had missed before and came across the meat section in the back. Everything looked wonderful. The pork chops were so thick that one could have served a family of 4. Both Stephanie and I bought some Carne Asada, and she also bought the makings for fajitas. Then we went back to the counter and bought a kilo of fresh, warm corn tortillas. I couldn’t pass by the Mexican rolls – Bolillos – and bought those also.
When Stephanie checked out her bill total was $14. She said, “where else could you get this much food for such a small price?” My total was $27.07 and I concurred. Besides foodstuff I purchased a cleaning agent I cannot find in San Diego; a bottle of orange soda that Monica likes, and several cans of Mango Nectar.
The day was fun; so much so I can’t wait to go there with my other daughters. And, if any of you want to go, let me go. I will join you!