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Mt. Signal Cafe - "puffy" quesadillas

At the intersection of SR98 and Brockman Road, 7.5 miles west of Calexico, is the former location of the unique "Mount Signal Cafe", currently closed. The business was shown on an episode of "California's Gold". For over 30 years we always made sure to stop here on our way to and from the Colorado River. This 50-year-old restaurant flourished in the era when Mexicali and Tijuana were rivals for the best bullfighters and bulls north of Mexico City. The owner's mom, Maria de Jesus, was a banderillera, known to fans as "Manolita," a member of perhaps the only female bullfighting team ever. Surrounded by hundreds of bullfighting photos, you could enjoy traditional casera (homestyle) Mexican dishes and cold cerveza. We used to keep our eyes open for the old matadors and other locals who would stop in. And of course, the amazing puffy quesadillas!!! Ah, sweet nostalgia...

Jul 19, 2011
halfmarke in California