What’s a beach day without great food? White Rock is a bustling little town, filled with wonderful small businesses, bars, breweries, cafes and authentic Mexican cuisine.
On Marine Drive alone you’ll find three Mexican restaurants all serving up their own unique and delicious dishes. Picking a spot may be too difficult to choose–so may I suggest a little beach day food tour? Make it a Mexican restaurant crawl, and check out the listed options below.
By Brittany Tiplady
Alebrijes Kitchen + Bar
15077 Marine Dr, White Rock
Whether you’re dining in, or grabbing takeout for a beach picnic, Alebrijes is an excellent choice for authentic Mexican street cuisine. Alebrijes is owned by a Mexican family that came to Canada 6 years ago with a goal to bring the joys of Mexican food to their new home. On the dine-in and takeout menu you’ll find delicious classics like Tacos Al Pastor and Ceviche de Camaron, all prepared by Canadian and Mexican chefs who source local, fresh ingredients. If you wish to dine-in, Alebrijes’ tequila menu and cocktails are next level.
Follow them on Instagram for weekly specials and cocktail spotlights.
Primos Mexican Grill
15069 Marine Dr, White Rock
Primos has been a family-run establishment since 1959, founded by former BC Lions player Primo Villanueva, and later passed down to Primo’s grandchildren, who reopened and revived the establishment as 3rd generation owners in 2017. Be sure to come to Primo’s with a big appetite, their menu is abundant with hearty, beloved dishes–Crispy Taco and Enchilada combos, Quesadillas, Burritos, Jalapeño Poppers, all to be enjoyed with a fine selection of tequilas.
Zapoteca Mexican Grill
15495 Marine Dr, White Rock
Lauded as the best happy hour in White Rock, Zapotec serves creative, authentic, Mexican food inspired by the Zapotec indigenous civilization. Enjoy traditional and popular culinary works of Oaxaca, and southern Mexican regions, with beautiful high price dishes like Risotto de Mar, Arrachera Steak, and Halibut Al Pastor. Back to happy hour: 2-5 PM, Monday-Friday offers cocktail specials and $11 tapas. Come hungry! Follow them on Instagram for updates.
(East Beach) 15519 Marine Dr, White Rock
Baja Cantina services Mexican staples, handcrafted daily with organic ingredients. Don’t skip the Mango Prawn Ceviche, Molcajete and Churros for dessert!
To get to all spots above, take the 362 White Rock Beach bus.
Main image is Guacamole y Kastacan, courtesy of Alebrijes Kitchen + Bar
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