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San Clemente Bar & Grill

San Clemente Bar & Grill

Destination: Dominical

San Clemente has that old school surfer vibe. It's hanging from Day-Glo orange VW bus bolted to a pillar 15-feet in the air, it's illuminating the Elvis shrine and it's sitting at the surfboard coffee tables underneath San Clemente's thatch roof and patio.

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Open for more than 20 years, San Clemente has done its part to bring a little heat to Dominical, with classic Mexican dishes, Costa Rican favorites and homemade Spicy Mike's hot sauce – add a dash for a summer day or a dollop for lingering hell fire.

Stop-in for a lesson on the myriad ways to stuff, slice and simmer a tortilla. Appetizers include chips and guacamole, nachos, quesadillas, and tortilla soup, best enjoyed with a salted-rim margarita, $6.  For dinner, dig in on the chicken enchiladas, $9, topped with red sauce, drizzled with sour cream and served beside sliced avocado, refried beans and rice; or the equally tantalizing shredded beef taquitos served with a healthy dollop of guacamole, sour cream, a side of pico de gallo, refried beans and rice.

Like any Mexican restaurant worth its weight in refried beans and tortillas, San Clemente makes crispy, golden fried Costa Rican-style prestiños, $4, cut into triangles, flecked with cinnamon, honey and topped with vanilla ice cream.  Perhaps in homage to Elvis, San Clemente also serves up banana bread, $3, capped with vanilla ice cream and homemade blackberry syrup with a cherry on top – while it's no peanut butter and banana sandwich, we think Elvis would be impressed.

Ambiance

San Clemente has thatch covered roofs, umbrella checkered patios, antique surf boards dotting the walls, a full bar and a corner of the restaurant devoted to Elvis.

Service

Easy-going (much like the rest of Dominical) servers offer good recommendations.

Price

Appetizers $4-$8; Entrees $6-$8

Hours

7 a.m.- 10 p.m.

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