What started as a four lane bowling alley in Ave. Revolucion in 1934, Bol Corona is not only a historic symbol of Tijuana but an institution that has evolved with the city and maintained its rich 80 year history...oh and of course their delicious food. Bol Corona is now opening new restaurants throughout the city with very trendy looks where you can enjoy a lounge type atmosphere, daily specials, and great food.
We visited their Otay location found in Blvd. Lázaro Cárdenas. When you first see it, you immediately get that sense of "cool". I felt a 60's type vibe as it reminded me a lot of the Mexican movies of that time with the decorative brick...I don't know it just did!
The flooring has a mixture of faux wood tile and another patterned tile that reminds me of my grandma's house (not in a bad way, I like the mix). It has large booths to seat about 6 people and tables just in case you don't like to shimmy up and down the booth when someone has to get up. The bar has a fabulous white subway tile and the interior is filled with small decorative accessories making reference to bowling (wooden pins, bowling balls, etc.) I love the eclectic look!
Bol Corona has done this restaurant right! The "cool" vibe is found throughout; from the menus, to the way drinks are served. They also have about 6 tv's where you can enjoy a Xolos game or any other sport taking place that day.
We began our dinner with some Nachos Nortenos served on a skillet and topped with refried beans, chorizo, aguacate and sour cream; enough for about 3-4 people. We then moved on to the burritos; ordering a Marlin (yeah as you may remember from El Taller post we also had Marlin Pizza...Dafne has a thing for Marlin...so everywhere we go; if they have Marlin, she has to order it) and i had their classic Machaca Burrito. Both really good, great portion size (***pet peeve insert*** what is the deal with taco shops in the states adding rice and beans to all the burritos?).
We also ordered an Ensalada de Nopal, just to keep it healthy. The mix of the nopal with the queso and chile gave it a good balance of flavors that kept me diving for more. We ended with Crepas de Cajeta with a little ball of vanilla ice cream but we dove right into it and forgot to take a picture of it. Cajeta tends to make you forget about everything because you have to focus on not getting that deliciousness everywhere.
Bol Corona has become "the spot" for me and have been going back almost every week for about 2 months now. Give it a try and let us know your experience.