City: Phnom Penh
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Seating: Indoor & Outdoor
For those that have lived in Phnom Penh for a while know that this establishment used to be called Tacqueria Corona. The owner ran this and the Lone Pine Cafe down the street but decided to merge the two restaurants a couple of years back. The result has been a restaurant in which you can enjoy the menu of both restaurants; great Tex-Mex fare along with authentic American cuisine such as burgers, reubens and salads. I have been coming here for years and it is easily one of my favorite restaurants in all of Phnom Penh, and definitely my favorite Mexican/Tex-Mex place. The staff are all excellent led by the manager, a woman named Sophea who you'll always find on the restaurant floor attending to all customers and speaking Spanish to add to the authentic atmosphere. Whenever I come in she will automatically bring me out an order of flour tortillas and salsa because she remembers that I always get them. They are both made fresh in house daily and are easily the best in town.
The star of the menu is definitely their Tex-Mex section as they have everything from tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and more. My friends love the fajitas as they come served on a sizzling platter with a choice of different meats such as shrimp, beef or carne asada. I love their burritos and tacos which always reminds me of Mexican food back in Los Angeles. My personal favorite are the fish tacos which are fried to a perfect golden brown, almost like a tempura batter. It's just the right amount of crunch and heat and they'll top it off with a decadent sour cream. But if I'm really hungry I always get the Cowboy which is a churascco sandwich jam packed with seasoned chicken, bacon, ranch and BBQ sauce. This is a sandwich that is difficult to eat with even two hands, but for all the right reasons.
The American section of the menu is great as well as they have some great deli items such as pastrami, reubens, patty melts and even a french dip sandwich. But the highlight for me is the Babe Burger which is their take on the traditional chili burger. They top it with bacon, onion rings and a chili that is spiced so well that you'll think you're in Texas. They also have some great salads and other interesting items such as Po Boy Sandwiches. The portions are never light at Lone Pine so you'll always get your money's worth. And don't forget drinks afterwards as Lone Pine sells a wide variety of margaritas and sangria by the glass or in a pitcher for large groups.
Cambodian Food Scene
Cambodia is surprisingly filled with many great restaurants, from inexpensive to those closer to Western prices. These are just a collection of my favorite places to eat throughout the country.