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Baqueta Grouper / Gulf Coney from Cooperativo Ortega Cruz being served at Nine-Ten in San Diego, CA.


Baqueta Grouper / Gulf Coney

Baqueta Groupersalso known as Gulf Coneys or Rooster Hinds, have high, deeply notched dorsal spines and bold dark 'mustaches' around the upper jaw. They occur in a brown and red variety and are prevalent in deep water, along vast rural stretches of the Baja California Peninsula, where they voraciously prey on fish and crustaceans. The Brown Baqueta variety are prevalent on the Pacific side of the Baja, and the red variety occur predominately inside the Gulf of California.
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Ortega Cruz runs a co-op of artisan fishermen located along the Pacific coast of Baja. Working together, these fishermen catch fish using traditional hand lines and low-impact hand-drawn nets from small, open panga boats that are beach-launched daily. His co-op consists of 30-40 pangas and 2-3 fishermen per each boat.
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An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for culinary aficionados. This intimate restaurant, led by award-winning Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Rachel King, offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along La Jolla's historic Prospect Street. Every visit to NINE-TEN will tantalize with fresh, seasonal cuisine. Enjoy the best of the harvest from local artisan farmer...