There’s so much more to Cabo San Lucas’s food scene than buckets of margaritas with melted ice and all-you-can-eat buffets housed in identical resorts. Not surprisingly, some of the best seafood anywhere can be found in and around Cabo, and visitors would be remiss to not enjoy the elegant chocolate clams, meaty lobsters, and smoked marlin the peninsula is known for.
Though it’s the country’s fine dining scene that garners most of the international attention, thanks to star chefs, like Enrique Olvera of Mexico City’s Pujol , who are working some of the most innovative menus in all of Mexico, it’s the meals that don’t require silverware that capture the region’s essence. The item most emblematic of casual, fished-this-morning Baja cuisine is the signature fish taco that was once — but no longer — made from shark meat. Wrapped in a warm flour tortilla typical of the cooking along Mexico’s northern border, the white fish is lightly battered and breaded, doused in lime, and topped with red cabbage. Another quintessentially Baja staple is the seafood tostada, in which different types of fish, prepared raw or in ceviche form, are piled onto a toasted tortilla and topped off with avocado.
But Los Cabos isn’t just for seafood lovers. In fact, the best strawberries in Mexico, which quickly become “the best strawberries you’ve ever had,” can be found on a literal farm-to-table outpost on the side of the highway near the surf town of Pescadero, an easy 45-minute drive northwest from Cabo. In fact, many establishments across Baja are serving locally farmed produce, taking advantage of the area’s Mediterranean climate, which is ideal for producing wine, olive oil, and produce. The cucumbers here are so crisp, the tomatoes so juicy, the strawberries so huge, only the seafood can outshine them.
Note: Check with venues for up-to-date business hours and dining options, as local authorities may still enact last-minute changes to COVID-19 restrictions. Also, the inclusion of restaurants offering dine-in service should not be taken as an endorsement for dining inside. Studies indicate a lower exposure risk to COVID-19 outdoors, but the level of risk is contingent on social distancing and other safety guidelines. Check with each restaurant for up-to-date information on dining offerings.
Price key per person, excluding alcohol:
$ = Less than 200 pesos (Less than $13 USD)
$$ = 201 - 500 pesos ($14 to $30 USD)
$$$ = 501 - 950 pesos ($31 to $50 USD)
$$$$ = 950 - 1500 pesos ($51 USD and up)
Nili Blanck is a Mexican-American writer whose work has appeared in GARAGE, Remezcla, and T Magazine. She lives in Mexico City with her dog, Claudio.Read More