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I feel it’s only fair that I warn you. This is not going to be a post about all of the fancy schmancy fine dining I experienced in Cabo San Lucas. Nor will I be sharing about the freshest, mouth watering seafood and where to get it. Not saying there isn’t any fancy schmancy food to be had in Cabo, because there definitely is. And you can most assuredly catch some of the freshest seafood in several spots around town. I just didn’t go down that road on this particular trip. Actually, I went in the exact opposite direction! Read on to see how I kept it low key and local with my culinary choices in Cabo San Lucas Foodie Finds!
What I Ate in Cabo San Lucas
This was my first trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and I just happened to be traveling alone. SAY WHAT?!?!?! Yep. You read that correctly and you can read all about the deets right HERE. But let’s talk about the good stuff. The food stuff! Cabo San Lucas Foodie Finds stuff! My first meal of the trip set the tone for what I wanted to eat for the next four days. As I mentioned before, it’s not glamorous. It’s not fancy. It’s not five star dining. But, my oh my. It sure was tasty!
One word. Tacos. Say it with me now. TA-COS! Tacos are life. If you are not a fan of tacos, you can skip down a few paragraphs. Wait. If you are not a fan of tacos, we might need to talk. #letstalktacos
Taqueria El Gran Pastor
It’s was my first evening in Cabo San Lucas and I was strolling back to my hotel after a little tour of the downtown area. I arrived into Cabo around 9pm and wanted to get a quick glimpse of the scene before my upcoming first full day. I noticed a small, unassuming taco stand that was a convenient one block from my hotel. Not a restaurant. No seats whatsoever. Just a stand where you pick up and go, or eat right there on the street. I knew the place was good because there was a line. Any place with a line HAS to be good, right? I was thrilled and concerned all at the same time, but my curiosity got the best of me.
I am no stranger to street tacos and I am not one to back away from a good taco stand. My taste buds couldn’t wait to try one. There were three meat choices. Chorizo, al pastor, and carne asada (sausage, pork, and beef). I ordered one chorizo and one carne asada and proceeded to dress them up with my choices from the toppings bar. Great hot sauce options! Everything was authentic and super tasty. I knew from the first bite I had found a winner. Little did I know, this stand has made several “top tacos in Cabo” lists over the years, including Condé Nast Traveler and USA Today. Cabo San Lucas Foodie Finds score! I didn’t get enough pics because I was too busy trying to stuff my face. When is my next meal?
Mango Deck Brunch Buffet
The next morning I headed straight for the beach. Quite out of character, I had not planned anything ahead of time for this trip and had only done a bit of research on Cabo hotels and Cabo resorts. Everything else was completely spur-of-the-moment, including where I would eat. I literally knew nothing about any Cabo San Lucas restaurants whatsoever. Exciting, huh?
My morning stroll took me straight to Medano Beach where I quickly noticed the many colorful beach umbrellas of the hot spot Mango Deck. I knew I wanted to spend some time on the beach there, but wasn’t planning on eating until I saw they had a brunch buffet. So I decided, why not? Honestly, I was all in when I saw they had Pozole. Not to mention chilaquiles verdes AND rojos, and pollo en mole too. These are all of my absolute favorite Mexican dishes. It was on!
I piled my plates (and bowls) high, but as usual, my eyes were far bigger than my stomach. I did try all of my faves, and several other options too (had to get a bite of the cheeseburger). Everything was pretty good, especially for a buffet setup. There were plenty of options, including a nice BYO fruit and yogurt setup. I would absolutely recommend this weekend buffet for the food, the great price (around $11 USD), and the amazing views! And again, I did not get enough pics because I was too busy eating and enjoying the scenery. Plus, I couldn’t wait to plant my behind in a beach chair for the day!
Mexican Corn in a Cup (Elote)
My brunch experience kept me full the entire day, and therefore I could not even think about food until much later that evening. I wanted to stroll through more of the downtown area (as I did every evening) to pick up on the surroundings. When I noticed another favorite Mexican foodie find, I knew what I was having for dinner. Elote (corn)!
I was excited to try this dish on the streets of Mexico, as we are very accustomed to eating this in some of our local neighborhoods in the Dallas area. Gotta keep it real here. I was disappointed. They used hominy (pozole) with a mixture of corn, which would normally be a great thing (see note above…I love pozole). But it wasn’t as tender as I like, and the flavors were a bit different. It’s wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t as great as what I’m used to. I still managed to eat most of it, so there’s that.
Sancho’s – Home of the Pink Taco
The next day I knew I wanted to get out on the water. Snorkel around a bit. So I had a protein drink for breakfast (that I had brought with me from home in hopes of making healthy choices at least once or twice during this trip). I passed on the lunch option on the boat, and MAY have had a few beverages instead. By the time the boat trip was complete late that afternoon, I was a little hungry. I chose to stop by a place that was recommended by a friend who frequents Cabo, and it just happened to be right where our boat docked. Convenient? Yes. Don’t you love it when that happens?
Sancho’s! After checking out the menu and the clothing choices of the restaurant staff, I knew exactly what I would be eating. A pink taco. Wait. What? A PINK TACO?!?!?! Yep. That’s what I said too! Obviously you haven’t been to Cabo until you’ve had this pink taco. So, I did. And it was worthy. Or, I was still feeling the effects of my liquid lunch. 🙂 Either way, I enjoyed every bite and I’m wishing I had one right now. Yummm. I love tacos. This was a win for my Cabo San Lucas Foodie Finds quest.
I love a good hot sauce and always top my tacos off with the spiciest option. I asked Margo, the amazing waitress (read about her hospitality HERE), for some hot sauce and I think I remember her asking me if I wanted the mild or hot option. Well, duh! Gimme the HOT one, por favor! I also think she tried to warn me and even gave me a little “side eye” action when I told her I was an experienced hot sauce connoisseur and like it hot. I proceeded to pour half of the small portion on to my taco. Oh. My. Word. What in the heck do they put in that stuff??? Not only was my mouth on fire for two hours, I was sweating out all of my liquid lunch. Ha! Probably the hottest hot sauce I’ve ever had. It was tasty, but consider yourself warned. A little dab will do ya! #lessonlearned
After an evening of hanging out with strangers-turned-friends, one of the ladies in the group of US-Cabo transplants that I met at Sancho’s (that you read about HERE) suggested we stop by a restaurant she was part owner in and say hello! Well, okay!
We had some great conversation with the founder of the Cabo restaurant Doggy Style, now with two locations. 🙂 I got to try a Creamsicle Margarita, a hot dog with bacon/BBQ sauce/cheese, and some chili cheese fries. Thank goodness we shared most of this because I was still full from the pink taco and kick-you-in-the-tail hot sauce. Ha! If you’re in Cabo San Lucas and craving a good ol’ American hot dog, check this place out!
Wait a minute. Hold the phone. I thought I was full? Well, I was…until I passed THE taco stand and decided I must have two more tacos. You remember the life changing tacos I mentioned above, yes? Two more please! This time, one chorizo and one al pastor. My mouth is seriously watering as I type this. Don’t judge. I’ll move on…
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Another day in Los Cabos, another chance to get on the water! Long story short, I had breakfast at a timeshare presentation with Cruella Deville and lunch on a boat after snorkeling. Neither were a big deal, but I was fed and that’s what counts.
Going with the pattern of this trip, I headed out in the evening hours to stroll through downtown Cabo and see the sights. I stopped by Puerto Paraíso Mall, strolled the marina area and enjoyed the evening air. This was my last night in Cabo San Lucas, so I was taking it all in and planning my return. I remembered seeing another food cart the night before with long lines (and you know my opinion on THAT), so I decided to head back that direction for dinner-on-the-go.
I really contemplated getting THE tacos again, or even trying another taco place, but I knew I would be upset with myself if I didn’t try something different so I decided on a cheeseburger. Funny. A cheeseburger from a cart on the streets of Cabo San Lucas. Yep. I did that. I waited in line with all of the locals. It was cheap, freshly made, and pretty tasty. I ate the whole thing.
La Casa Country
It was my last morning in Cabo San Lucas. Sad face. While I missed my family, I was not truly ready to leave. But, alas, all good things must come to an end. I hate that saying! And my fabulous Cabo San Lucas Foodie Finds had not quite come to and end just yet. I had one more meal to explore. I decided on La Casa Country in the marina area, as I had been eyeballing it each morning of my stay.
Well. What can I say? Not yet. Wait for it. Dun-da-dun-tah! Introducing…Chilaquiles Enmolados. AKA, Chilaquiles en Mole!!!!! And the crowd goes wild! Okay, maybe just me. But holy guaca’MOLE’ Batman! Ha. See what I did there? 🙂 I digress. Back to the mole! Cabo San Lucas Foodie Finds breakfast of champions and my second favorite meal of the trip. These chilaquiles en mole con juevos here were hot and fresh, just the way I like it. It was enough food for two people, but I ate it all. Every. Single. Bite. I didn’t lick the plate, but I thought about it. There will definitely be a sequel to that show upon my return to Cabo. No doubt.
Side Note – Part Two
What is not pictured here with my favorite breakfast ever is a little cup of “remember me” brought to me when I asked for…you guessed it. Hot sauce. Same scenario, different day. I asked the nice waiter for hot sauce. He asked me if I wanted mild or hot. Well, duh! Gimme the HOT one, por favor! Wait a minute. This seems entirely familiar. And THAT hot sauce is bringing back memories of it’s own. Let me check. Oh, yeah. That’s the one! I proceeded with caution, added a little at time, and this was the perfect send off meal. Thanks, Cabo San Lucas, for the great food memories!
Cabo San Lucas Foodie Finds
Travel is my passion, but eating great food while traveling takes life to an entirely different level. I hope my funny recollection of my Cabo San Lucas Foodie Finds made you laugh a little today. I know I was completely entertained writing about it! And now, I’m hungry!
I promise to find some new places to share with you next time I’m in Cabo. But there are a couple that will play on repeat. Again and again. Tacos and chilaquiles en mole con juevos, tacos and chilaquiles en mole con juevos, tacos and chilaquiles en mole con juevos…as I dance off into the sunset!
Until then, where to next???