The main theme for Baja dining is that there is something for everyone. You can find a hot dog stand right in front of a five-star restaurant! It’s Mexico. There are so many places to enjoy a meal, that it too, would fill a book. Some places offer entertainment and good food, while others are quiet, secluded havens of peace. One really needs to have a plan for the evening before selecting the place to eat. Often, one resolves to have a meal, then move on to a place of entertainment. But, more often than not, the hospitality keeps you at your table late into the night.
On a recent trip to San Jose Del Cabo, we decided to spend the night and seek an eatery at our leisure. First, we booked into the most amazing little inn, dead-bang in the center of downtown San Jose. Hotel Colli had a parking structure under the hotel so it was perfect (parking is always a problem in the tourist areas).
Our plan was to check out the Art District, then have a drink in a few bars and then dinner. Our first call was Molly’s. This lovely little pub was on the corner right near Hotel Colli. This is a sports bar and well worth a visit on game night.
Actually, right on the roof of Molly’s was another wonderful restaurant called The View. We had eaten there before and it was grand. But that night, we were looking for something new.
Our next stop was the Baja Brewing Company. There we nearly got stuck enjoying the delicious ale on tap. This establishment is in the heart of the Art District and a good place to take a rest.
There is art of all genres. I was struck by the Huichol Art. The delicate beadwork was incredible. But, since this story is about eating, I will not dwell on the art!
We were not in the mood for Italian food, but we did swing by La Dolce for a beer. It’s a wonderful Italian restaurant. Next time!
Most eateries have their menu on display outside. It was fun and appetizing, I might add, to read them as we passed by. La Panga is another fine place. We had also been there before and enjoyed the tranquil garden dining out back. They have a number of private dining rooms and amazing seafood.
Eventually, during our Baja dining adventure, a new place caught our eye. La Lupita Mescal and Tacos. We had never tried Mescal before. What an experience! The friendly owners and staff had us spellbound with tasting the various mescals. The drink was served in half-gourd along with sliced lemon and worm salt from Oaxaca. Delicious and smooth – nothing like tequila at all. Next thing we knew, a menu was produced. Wow, what amazing tacos! I took a photo of the menu. Delicious lamb served on blue corn tortillas. They had shrimp and pork al pastor as well. It was like taco heaven for us taco fans. We were impressed with the prices as well.
That’s what it’s all about; a little exploring and a little experimenting.
THOMAS DENGLER says
IS THE EL REY SOL RESTAURANT STILL THERE? IT USED TO BE THE BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT IN ENSENADA.
We believe that they are. Here is their website –> http://elreysol.com/es-menu/postres-y-bebidas/
Some great restaurants in Todos Santos. My favorite is El Zaguan. Right next door is a better looking restaurant, but it serves the worst food in the entire city, probably in the all of Baja. It’s called “Landi’s” after its proprietor, who must not care that her food is positively inedible.