Farm Bar at Flora’s Field Kitchen serves “Farmaritas” made with carrots. // © 2015 Debbie Olsen
Feature image (above): El Farallon at The Resort at Pedregal boasts stunning seaside views. // © 2015 The Resort at Pedregal
On the sunbaked tip of the Baja peninsula, Los Cabos beckons travelers with its stunning coastline and the promise of 350 days of sunshine per year. But in addition to gorgeous beaches and enjoying the peninsula’s endless summer, guests also enjoy a sizzling dining scene that features cuisine from around the world, as well as Baja’s own unique fusion of traditional Mexican dishes and seafood. All-inclusive resorts are plentiful, but foodies will definitely want to wander off-property to experience the area’s remarkable cuisine on a self-guided culinary day tour.
Begin the journey with a traditional Mexican breakfast at Campestre Restaurant and Bar in Cabo San Lucas. The family restaurant looks unassuming from the outside, but if you don’t go early, you’ll be standing in a long line with a crowd of locals. Try the huevos divorciados (divorced eggs), which features two fried eggs — one covered in salsa roja (red salsa) and the other covered in salsa verde (green salsa) — separated by a column of chilaquiles, made from fried corn tortillas, refried beans, onion and avocado. There’s a fruit plate on the menu, and orange juice is freshly squeezed.
For lunch, head toward San Jose del Cabo; clients will find Flora’s Field Kitchen outside the city. Any successful restaurant located in the middle of a farmer’s field is worth checking out, and Flora’s takes the farm-to-table concept seriously. Homemade organic meals are made with ingredients grown on property. There’s also a restaurant, a bar, a gift shop, a cooking school and an organic market. Order a Farm Julep (watermelon juice, basil, mint and rum) from Farm Bar, and enjoy classics such as fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy or thin-crust pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven.
When clients get peckish in the afternoon, they should do as the locals do and head to a taco stand. One of the best in the area is Asi y Asado, between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. This busy taco joint has 14 tacos made with everything from marinated steak to grilled octopus. Wash them down with local beer, soft drinks or made-to-order juices.
One of the best places to enjoy a romantic sunset seafood dinner is at The Resort at Pedregal’s El Farallon, located in Cabo San Lucas where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. Chef Yvan Mucharraz offers a menu that features plenty of seafood options, including “catch of the day” selections fresh from Baja waters. All dishes are prepared simply: on a flat grill and with fresh herbs and butter. Before or after dinner, clients can visit the restaurant’s new Champagne Terrace and indulge in a champagne-tasting experience with a selection of 15 different champagnes, imported cheeses and artisan salts.
If clients are up for some late-night fun, direct them to Happy Ending Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, where they can hang out and enjoy some beers and margaritas. The bar menu is good, and prices are low. There’s also free Wi-Fi access and phone calls to more than 60 countries in addition to great music.
Los Cabos is quickly becoming one of Mexico’s premier culinary destinations. Hundreds of restaurants cater to every taste and budget, ensuring that clients will return home full and satisfied.