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Eating in Cabo San Lucas

Mexican food is so internationally well-known that even first-time visitors feel an easy familiarity with the majority of menus. However, there are still some dishes and treats that are little known outside the country and won’t be found at any of the typical tourist traps. Here are a few local specialties and delicacies that should favorably impress even the most seasoned of travelers.

When I tell  friends and family how much I love eating huaraches, they generally assume that things are going so poorly in the writing game that I have taken to eating my own sandals.

In fact, huaraches are fried masa in the shape of a sandal, covered with a variety of toppings like chicken, lettuce, tomato, avocado, sour cream, and cheese. This delicious dish originated in Mexico City, but the best place in Cabo San Lucas for huaraches is Tacos Guss, a colorful local eatery featuring traditional Mexican specialties, as well as some excellent horchata.

One of the easiest ways to delight visiting children is by giving them a cachetada, which is as much toy as it is lollipop. Shaped like a long colorful fish attached to a small white stick, you prepare a cachetada by gradually peeling back the plastic covering, folding the sucker over from the top down, and then slapping at it  with great vigor and enthusiasm. This step is repeated until you have what looks to be an anvil on a stick, at which point you begin folding the sides over, eventually achieving the shape of a small square American-style lollipop. Cachetadas are available at all the local dulcerias (candy stores), with the one of the most easily accessible for tourists being Dulceria Micky, a three block walk from Cabo Wabo.

Cabo San Lucas is justifiably famous for the quality of its seafood, and one of the most interesting ways to prepare fish on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is called zarandeado. Essentially, an entire fish is laid out on foil, brushed with a garlic and chile paste, covered with onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers, then charcoal grilled to achieve a smoky flavor. The finished dish typically weighs out at about a kilo, and can feed a small family. The best place in Cabo for pescado zarandeado is El Torito de los Mariscos, a restaurant that is beloved by the local Mexican population, and is one of the most popular spots for family dinners.

Where to Go

Tacos Guss – On Lazaro Cardenas near the corner of Melchor Ocampo, and open daily from early afternoon to about 5 a.m.

Dulceria Micky – At the corner of Miguel Hidalgo and Ninos Heroes. Open on school days from early morning to late afternoon.

El Torito de los Mariscos – Located a bit off-the-beaten-path at 1534 Janette Wilson, El Torito is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (624) 144-4682.