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Los Cabos Dining

<em>Desayuno</em>
Los Cabos Dining
Given its location, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Los Cabos is all about seafood. It has great surf-inspired dishes, for sure, but its farm-to-table dining is fantastic, and expats have brought many cultural influences to bear on local dishes.
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    <em>Desayuno</em>
    Desayuno
    Mexicans take breakfast, or desayuno, very seriously. Get your chilaquiles (strips of fried tortilla topped with eggs, cheese, and lots of salsa) and fresh juice alongside the locals at Campestre. La Casa de Don Juan, which resembles a private home more than a restaurant, used to only open to serve breakfast but by popular demand, has added lunch hours. Order the huevos divorciados (two fried eggs—one topped with red salsa; the other with green—plated with refried beans). For a lighter meal, SUR Beach House serves healthy breakfasts and fresh fruit juices.
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    A Meal by the Water
    A Meal by the Water
    With beaches along the Sea of Cortez as well as the Pacific, there is no shortage of places to eat with water in sight.  Two sibling-restaurants, Sunset Monalisa and Sunset Point both feature exceptional 180-degree vistas from patios that run right along the edge of the water—as their names imply, the views are best enjoyed as the sun dips into the ocean at the end of the day. In the blazing midday Baja California sun, sit in the shade on the deck at SUR Beach House for a terrific lunch or just order a drink delivered to your beach umbrella out on the sand.

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    Fish Tacos
    Fish Tacos
    Unlike the rest of Mexico, Cabo may lack a distinctly regional culinary tradition, but it is definitely at the forefront of fish taco excellence. You can enjoy fistfuls of tacos pretty much anywhere in the towns of Los Cabos—you'll find Japanese-Mexican sushi taco concoctions at fancy resort restaurants or at simple stalls set up next to the beach. Try the crunchy shrimp tacos at Los Claros, in Cabo San Lucas, or head to Tacos Gardenias for a menu that extends beyond fish and shrimp tacos to shredded chicken, beef, carnitas (braised pork), cactus, chicharrón (fried pork rinds), and cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork) varieties, too.
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    Seaside Fusion
    Seaside Fusion
    The fresh seafood available in this region has drawn chefs from around the world, and the resulting experimentation is a boon for diners. The tasty intersection of Japanese and Mexican food is explored at Nick-San and that between French and Mexican cuisine is the focus at Café des Artistes at the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort.
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    Eating Fresh
    Eating Fresh
    While the landscape along the Baja Peninsula is mostly beach or desert, there are a surprising number of small farms and the restaurants of the resort area benefit from their bounty. La Panga Antigua, an enchanting restaurant in downtown San José del Cabo, bases much of its menu on ancient Mexican recipes, but uses sustainable and locally sourced ingredients that include fish caught in these waters as well as organic vegetables from a farm in Pescadero. Peacock's, a pioneer in the modern eat-local movement, runs its own farm in Pescadero and you can taste the freshness on the plate. Only the beef served doesn't come from Baja (but it's still Mexican, from Sonora, and raised without growth hormones or GMO feed).
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    To the Meat of the Matter
    To the Meat of the Matter
    In addition to chefs lured by the promise of plentiful fish, some restaurateurs turn to beef for a change of pace. Brazilian rodizio is the name of the game at the airy Madeira Bistro, where skewers generously laden with grilled meats are served with plentiful side dishes. Also opting for an open fire vibe, Chamuyo recreates an Argentine steak house—complete with a full open grill—in a courtyard setting in Cabo San Lucas.
    Photo by Alfredo Martínez
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