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Chowhound in Cabo San Lucas

9lives | Dec 30, 200105:01 PM     2

Just got back from 10 days in Cabo San Lucas..tip of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico...great eating! cabo may not be known for good food..gotten very Americanized..Hard Rock Cafe, Burger King, etc..new this year is a Ruth's Chris Steak House..but the real treasures are to be found a few blocks away from the main marina area..avoid the marina for the best food. General rule is the further from Marina Blvd, the better and cheaper the food..(exception is Solomon's Landing..behind the Plaza Las Glorias..authentic tacqueria style, great view, fresh caught fish and high quality Sonoran beef, run by an LA transplant..and excellent.

Carnitas are slow cooked pork..we found a place called El Michoacano...all they cook is the pork carnitas..in pots big enough to hold a good size person...you order by the pound (kilo)..and you can specify, shoulder, ribs, crispy skin...or other..It's brought on a big platter..accompanied by different salsa, vegetables...wrap in a fresh made tortilla..just awesome. Not sure how they price things..got a platter 4 different times...ranged from $3 to 6 USD for 2 people...I thought they made a mistake and asked them if they charged enough..:) They had great tshirts..4 pigs..1 in the pot..the others cooking them...didn't have them for sale but they traded me for 1 of my tshirts...next door is a seafood place..El Mangle..for dessert,I ordered a shrimp taco...and a large clam on the half shell..opened, chopped and replaced in it's shell..the shrimp was so good, it practically brought tears to my eyes..had another..other places we found were Tacos el Paisa...simple grilled meat and potatoes, baked/grilled..accompanied buy a variety of salsas..for seafood..Mariscos Mazatlan..far better than the better known Mocambo..which has unfortunately gone downhill.

On our way home we got to the airport a few hours early..airport has a few snack bars offering hot dogs and similar fare but, about 200 yards before the entrance to the airport is a little stand that we spotted on our way in...they have only 1 menu item...birria..which is sort of a stew, soup, tomato based, with goat meat..delicious and a fitting end to our time in Mexico...BTW, I speak a little Spanish..but not much..the people we encountered at these little out of the way places were so friendly, hospitable..and genuinely happy to have a few gringos like us sampling..and enjoying their food.

We had a few lunches on the beach.."The Office" and "Billygans Island" are both good...but the real fun was finding the little, out of the way places.

It's a quick trip from LA...any LA chowhounds have any experiences in Cabo?

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