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A wonderful week in Cabo (San Lucas and San Jose)

ShoyuPanda | Feb 10, 201103:04 PM

Hey Chowers,
Long-time visitor here, but decided to sign up after the great advice on these boards for eats in Cabo. I stayed in the Cabo Azul resort in San Jose and then proceeded to eat and eat and... well eat.

For San Jose, I started simple with the seafood ceviche truck that hangs around in the art district. The mixto ceviche with scallop, clam, and shrimp is a great cool snack while wandering about town. The scallops are juicy sweet little morsels and the highlight of the ceviche. Fun to watch them make it to, since they chop up tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion to go with the seafood. Then some leche de tigre (seafood marinade/juices) and lime to top it all off. Inexpensive and tasty. Thumbs up!

Jazmin's Restaurant was the next stop, good solid Mexican food and a coupon they offered at the front door too! I didn't realize it yet, since this was early in my trip, but my meals in San Jose were some of the best bang for the buck during my entire trip. Portions here are plenty for me and I'm always a fan of smoky rich sauces like the chipotle sauce on my chicken here. I would describe Jazmin's overall as a solid choice to just take in the local food in the tourist area.

El Chilar on the other hand is more of a fine dining spot, though the prices are also a bit higher (around $20-ish). My impression is that the cuisine here isn't specific to this region, but that's fine as it was the best fine dining I had during my trip. Compared to Javier's in Cabo Azul resort, I liked El Chilar better. A+ choice for nice sit down.

Javier's is more expensive ($30-ish per entree) and a little less bold on the flavors to me. I probably wouldn't have even tried it if not for the free food credit for staying at Cabo Azul. I had butter garlic shrimp and the SO had the fish in Veracruz sauce. Both are fresh and good with the Veracruz sauce being the highlight of the entire meal. Tortilla soup as a starter was probably the next best thing, but I'm a huge sucker for tortilla soup. =)

Back to San Jose proper, I stuck with local food for the remainder of the trip. Visiting the Mercado Municipal (Municipal Market) I had a delicious meal at Zulema's. Husband and wife there were both incredibly nice and the salsas and dried/smoked peppers with the meal were exactly what I was looking for. I had the pozole con puerco (pork in a tomato soup with corn) which was chock full of ingredients. This is much more home-y food, but it brings a smile to my face eating it. Rolling some smoked peppers up in fresh tortillas makes a great accompaniment to the soup. I also shared some of the SO's sope con camarones (shrimp stew), which was absolutely stuffed with shell-on shrimp. Simple soup that lets you enjoy the shrimp. Last but not least, I just want to say local joints do salsa right. If you can handle some kick, Zulema's spicy salsa with a hint of habanero is perfect! End of the meal I was stuffed and it was $6 US for two people. Big thumbs up here.

Last, but not least is Tacos Rosy a bit of a way's from the municipal market. I'd recommend for most people visiting to go from the municipal market to Tacos Rosy as it's a bit of a ways from the art district where all the nice sit down restaurants are. Sticking with some Chowers recommendations I got a bunch of seafood tacos (fish, shrimp). I wanted to get scallop or octopus etc, but was out-voted (siiiiiigh) and was too full to eat much more. I'll sum this one up quick - Go here, it's great, if you love tacos you will love it, if you love seafood you will love it. Also, like Zumela's, the price is more than fair.

The only thing I was sad to miss out on was Taqueria El Ahorcado (Hangman's Tacos). I hear it's great and I would have loved to try it. Any recommendations on best items there for next visit? Also how does it compare to Gordo Lele's in San Lucas? While I ate many tacos during my stay, I'm almost embarrassed to say that my favorite meat tacos might be the Al Pastor tacos at Cabo Azul resort (made by Javier's chef on Taco Day). Their Al Pastor is unlike any of the ones I've had in the Bay Area/San Francisco. It's a 1/3 fat and 2/3 meat pork chunks that was juicy and tender on the inside with a nice crisp grill on the outside (possibly even fried?). Then the sauce was a beautiful mix of spices and smoked pepper goodness instead of the more soy-sauced based flavors I usually see here. If anyone knows what this kind of Al Pastor is, please inform me *grins*.

Now I've noticed this post is getting long, so I'll continue my comments on San Lucas below.

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