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Jul 10, 2006 02:37 PM

Lower Baja, but no Cabo

I'll be going on a first trip to lower Baja and I'm interested in places from La Paz and south. I'll have a car and I'm willing to travel for a good taco. I'm really only interested in Mexican food while I'm there and if there are dishes particualr to the region, so much the better.
I'm sure Cabo San Lucas is fun but it's a different kind of trip than I am planning to take.

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  1. If you make it to Todos Santos:

    Miguel’s - A casual outdoor restaurant, serving good breakfgasts and “world famous chile rellenos” according to the New York Times... Sweet proprietor, fresh juices, delicious simple Mexican standards.

    Loncheria Karla – a totally local, friendly family place serving what we found to be the best ceviche in town. When we were there, a guy was standing out front shucking fresh oysters and dressing them with fresh lime and hot sauce, and handing them to customers. Good, simple Mexican breakfasts and fresh juices.

    Las Fuentes - An outdoor palapa restaurant “located at the only stop light in Todos Santos.” The food is okay, the margaritas are great, and on weekends they serve homemade authentic Oaxacan mole.

    La Canada del Diablo - Huge palapa and patio at the end of a dirt road, BBQ Sonoran steaks on Thursday nights, fun bar with huge tequila selection and free popcorn.

    Taqueria Los 3 Hermanos – good fish, shrimp and clam tacos, usually daily (except Sunday) 8am-2pm.

    Fonda El Zaguan – Friendly, cute place, absolutely fresh seafood, vegetarian items, salads, incredible guacamole, and a lovely small patio. Juarez between Topete and Hidalgo. One of our favorite places in TS.

    D’licia - A real Baja experience. Breakfast and brunch at a small palapa bar with tables under the trees, among Alicia's beautiful gardens and pet parrots, cockatoo, tortoise and dogs. Healthyish twists on mexican breakfasts. Daily specials, homemade breads and pastries, and fantastic espresso in a family atmosphere. Off Playitas Road past Super Mercado El Sol II – look for the wooden sign.

    Restaurant Café Santa Fe - The best restaurant in town, famous for its famous lobster ravioli, aristocratic mood, and patio courtyard dining. Not Mexican, though.

    Los Adobes - A gorgeous, old-Mexico outdoor restaurant in the courtyard of a restored adobe house, upscale Mexican cuisine, recommended in Bon Appetit magazine. Accepts credit cards and reservations. Heard it's gone downhill recently though.

    Tacos: roam around town sampling tacos at various stands. Try the fish and shrimp tacos whenever possible. Try Tacos Chilakos or La Cochinita.

    Skip El Gusto at La Poza.

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    1. re: Maya

      Also, if you are interested in local spirits, pick up some Damiana while you're there.

      1. re: Maya

        Just back from Todos Santos...

        Fonda El Zaguan was excellent! Everyone really liked everything there!

        Loncheria Karla apparently changed ownership, and no longer does mariscos at all.
        We were so hungry that we ended up next door at Las Fuentes, which was ok - Whole fried snapper was incredibly fresh but completely un-sauced.

        Our friends were staying at La Poza so we ate at El Gusto. It was fine, but overpriced. Smoked Tuna flautas were pretty delicious. Fried scallops tasty but greasy.

        Sunday morning breakfast at Hotel California hit the spot, but nothing to write home about.

        We also stopped on the way to Todos Santos from Los Cabos at Art & Beer. It's maybe 15 kilometers from Todos Santos. Beautiful patios, though the road noise was a bit off-putting. We ordered a few drinks and some guacamole. They brought us some amazingly fresh clams on the half-shell gratis, and then forced on us some free beers for the road on the way out. Definitely worth the stop, and if the clams were any indication, it's worth making a meal out of it.

      2. El Zaguan is my favorite place in TS! Glad you made it. La Copa wine bar in the TS Inn is a great spot too. What a little oasis within the oasis that is TS.