Breakfast in Tijuana, lunch in Los Cabos!Written by Ian Wright
Tijuana's Revival: Part Four
"So where are we going for lunch, then?" I said as we pulled away from La Revo in the centre of Tijuana. "Los Cabos" came the reply. "Eh? That's 1,000 miles away, this car will never get there and back, and we all have things to do tomorrow!" I responded. "Don't worry" I was told "we'll be there in no time".
"Los Cabos" is the collective name of the neighbouring towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, the former usually abbreviated to "Cabo" in the USA and Canada. As I was to soon discover, "Los Cabos" is also the name of an excellent taquería in nearby Rosarito.
Rain began to fall as we sped out of town, and miniature lakes were forming on the transpeninsular highway (Mex 1) by the time we reached the centre of Rosarito. Our first stop was on the main road, at the elegantly named "Don Pisto" licoreria - a "pisto" is an alcoholic beverage, by the way!
Now with suitable lubrication we headed a few blocks away from the main drag in the opposite direction to the beach. "Los Cabos" is situated at C. Lazaro Cardenas #528, Col. Machado. They have a website and a Facebook page. It was Sunday lunchtime, and the place was thriving. In fact it was a struggle to locate a free table, but we soon managed to. In fact the table we sat at afforded us a great view of the whole process going on in the open (and spotless) kitchen.
We all went for "consome de mariscos" (seafood soup) as a starter. The girls both ordered "tacos de camaron" (shrimp tacos) and I went for the slightly less adventurous (and cheaper!) "tacos de pescado" (fish tacos).
Now this isn't a food blog per se, so I'm not going to wax lyrical about how well the food had been prepared, and presented. Sufficient to say it was, of course, delicious, filling and healthy, and it all cost much less than 200 pesos (about $15 US).
A few lessons to be learnt here...
1) Don't eat on the seafront. Places in less glamorous locations have to produce better food to compete, plus they don't have the same costs as the prime locations. This is as true in Rosarito as it is in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.
2) Eat where the locals eat for the best quality and price. Places like "Los Cabos" are dependent on repeat customers, since they get no passing trade from tourists.
3) Don't question your sister in law's judgment when she's on her home turf!!!
- Comment Link Sunday, 30 December 2012 18:01 posted by Carlos
Dear Travelers...I have done the trip by bus a couple of times from TJ to Los Cabos and back. And have driven it also numerous times. But reading your travel journal is fun and interesting. I will actually be heading in the opposite direction next week so it is informative to read your journal.
Bien Viaje! I think that means have a good trip. and Keep us posted. It is supposed to rain the next couple of days.
- Comment Link Friday, 28 December 2012 20:42 posted by aap
those menu prices seem pretty steep. are those like 'double-orders' or something. oh wait, that's in pesos?
lol $13 soda. gotta be.
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