Tacos… Oh blessed corn… What is the first image that comes to your mind when you hear that word? Maize has been the core of the Mexican Culture gastronomy; the consumption of this natural resource is ancient. The “México Antiguo” known as “Mesoamerica” used the maize as the base of their diet, the legend tells that one of the big deities, Quetzalcoatl, was the one who taught the Ancient Mexicans how to cultivate, nurture and enjoy this wonderful gift of the earth. Every single taco in the world is made with a tortilla, which comes, of course from the corn. Nowadays the tradition of the use of this grain strongly remains in the Mexican Culture.
Tacos… Tacos in Cabo San Lucas; I was born in Mexico City, and I can tell you that Central Mexico is the Mecca of the Tacos, all the tasty flavors that you can not yet imagine or haven’t got the chance to realize, exists in the that region of the country. Even though I’m telling you about the wonders about the tacos in Central Mexico, Cabo San Lucas has amazing places to enjoy some of those heavenly, palatable and spicy flavors.
I gave my self the task (little white lie, I was assigned by my editor : ) to find some of the best places to enjoy tacos in this wonderful little town of ours. So I went to several places and these are my references. Los Claros, El Paisa, La Taquiza, Tacos Guss and Las Guacamayas where the subject of my study. All these places are located in Downtown Cabo.
Los Claros is a specialized seafood taco place, and personally I recommend the buffet of salsas they have to offer, but ask first, some of them are very spicy (Mexican Level); you can ask for whathered fish, grilled or crunch, shrimp, octopus, scallops, seafood cocktails, “ceviche”, marlin, surf and turf and even roasted meat. The menu of these seafood flavors is wide don’t miss it. You can find it in Zaragoza Street, about two blocks from Boulevard Marina, open from 7 am to 7 pm.
El Paisa, a very well known “taquería” among the locals; has been in business for a long time. You can get roasted meat, quesadillas, prepared potatoes, marinated pork, “charros” beans and melted cheese. They have the usual salsas to make your tacos spicier. El Paisa has two locations in Cabo, one in Leona Vicario corner with Alikan and a more accessible one in Plaza Aramburo, right in the middle of downtown.
La Taquiza, located in Lázaro Cárdenas corner with Melchor Ocampo; in this “taquería” you will be served your tacos with handmade tortillas. The décor is very colorful and Mexican. All the kind of tacos you can ask for, or the suggestion of the house, enchiladas; flavor, absolutely delicious, my recommendation is the “Taco Costra”, which is a taco with whatever you want to fill it, but instead of tortilla the use cheese to roll it.
Tacos Guss. One thing I can say besides the delicious flavor is that you might have to make a line to be able to get inside. Tacos Guss is most of the time full with tourist eager to get their own try of these Mexican heritage. Open daily from 8 am to 6 am, practically all day and all night long. Located in Lázaro Cárdenas in front of Plaza Mi Pueblito. The menu goes from steak, marinated pork, sausage, rib, flank steak, “huaraches”, “sopes”, “tostadas” and “tortas”.
Las Guacamayas, personally, one of my favorite places for Traditional Mexican “Antojitos” (tacos, quesadillas, sopes, etc.) whenever I come to this restaurant there are two things I always ask for. Quesadilla de “Chicharrón Prensado” (pork skin) and Quesadilla de “Huitlacoche” (black corn mushroom). The décor is like a traditional Mexican Patio, live music and very good service. Everything that is in the menu is very tasty. Rib steak, chicken, skirt steak, pork shoulder, flank steak, mushroom, shredded chicken meat, pumpkin flower, cactus and many other options to choose from. Located in Lázaro Cárdenas Avenue, between Melchor Ocampo and Matamoros Streets, open daily from 11 am to 2 am.
So my friend, either listen to the conclusions of my quest, or don’t mind me and do your own taco research and find the taco place you might like the most, certainly, here in Cabo you will find it.
Written By Antonio Vargas