When you think of dinner at a cozy casual seaside restaurant in Сabo, the first thing that comes to mind is fish tacos. A fish taco is a flavored corn tortilla stuffed with tender white fish, juicy vegetables, creamy avocado and Mexican cotija cheese is a great option for a delicious and healthy lunch or hearty snack.
Made in Baja
Los Cabos may have a notable up and coming fine dining scene of international mention but the area’s fish tacos are a truly sublime experience not to be missed. The contents are as fresh as can be and no longer made of shark meat – the catch of choice that once put fish tacos in Cabo on the map. These dishes are wrapped in a warm flour tortillas as is the tradition along Mexico’s northern border. The fish inside is lightly battered and breaded, infused with lime and herbs, and topped with red cabbage and other items.
Admirers of true Mexican cuisine sometimes say that fish tacos are not entirely traditional Mexican dishes. First because of their English name, and secondly because they come from Baja California Sur, now famous as a tourist destination in North America.
But the truth is, as usually happens in the culinary world, the areas accessible by ocean or sea present us with dishes rich in fish and seafood. Baja California Sur is shaped like a swordfish, with its tail abutting the border with the United States. And as Baja California Sur is surrounded on all sides by the sea, it is quite natural that the popular tacos filling here is fish fried in Mexican sauce and under the Mexican salsa Pico de Gallo.
After Cabo fish tacos were invented in the coastal Pacific Mexican state of Baja California, they became a favorite dish not only of Mexico, but also of North American cuisine. In fact, fish tacos have been a trademark of the Baja California region since the 1950s. Over the years, this gastronomic tradition has gained many admirers all over the world. Many Cabo San Lucas guests make it an important part of their vacation to enjoy the finest fish tacos.
The delicate taste of the fish goes well with flamboyant complements such as guacamole, pico de gallo and tropical fruits such as mango. Baked, fried, or fried fish are delicious when marinated with olive oil, jalapenos, chili powder, lime juice, and chopped cilantro, especially when served in a warm tortilla with all the spices.
Besides the amazing taste, fish tacos are also a great example of healthy food. The dish is rich in protein, essential Omega 3s, beneficial for both our body and brain.
Where to Go for the Best Fish Tacos in Cabo
If you want to enjoy the taste of the best fish tacos in Cabo San Lucas then here are some top places to consider. Be sure to visit the Tacos Gardenias restaurant for wonderful shrimp and fish tacos dishes. Tacos Gardenias is a favorite place for locals and tourists alike for authentic homemade Mexican food. This place is over 30 years old. Although they’ve updated the interior, their food still retains the traditions of days gone by. This small, cozy taqueria is located very close to the marina, a peaceful place usually devoid of crowds.
Another family-run taqueria serving great fish and seafood tacos is 1 & Only Taco, a solid, unassuming café also in Cabo San Lucas that serves very inexpensive, loaded tacos to collections of ardent fans.
The Sand Bar is another popular option to try great fish tacos in Cabo San Lucas. It is a beautiful spot looking out onto the ocean with great service and the atmosphere, all located on Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas. Before or after enjoying these delicacies you can have a massage on the beach, an exquisite experience as you feel the breezes and listen to the surf to the relaxing motions of knowing hands. And massages at the Sand Bar cost a quarter of what they might at other resorts or in U.S. spas.
The Office on the Beach is another Fish taco hot spot where delicious stuffed tortillas come in three choices: Lobster Tacos, which are loaded with fresh lobster, sautéed with garlic, onions, California peppers, tomatoes, coriander and 0live oil. Then are the Fresh Sea Bass tacos stuffed with sea bass filet marinated in fine herbs and virgin olive oil. And finally, Shrimp Tacos with Cheese full of shrimp sautéed with garlic, onions, tomatoes, green peppers and smothered with Monterrey cheese. The outdoor seating makes it a perfect place for informal gatherings.
Further up on along the Tourist Corridor try Asi y Asado – a known the pit stop for taco lovers. Find more than two dozen variations on the taco theme in a grub shack so popular, it has been called out by Guy Fieri and others and offers a wide menu of other options as well, including tasty vampiro, arrachera (marinated skirt steak) and pulpo (octopus).
Naturally, there are countless cafes in Los Cabos, from three-seat beach stands to celebrity chef restaurants, that have made an art of wrapping seafood in chewy, warm flour tortillas. And an order is in order in the Baja no matter what the nature of your trip. Discovery is half the fun.