Tag Archives: Cabo San Lucas Mexico

Seeking Tacos in Cabo

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1 & Only Taco is a delightful little taco stand in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

It’s hard to throw a rock in Mexico without hitting a taco stand, shop or truck. When in Cabo San Lucas every few years, I try to hit a few such taco spots. The challenge is finding the winners among the multitudes.

Tacos Gardenias is always a reliable go-to—a large, shaded space with fine seafood tacos and shrimp molcajetes, It’s fun and flavourful loading up on all the condiments and sauces laid out on the table.

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Tacos Gardenias is always a reliable taco shop in Cabo

But when I can hit a hole-in-the-wall, family operation only a couple of blocks from where I’m staying, I’m all in.

Actually, I walk past it a couple of time before seeing the tiny sign, 1 & Only Taco, tacked onto a much larger Baja Seafood sign. To further obscure matters, the business end of the taco shop is hidden behind a little bar.

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Sarah cooking my lunch in a little kitchen

But it’s all good once I’m inside, greeted by the exceedingly friendly couple that own the shop. I take a seat at a little table and chat with Frederico while Sarah prepares my lunch: lightly breaded fish and shrimp tacos and a beef taco; they’re temporarily out of the smoked marlin.

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Frederico is the engaging front man

Three brimming tacos for $6 US. As fresh and tasty as any you’ll find in Cabo.

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Fish and beef tacos

1 & Only Taco
Camino Real 2506 S/n, Cabo Sand Lucas, Mexico
11 am-8 pm Monday-Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, noon-8 pm, closed Wednesday and Friday

Mexican Reprieve From Winter

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The charming downtown streets of Todos Santos

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A cruise ship at bay in Cabo San Lucas

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Saturday shrimp boil at Sancho’s Sports Bar in Cabo

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A rare lavender hibiscus

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Downtown Todos Santos

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Undeveloped beach south of Todos Santos

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Sunday market beside Baja Beans in Pescadero

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Sunrise at the beach in Cabo San Lucas

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Early-morning sweeping at the resort

Cabo Taco: Great, Unpretentious Mexican Fare

Good, no-frills fare at Tacos Gardenias in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Good, no-frills fare at Tacos Gardenias in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The problem with many restaurants in Mexican resorts is they try too hard to tart up basic street food. When all you want is good, simple food, expertly prepared, for a handful of pesos. Welcome to Tacos Gardenias, an unpretentious taqueria a couple of blocks from Cabo San Lucas’s main, Medano Beach.

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Astounding Sushi in a Walmart Mall in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Fantastic, creative, affordable fare at Koi Sushi in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Fantastic, creative, affordable fare at Koi Sushi in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

This is about as incongruous as it gets. A sushi place in a fast-food court, beside a Walmart in the Mexican tourist mecca of Cabo San Lucas.

But *Koi Sushi is by no means generic. In fact, it may be the best, most inventive sushi I’ve ever had. And a growing number of folks agree, some flying in from Los Angeles just for a feed of chef-owner Jose Angel Huerta Ramirez’s fusion take on Japanese classics.

Jose Angel Huerta is the mad genius at Koi Sushi

Jose Angel Huerta is the mad genius at Koi Sushi

There is a menu, but it’s best to let Jose come up with what the catches of the day and his imagination dictate. Just sit back and watch a succession of amazing dishes arrive. Like thin strips of wahoo (a fabulous local fish) encircling avocado slices and bits of serrano chile. Or tuna and crab wrapped in a shrimp tempura, providing a contrasting crispness to the raw goodness inside. Or a shrimp roll topped with salmon roe and floating on a cilantro-jalapeno sauce.

This wahoo sashimi plate was to die for

This wahoo sashimi plate was to die for

It’s a veritable feast of some six dishes that sets us back only $30 a person, drinks included. Actually, the only thing I’d forsake here is the sake.

An arranged masterpiece

An arranged masterpiece

You can sit inside at one of a handful of tables, close to where Jose is conjuring his magic. But there’s something wonderfully discordant about eating this fabulous fare in the mist-sprayed outdoor food court, where Chinese food is being served in styrofoam boxes and a lone, electrified musician is playing Guantanamera.

There's the sushi spot, at the back of this fast-food court next to a Walmart

There’s the sushi spot, at the back of this fast-food court next to a Walmart

Jose was apparently a chef at the upscale Nick-San sushi joint in Cabo. He left to set up his own, affordable shop, where diners unconcerned about the mall surroundings wisely give him all the freedom he desires.

Koi Sushi
Plaza San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Daily noon-9 pm