The top-ranked restaurants in guidebooks tend to be those with acclaimed chefs and innovative menus. But the most memorable restaurants are often family-owned establishments, where warm service and comfort food favorites made from age-old recipes are more highly valued commodities than technical skill and training.
Named for a trio of singing stars and matinée idols during the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema (1936 – 1969) – Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete and Javier Solís were collectively known as Los Tres Gallos, or “The Three Roosters” – this charming downtown eatery has been a hit with both locals and visitors since it opened in March 2010.
Since opening in 2010, Los Tres Gallos has been the best restaurant for traditional Mexican cuisine in Cabo San Lucas — Photo courtesy of Michel Zermeño
Husband and wife owners Michel Zermeño and Fabiola Sánchez strive to provide guests with an authentic and traditional Mexican dining experience, from courtly old-world service and faithfully prepared Mexican culinary standards to handmade fixtures and furnishings.
Zermeño’s mother created the menu from family recipes and regional specialty dishes, and makes periodic visits from Mexico City to check the preparations and cooking methods – and to ensure that every appetizer and entrée is as carefully and lovingly crafted as those she used to make for her son.
The atmospheric accents are as authentic as the cuisine. The tables and chairs, for example, are handmade by talented onsite restaurant staff, while glassware, placemats and flatware are sourced from regional artisans schooled in traditional design and construction.
Los Tres Gallos is so committed to providing a traditional Mexican dining experience that even the tables and plates are hand-crafted by regional artisans — Photo courtesy of Michel Zermeño
In the al fresco dining area, flawlessly finished wooden tables are scattered amid mango, tangelo and other colorful fruit trees, and are framed by red brick and red painted walls.
This part of the restaurant has been renovated and redesigned since Hurricane Odile, the category 4 storm that devastated the Los Cabos area in September 2014. But Los Tres Gallos actually suffered little damage, and was primarily remodeled to show off its expanded and expansive kitchen, the heart and soul of any traditional Mexican restaurant.
Thus, diners can now watch the kitchen staff at work on their entrées as they sip tamarindo margaritas and listen to one of the “roosters” crowing about his "Amorcito Corazón," or extolling "México Lindo y Querido."
The mole de pollo is the must-try menu item, and features grilled chicken breast covered in a rich, delicious mole sauce made from chocolate, apple, cinnamon, plátano macho and spices, and served with rice and refried black beans.
Other specialties of la casa include nopalito con queso, prickly pear cactus pads with panela cheese and salsa; sopa de tortilla with epazote, pasilla chiles and avocado; mixiote de carnero, steamed lamb marinated with achiote, chiles and aromatic herbs, and wrapped in maguey leaves; and tres leches cake with tequila.