Although Los Cabos has always offered up generous helping of the fresh local seafood, in recent years the region has experienced something of a culinary renaissance, with an increased commitment to locally sourced products and slow food principles. From organic delicacies in Cabo San Lucas to farm-to-table freshness in San Jose del Cabo, there has never been a better time for foodies to sample the region's gastronomic delights.
Farm-to-table aficionados will appreciate the organic offerings at Flora Farm Field Kitchen. — Photo courtesy of Flora Farms
Cabo San Lucas boasts the better nightlife, but sister city San Jose del Cabo continues to be the superior dining destination, with several first-class restaurants, and an growing number of talented young chefs. Set on a bluff overlooking the Costa Azul surf break, Deckman's at Havana merits special attention. Chef Drew Deckman is a master culinary craftsman - he was awarded a coveted Michelin star for his work at Restaurant Vitus in Germany - and his restaurant showcases a very inventive approach to contemporary cuisine. The menu is turned over nightly to take advantage of the freshest local ingredients, and each dish is available in several sizes, from tapas-style tastings to heartier portions. Despite the artistic presentations and ever-changing menus, the fare is honest and delicious, as are the terroir driven pairing options from Mexico's finest wine region, Baja Norte's Valle de Guadalupe.
The farm-to-table dining movement may have reached its pinnacle at Flora Farm Field Kitchen, a rustic restaurant situated in the midst of a 10 acre organic farm near Puerto Los Cabos. Not only can diners practically reach out and touch the fruits and vegetable that will soon grace their plates, but all of the pork and poultry is sourced from the adjoining ranch. No pesticides are used at Flora Farms and no produce is shipped north. The farm fresh offerings are for locals and visitors only. So stop by to sample freshly baked breads, seasonal salads, pastas and gourmet pizzas, or simply to enjoy the beauty of this bucolic property in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna.
Los Tres Gallos is the premier stop for traditional Mexican cuisine in Cabo San Lucas. — Photo courtesy of Vic Vertigo
In Cabo San Lucas, few places are as consistently satisfying as Los Tres Gallos. Named for a trio of great stars from Mexico's golden age of cinema - Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, and Javier Solis were collectively known as "The Three Roosters" - Los Tres Gallos specializes in regional Mexican dishes. The moles - mole is a sauce made from chocolate and chile peppers - are spectacular, and the lovely courtyard setting and old-world manners make this a perfect stop for those who appreciate the piquant pleasures of traditional of Mexican cusine.