Although best known for its excellent omelets, burgers, sandwiches, and tortas (a form of sandwich), Rico Suave also has the freshest fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies in town. Nothing gets the blood pumping in the morning, particularly after an introduction to Cabo's late night party scene, like a heady mixture of beet and carrot juices, or a sweet melon and papaya smoothie. Rico Suave is open for breakfast and lunch, and offer a full-menu of healthy, non-alcoholic pick-me-ups, which like the tortas, boast colorful or regionally distinctive names. Given its central downtown location, Rico Suave is a popular take-out stop, but the restaurant also offers prompt delivery service throughout Cabo San Lucas.
Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: Rico Suave has the best fresh fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies in Los Cabos.
Chris's expert tip: Delivery charges vary by neighborhood, but none exceed $1.50 U.S.
This Pedregal based breakfast and lunch specialist is a bit off-the-beaten-path (if you're not familiar with the neighborhood, ask your concierge for directions), but is well worth a visit. Penny Lane specializes in healthy, hearty and delicious organic fare, from fresh squeezed juices (try the hangover healer, with parsley, watercress, broccoli and pineapple) and coffee to freshly baked breads and pastries, and country style omelets. For late risers, lunchtime offerings include salads, pastas, wraps, traditional Mexican dishes, and a signature hamburger grilled with blue cheese. Gluten free options are available, and the restaurant is also home - twice per week (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.) - to an organic produce market.
Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: In addition to featuring healthy fare, Penny Lane hosts its own organic market twice a week.
Chris's expert tip: Gluten-free options are available.
Healthy travelers will love the nutritious offerings at this local's favorite juice bar, located just off the beaten tourist track, one block behind the Aramburo grocery, and two blocks from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Juices and smoothies made from fresh fruits and vegetables are a specialty - add a hit of protein powder or egg white for an extra jolt of morning energy - as are salads, paninis, sandwiches, bagels and cuernitos (a sort of Mexican croissant, with a choice of toppings). Green Barra also features one of the best local book exchanges, as well as shaded seating at a vintage picnic table.
El Farallón's wow-factor asset is a breathtaking cliffside setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the exclusive Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas. The restaurant pairs fresh local seafood with its romantic atmosphere, adding rustic elegant touches like lanterns and hand-crafted furniture and accents to its spectacular views. The fish is fresh daily and diners pick their dinner market style, choosing from a selection of sea bass, red snapper, striped bass, shrimp, tuna, dorado, clams and lobster. The fish is then weighed and taken to the chef to be grilled with an array of fresh chilies. Soups and salads are included with all entrées and rib-eye steaks are available for those who want the views without the seafood. This ranks with Sunset MonaLisa as one of the most romantic dining experiences in all of Los Cabos and the addition of a Champagne terrace has only enhanced the romance factor.
Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: In addition to locally sourced seafood, El Farallón also offers vegan and vegetarian menus.
Chris's expert tip: Sample the restaurant's signature margaritas.
Since its inception in 1994, Nick-San has been one of the most popular local sushi restaurants, with Chefs Angel Carbajal and Masayuki Nikura crafting a creative and innovative fusion of Japanese cuisine with traditional Mexican ingredients. This sort of fusion has become quite common among area restaurants, but Nick-San was the first, and remains the best. Sample their extensive menu of rolls, as well as house specialties like tempura oysters curry yaki, blue fin tuna sashimi, and beef filet serranito. Lobster lovers may choose from an embarrassment of riches that includes clear lobster rolls, lobster angel sautéed in mustard sauce, fried lobster curry, and lobster sambal marinated in saki, soy sauce, ginger and garlic, and bathed in sweet and sour chile sauces. In addition to the Cabo San Lucas location, there is also a restaurant at Las Tiendas de Palmilla (The Shoppes at Palmilla).
Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: Nick-San is the best sushi restaurant in Baja California Sur.
Chris's expert tip: There are two locations in Los Cabos: one at the Plaza de la Danza in Cabo San Lucas, and the other at Las Tiendas de Palmilla in the Tourist Corridor.
The signature fine dining establishment at Tourist Corridor luxury resort Las Ventanas al Paraíso is known simply as The Restaurant. Baja Med style fusion dishes are the keystones of Chef Fabrice Guisset's menu, which is designed to show off the region's unique culinary style. Ingredients are primarily sourced from local organic farms and the resort's own herb garden, and The Restaurant's extensive wine list shows off top producers from the peninsula's premier wine growing region, Valle de Guadalupe. Old-world, Mexican style tableware and dazzling Sea of Cortés views provide the requisite ambiance, and the service is what one might expect at a world-class luxury resort. The dress code is upscale casual.
"Contemporary Baja fusion" is the focus at chef and restaurateur Tadd Chapman's acclaimed downtown dining fixture, Don Sanchez; where daily tasting menus showcase the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Chapman sources organic produce from his own local farm, Sánchez Orgánico, and grass and grain-fed beef that are wet-aged and seasoned with natural un-iodized sea salt from Guerrero Negro. The wine program here is the best in Los Cabos, with a sommelier on hand for advice on pairing options from the list of 300 plus wines, or sales from the carry-out wine shop. Wine themed events are hosted on a monthly basis, and live entertainment is also a big draw, with the outdoor courtyard hosting a stage and spacious dance floor.
Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: Chef Tadd Chapman is so committed to fresh, local and organic indredients that he started his own organic farm, Sánchez Orgánico.
Chris's expert tip: Wines are a big focus at the new look Don Sánchez. There are over 300 labels available, with modest corkage fees. Carry out sales are permissible until 11 p.m.
Like Flora's Field Kitchen, Restaurante Los Tamarindos showcases intimate farm-to-table dining in a rustic restaurant setting outside San José del Cabo, as well as cooking classes and an onsite organic market. Menu standouts at the scenic al fresco eatery - which overlooks the farm - include vegetarian chile rellenos and baked eggplant rolls, as well as entrée highlights like mesquite wood baked free range chicken and pork shank with green mole. The memorable cooking classes feature a hands on, chef-led immersion into Mexican and Mediterranean culinary traditions, which takes place during the preparation of a four course meal. Farm fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs are available from the onsite organic market, which is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: Los Tamarindos is one of three top local restaurants located on an organic farm.
Chris's expert tip: The slow cooked bone-in pork shank, in green mole with roasted sweet potato, is the "must try" menu item.
The onsite restaurant at El Ameyal Hotel and Wellness Center is a mecca for visiting vegetarians. The restaurant will tailor offerings to specific dietary needs, including special menus for those dealing with hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and diabetes, and special dishes for lacto vegetarians, lacto ovo vegetarians, vegans and raw food adepts. El Ameyal also offers courses in cooking healthy, and nutritional treatments offered in conjunction with spa therapies, including foods intended to detoxify, energize and nourish. All dishes are made with organic ingredients. Special events services are available, including catered food for weddings and birthdays. Hotel guests can have the healthy options via room service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and some delivery options are also available, depending upon location.
Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: El Ameyal will custom tailor dishes to the dietary need of guests. They also offer healthy cooking classes.
Chris's expert tip: Call the restaurant for information about their delivery zones.
Flora's pioneered the farm-to-table dining scene in San José del Cabo, and remains a mandatory stop for visiting foodies. The restaurant looks out over a 10-acre organic field at Flora Farm, so close diners can almost reach out and touch the food they'll soon be eating. Well, actually the meat is sourced from a nearby ranch, but you get the picture. This is fine dining at its most intimate. And it is fine dining. The food is superb, and ranges from gourmet pizzas to heartier fare like farm-raised pork or homemade pastas. Sunday brunch is especially popular, although reservations are recommended for any visit to the restaurant. The adjacent Farm Bar serves up fresh fruit juices, wine, craft beer and cocktails. In addition to the onsite bar, bakery and organic grocery, the property also includes boutique shops and some quaint culinary cottages.
Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: Organic produce comes from the neighboring field, and humanely raised pigs and chickens are sourced from their adjoining ranch.
Chris's expert tip: Good luck finding this place without directions. Luckily, they're available for download on the restaurant's website.