Rise and shine at these five must-try restaurants
By Beto Haro Romero
Famed journalist John Gunther once wrote, “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” These are words to live by, especially in a city like Cabo San Lucas, where there is no shortage of excellent breakfast spots. In fact, so many restaurants offer praiseworthy a.m. spreads that we had trouble narrowing down our list to just five.
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Now, without further ado, let’s focus on our favorite finds. Each of these spots offers not only an excellent morning feast but also a little something extra, whether it’s welcome relief for the pocketbook, a delicious cocktail pair, or straight-up culinary wizardry.
Romeo & Julieta (www.restaurantromeoyjulieta.com) has long been a favorite of Los Cabos Magazine contributors. Chef Matias Forte salutes his native Italy with a menu that seamlessly blends tradition with innovation and his passion for healthy food and good nutrition. Now this downtown Cabo San Lucas spot has introduced an international breakfast menu that inspires many return visits. Discover the singular joy of eating a freshly baked croissant, transport yourself to Spain with the torta española (an omelet with potato and confit onion that’s served with zucchini and Italian sausage), or opt for the classic eggs Benedict. Our favorite, though, is Romeo & Julieta’s spin on a traditional Croque Madame: a sunny-side-up egg sits atop ham, mozzarella, béchamel, and a toasted whole wheat bread and comes served with Italian sausage. Pair it with the bottomless mimosas (only $100 M.X. and served 8 a.m.–1 p.m. daily), and you’re basically in heaven.
Campestre Restaurant Bar (www.restaurantcampestreloscabos.com) is somewhat off the beaten path. It’s not on the marina, or on the beach, or along the main strip in downtown Cabo San Lucas. But it is so, so, so worth the taxi ride that it will take to get you there (don’t worry; it’s only about five minutes away from the Cabo San Lucas Marina). This is one of the most popular Cabo San Lucas restaurants among locals—and in-the-know ex-pats. The menu is big, the servings are generous, and the dishes are undeniably delicious. There is a great debate among chilaquiles aficionados who fight over sauce selection: You’re either #TeamRed or #TeamGreen. But whatever you prefer, you’ll be a winner at Campestre. As we already said, the sizes are enormous; most people will get plenty by opting for a half-order of chilaquiles (quartered corn tortilla pieces that are lightly fried and served with eggs). For the ultimate experience, pair them with Campestre’s perfectly seasoned steak and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Los Barriles (624-143-1619) is a welcome sight any time of day, but that’s especially true at 7 a.m. The white cloth-covered tables in the open, colorful courtyard beckon passersby to stop in, have a cup of java, a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, or a Bloody Mary. A great selection of breakfast fare is available from that old favorite of oatmeal served with fresh fruit to any egg dish your heart desires. At the very top of our list is the shrimp omelet stuffed with those morsels from the sea. If you can’t decide on the filling, order the chef’s special omelet that has a little bit of everything, or create your own. For the health conscious, an egg white omelet with veggies is no problem. The presentation is appealing with a colorful taco cup of refried beans and a side of hash browns. The salsas for additional toppings are made fresh.
There are few spots more synonymous with Cabo than Mango Deck (www.mangodeck.com) on Médano Beach.College students love its lineup of contests, all-day two-for-one special ondrinks, and downright fun vibe. But Mango Deck’s menu also has some of our favorite breakfasts in town, including spicy chilaquiles and the Two, Two, Two, Two (two eggs any style, two slices of bacon, two sausage links, and two pieces of toast). Top honors go to its Sunday buffet (8 a.m.–midday), which features a huge, ever-changing selection of American and Mexican breakfast standards for only about $12 U.S. for adults.
Last but not least, let’s turn our attention to Solomon’s Landing (www.solomonslandingcabo.com), a Cabo San Lucas Marina favorite that’s known for having one of the biggest menus in Cabo—and, quite possibly, the world. Here you’ll find all the American and Mexican standards for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as sushi, pastas, a children’s menu, and more. You can even hire Solomon’s Landing to cater your next event.Start your breakfast with a freshly squeezed orange juice and fruit plate. Need coffee? The organic house blend is a worthy companion to any meal. There’s plenty to love on this breakfast menu, including the pecan and banana waffles, eggs Benedict with sautéed shrimp, and the chile relleno (a poblano chile stuffed with scrambled eggs and cheese, then covered with a spicy sauce). But the star of the menu—and a recent episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives—is the French toast stuffed with cream cheese, sliced strawberries and bananas, then topped with a strawberry-banana compote, powdered sugar, and more.—additional reporting by Sandra A. Berry
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