The spirit of Old México is alive and well at Panchos, a restaurant named for one of the country’s most famous men and dedicated to preserving its legacy of good food, good drinks, and good times. And, for those worried about the recent transition of ownership, fear not: Panchos is as good as ever, if not better.
The sprawling restaurant is alive with bright and cheery colors: Just picture the multicolored Mexican table linens with fresh flowers and candles and papel picado (paper cutouts) hanging from the ceiling. Panchos can accommodate up to 150 people at a time—thanks to a multi-room setup—and each guest is treated to views of one-of-a-kind murals. Here you’ll find more than 60 items on the menu—try the chile relleno!—and the bar houses more than 500 types of tequila.
Some diners come annually from as far away as New York for their tamale fix; others drool for coconut shrimp in a special mango sauce made with tequila. Outstanding seafood includes whole grilled red snapper, lobster, and fresh fish. A special may include chicken stuffed with cuitlacoche topped with poblano and panela cheese sauce. For an enjoyable experience, sign up for one of three tequila tastings in their tequila room and receive a “Master of Tequilas” certificate. Reservations suggested. Hidalgo and Zapata, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-2891, www.panchos.com. Daily 8 a.m.–11 p.m. MasterCard, Visa, and vouchers accepted. $–$$$
Contact page in Los Cabos Guide: www.loscabosguide.com/panchos/