Los Cabos Magazine | Spring 2016 89 DINING Mi Casa Cabo San Lucas In México, dead men don’t wear plaid. Instead, they’re adorned in dapper, brightly colored suits and often spotted with knowing smiles. At least that’s the case at Mi Casa, a Cabo San Lucas institution known for its festive atmosphere, attentive staff, and stellar menu. There’s a playful if macabre Day of the Dead theme that envelops the restaurant and its gift shop. Musicians, artists, and clowns parade through the front section of Mi Casa, but are easily dismissed with a wave of the “no-thank-you” hand. For a more subdued experience, retreat to the back, where you can enjoy an intimate dinner. The shrimp cocktail is one of the best in town, and Mi Casa’s signature margaritas are strong and tasty (ask for the jalapeño one). The chicken in mole poblano is one of Mi Casa’s trademark dishes: Its flavors are authentic and simply out of this world. The carnitas dish is another winner: the perfectly cooked dish is served with rice and beans for about $13 U.S. Mi Casa boasts fresh, house-made corn tortillas that are served thick and warm. One of the more surprising entrées is the grilled whole shell-on lobster cooked in spicy, garlic butter, that arrives with rice, beans, and vegetables. Avenida Cabo San Lucas S/N (in front of Plaza Amelia Wilkes), Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-1933, www.micasarestaurant.com.mx. Mon.–Sun. 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.; Sun. 5:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. MasterCard and Visa accepted. $–$$$ F.R. Mi Casa San José del Cabo Nestled among galleries and studios in the heart of San José del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte, Mi Casa is an elegant showcase for Los Cabos-style local color and traditional Mexican specialty dishes. The restaurant’s picturesque and romantic courtyard dining area is in sync with neighborhood’s bohemian ambience, but the delicious menu offerings are a unique fusion of México’s culinary heritage and the artistic sensibilities of Alain Derouin, excecutive chef for Grupo Mi Casa (there is another Mi Casa restaurant in Cabo San Lucas, as well as acclaimed stand-alones like Café Canela, Peacock’s, and La Panga Antigua). Begin your fine dining journey with beloved Baja starters like almejas rellenas (fire pit cooked queen clams stuffed with bacon, cheese, and veggies) and choriburro (a machaca- and chorizo-filled burrito), then progress to regional favorites like Pueblan chile en nogada and mole poblano, and that famed Yucatecan standard, cochinita pibil, before finishing with decadent meal cappers like a Mexican goat cheese tart baked with piloncillo and damiana liqueur, and añejo tequila–infused mango ice cream. And for the maximum Mi Casa experience, pair your multicourse meal with selections from the internationally representative wine list, including excellent options from Baja’s own wine country, Valle de Guadalupe outside Ensenada. Calle Álvaro Obregón 19, San José del Cabo, (624) 146-9263, www .micasarestaurant.com.mx. Nightly 5 p.m.–10 p.m. All major credit cards and vouchers accepted. $$–$$$$ C.S.
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