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nations and romantic seaside aeries. Sunset Mona Lisa (www.sunsetmon alisa.com) falls so thoroughly into the latter category that it is annually ranked as one of the most romantic restaurants on Earth. Try watching the sun set over Land’s End and the Cabo San Lucas Bay from its Taittinger 62 Los Cabos Magazine | Winter 2017 Terrace Oyster & Champagne Bar without proposing to your dinner date. It’s almost impossible. That Sunset Mona Lisa, like Nick-San, has its own fishing boats is a good indicator of its commitment to freshness and quality. For a meal as memorable as the views, try the octopus with porcini mushrooms and black truffles or the roasted Sea of Cortés tuna with caramelized endive and essence of Campari. Italian-style pastas are also favored by local foodies. Local Tip No. 5: If a restaurant has its own fishing boats, that’s a good sign. Mexican cuisine and seafood are not mutually exclusive, and in fact some of the most satisfying local dishes utilize traditional seafood preparations. Grupo Mi Casa (www.micasagroup FROM TOP: HUGO ROMÁN; COURTESY PAN DI BACCO D I N I N G cabo.com) provides proof aplenty at its signature Mi Casa restaurants in downtown Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte. Both locations offer a wealth of delicious seafood fare, from baby octopus sautéed in garlic butter to Acapulco style shrimp cocktail and lobster a la Ensenada. And if you tire of fish (perish the thought!), there are always traditional crowd pleasers like mole poblano, chile en nogada, and cochinita pibil. Local Tip No. 6: If a restaurant has been open for more than 20 years, it’s because locals have supported it. Neapolitan-themed eatery Pan di Bacco (www.pandibacco.com) is less than a block from the Cabo San Lucas Marina, so it comes as no surprise that its Boot-style seafood is salty fresh. Need proof? Try the fettucine gamberoni with Baja shrimp and lemon sauce, or the black squid focaccia with shrimp, calamari, and cherry tomato. Each exceeds expectations. Local Tip No. 7: Don’t be afraid to ask your server…or random locals… for recommendations. Y From top: Mi Casa is known for traditional Mexican flavors like this shrimp cocktail; the fettucine gamberoni at Pan di Bacco features Baja shrimp and lemon sauce. Shoppes at Palmilla—both of which pair time-honored sushi preparations with regional Mexican ingredients and have proved extremely popular with locals. Signature seafood dishes include a sublime lobster sambal marinated in sake, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic, and lathered in sweet-and-sour chile sauces. Daikoku (www.daikoku.com.mx) is a more recent arrival, at least in Los Cabos (Daikoku restaurants have been fixtures of the México City dining scene for decades), but it immediately won over locals with a charming mix of traditional Japanese-style appointments and culinary offerings. Care to relax amid Zen-inducing atmospheric elements like a water wheel and koi pond while working your way through an enormous selection of seafood rolls? This is the place. Local Tip No. 4: Nearly every area restaurant offers “you hook it, we cook it” specials. Seafood restaurants run the gamut in Los Cabos, from barefoot beachfront dining spots and nautical-themed waterfront dives to fine dining desti


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