for-one happy hour lasts all day?) as you take in your favorite team on one of its 16 HD screens. The food is terrific, too. For a taste of everything, try the Mexican sampler: a choice of cheese or shrimp chile relleno, Angus flank steak, a side of rice and beans, one shrimp or chicken enchiladas, corn or flour tortillas, fresh guacamole, and two slices of cheese quesadilla—all priced at a modest $16 U.S. We’re fans of the flavor-packed tortilla soup (the traditional recipe hits all the right notes), and you can never—ever—go wrong with Mango Cantina’s fish tacos. Cabo San Lucas Marina, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-3012, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mangocantina.com. Daily 8 a.m.–midnight. MasterCard, Visa, American Express $–$$$ F.R. Mango Deck There’s no more exciting spot on Médano Beach—or perhaps in all of Cabo—than the iconic restaurant, bar, and beach club Mango Deck. This is a place that has earned its reputation as a must-visit spring break destination, what with its epic, all-day happy hour, unbeatable beach views, and non-stop vacation vibe. But don’t you dare dismiss Mango Deck as simply a party spot. The menu is stellar, from start to finish. Come early for breakfast: The American-style Two-Two-Two-Two is a must, as are the spicy green chilaquiles. Stick around for lunch: We’re partial to the aguachile, as well as other traditional Mexican dishes like fajitas or molcajetes. Don’t leave yet. Dinner features many of the same favorites, as well as rocking live music performances. Want more reasons to visit? The epic New Year’s Eve party is something you simply can’t miss! And before then, you can join Mango Deck on Wednesday mornings, when the team takes food to children in need. Médano Beach, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 144-4919, www.mangodeck.com. Daily 8 a.m.–11 p.m. MasterCard and Visa accepted. $–$$$. A.A. María Corona There is always something exciting happening at this award-winning restaurant, part of the Baja Cantina family of restaurants. It has long been touted as one of the best spots in Los Cabos for authentic Mexican cuisine, and now María 86 Los Cabos Magazine | Winter 2017 Corona presents a live folklórico show every Tuesday and Wednesday evening, complete with professional dancers and a full-course dinner. María Corona also offers brunch every Sunday (10 a.m.–2 p.m.) with 20 Mexican dishes, and you don’t want to pass up the opportunity to learn from the best with one of its cooking classes. On any given evening, you can enjoy talented mariachi musicians, a live band, or even a strolling magician performing slight-of-hand tricks. Margaritas are served in various delicious flavors, such as mango or pomegranate (not too sweet), and jalapeño (not too spicy). A delicious starter is sautéed mushroom caps with chile guajillo and garlic butter. The guacamole and queso fundido (melted cheese)—both made table side—are two of the most popular options at María Corona, as is the pork shank, which is cooked for eight hours and served with adobo sauce. The meat falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. Mole recipes come straight from the collection of the owner’s grandmother and dating to the early 1900s; try one of the many dishes made with this ancient sauce. Veracruz-style huachinango (red snapper) and the grilled filet of beef served with panela cheese and grilled onions are two other must-try dishes. Top off dinner with a dessert of house-made flan. Valet parking. 16 de Septiembre (between Morelos and Leona Vicario), Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-1111, www.mariacoronarestau rant.com. Mon.–Sat. noon – 11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–11 p.m. MasterCard, Visa and vouchers accepted. $–$$$ S.A.B. Mi Casa Speak to a regular visitor to Cabo San Lucas, and you’re likely to hear something like this: “We come every year, and every year we make sure to visit Mi Casa!” Why such loyalty? The charming and expansive downtown spot—part of the Mi Casa family of restaurants that also includes La Panga Antigua and Peacock’s—is a celebration of traditional Mexican cuisine, art, and culture. The colorfully appointed Mi Casa invites guests to dine, explore, and linger—and shop; the gift shop is mesmerizing. The walls—inside and out—feature art and other traditional decor, and clowns, musicians, and fortunetelling birds meander. Not interested? Just wave them off FROM LEFT: FRANCISCO ESTRADA; MIGUEL VENTURA From left: María Corona specializes in traditional Mexican flavors, and its Mayan-style cochinita pibil is an especially delicious find; María Corona is famous for its traditional Mexican dishes and lively atmosphere (pictured: shrimp tacos).
Los Cabos Magazine Issue 45 Winter 2017
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