Pancho’s Restaurant – LCM 41 SUMMER 2015

Pancho’s puts a sophisticated twist on the traditional—and ubiquitous—coconut shrimp dish. Photo by Rogelio Pérez

Since first opening 20 years ago, Pancho’s has delighted diners by serving premium Mexican food in a museum-quality space alive with color and folk art—not to mention a tequila collection with more than 500 labels. Although there is new ownership, guests can expect the same great food, attentive service, and atmosphere that have drawn diners from around the world. Some 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. One combo plate includes the best chile relleno I’ve ever eaten. 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. For dessert, ask for the chocolate tequila tasting (not on the menu), where you check the flavors, colors, and taste of various tequilas with bites of chocolate laced with pepper, chile, orange, and cardamom. Live music nightly. Full bar. Reservations suggested. Hidalgo and Zapata, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-2891, Daily 8 a.m.–11 p.m. MasterCard, Visa, and vouchers accepted. $–$$$ S.A.B.