Page 55

Los Cabos Magazine #37 - Summer 2014

SUMMER 2014 | LOS CABOS MAGAZINE 53 Chef Tadd Chapman has changed the way we eat and talk about food in Los Cabos. During a short time span, he has introduced several San José del Cabo eateries—some he started, some he sold, and some he revamped—including three very popular establishments. The f i r s t loc a t ion i s named Habanero’s Gastro Grill & Tequila Bar (www.habanerosgastrogrill.com), which is named after the habanero chile pepper and opened in October 2004. The restaurant serves European-style bistro fare with a Mexican twist, which Chapman calls Mexican fusion. In 2010 Chapman christened Don Sanchez (www.donsanchezrestaurant.com), reinventing it as a fine dining concept in November 2012. He owns the building in which Don Sanchez is housed and, later that year, he opened the Retro Burger Bar (www.retroburgerbar.com) in the space above it. The three restaurants are as different as their names imply. Habanero’s began as a sidewalk café. Picture a European bistro, where you can sit outside and people watch. These are not the norm in Los Cabos, so Chapman shielded the area around Habanero’s with areca palms so patrons could enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner with some privacy. When the opportunity presented itself, Chapman expanded into the space next door and added an air-conditioned tequila bar—complete with 100-plus tequilas—while maintaining the open terrace to take advantage of Los Cabos’ beautiful weather. In 2005, his mother, Christina Chapman—an excellent chef in her own right—joined him as a venture partner in Habanero’s. While primarily a dinner spot, the restaurant has established itself as a morning favorite. It is especially popular on Sunday mornings, when the 15-item menu includes four varieties of eggs Benedict and a mixture of Chef Tadd Chapman is the mind behind Habanero’s, Don Sanchez, and the Retro Burger Bar. Mexican and American-style dishes. All are available for less than $9 U.S. and come with coffee and fresh fruit. Specials are the norm here. On Taco Tuesdays, you can select from those made with lobster, fish, shrimp, and pulled pork. Huge “designer” salads are also popular, as is Mexican fare, specialty burgers including one called Sloppy Texas Burger made with tequila barbecue sauce, and pasta dishes. The topselling dinner is the surf and turf for two. On any particular day, the dinner special may be arrachera served on top of mashed potatoes with sautéed rajas and onions in a delicious cream sauce. It is worth a visit to find out what chicken Voodoo and chicken Piazza are. Sinful desserts—all made by Chapman’s mother, Christina—include Mexican coffee mud pie. Chapman gives guests a fine dining experience at his multilevel Don Sanchez restaurant, which is located in the center of the popular commercial area of San José del Cabo. The elegant entry feeds into an impressive


Los Cabos Magazine #37 - Summer 2014
To see the actual publication please follow the link above