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80 Los Cabos Magazine | Summer 2016 service and traditional flavors, with dishes that include carnitas, burritos, chiles rellenos, enchiladas, fajitas, and quesadillas. El Coral also specializes in seafood dishes like ceviche, scallops, calamari, jumbo shrimp, red snapper, lobster tails, and a tasty bacon-wrapped shrimp with cheese sprinkled on top. For something different, try the stuffed avocado with shrimp or lobster salad. Spent the day on the water? Drop your catch, and the chefs will fire it up in all different types of ways: grilled in the open fire mesquite grill, fried, Veracruz, garlic, ceviche, and blackened. Boulevard Marina and Miguel Hidalgo, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-0150. Daily 8 a.m.–11 p.m. MasterCard, Visa, and vouchers accepted. $–$$$ F.R. El Meson Framed by a quartet of white pillars on a terrace that overlooks a spacious infinity pool and the rather more spacious Sea of Cortés, El Meson’s alfresco dining area offers a spectacular setting. Fresh local seafood and produce are the primary ingredients, and the Mexican menu options are both numerous and delicious, with appetizers like octopus carpaccio and chocolate clams zarandeado and entrées like panseared tuna with yellow curry mole and basmati rice. The specialty of the house, however, is a generous mariscada de molcajete featuring Pacific shrimp, parrotfish, and octopus, with accents of Meyer lemon, mezcal, and garlic. This seafood bowl is flambéed tableside by one of the restaurant’s excellent waiters; the service is easily equal to the food and views. El Meson is also open for breakfast, and indoor dining is available. Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, km 19.5 on the tourist corridor, (624) 145-6500, www.hiltonloscabos. com. Daily 7 a.m.–11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.– 10:30 p.m. All major credit cards accepted. $$–$$$ C.S. French Riviera You expect the excellent Mexican restaurants, and the Los Cabos dining season has earned plenty of attention for its Japanese and Italian offerings. But in San José del Cabo you also have the opportunity to enjoy a short culinary excursion to France. The French Riviera bistro incorporates French flavors and techniques with a Mexican twist. You will, of course, find an entire case of pastries, including a variety of macaroons, napoleons, crème brûlée, and dessert crepes. But there are also concoctions like a traditional Mexican sope topped with refried beans, mushrooms, béchamel sauce, and a touch of chile. Another is a dish called tiradito, which consists of a fusion of yellowtail tuna sashimi and ceviche. Drop by at teatime and indulge in an ice cream cocktail. Ask for the chef’s dinner special, or a tasting menu can be enjoyed for approximately $30 U.S. per person, and includes appetizer, main course, dessert and a glass of wine. Manuel Doblado and Miguel Hidalgo, San José del Cabo, (624) 130-7864 and (624) 130- 7883, www.frenchrivieraloscabos.com. Daily 7 a.m.–10 p.m. MasterCard and Visa accepted. $$–$$$ S.A.B. FROM TOP: Hugo Román; courtesy hilton los cabos beach & golf resort; Francisco Estrada El Coral Four decades in, and El Coral is just as charming as it’s ever been—if not more so. Located in the heart of Cabo San Lucas (right at Marina Boulevard and Miguel Hidalgo, directly across the street from Tesoro Los Cabos Hotel), the family-owned El Coral recently underwent a remodel. It’s spacious and filled with light, a gem among the city’s many downtown offerings. What has kept people coming for more than 40 years? That would be El Coral’s signature From top: It’s a feast of fajitas at El Coral in downtown Cabo San Lucas; you’ve found your new favorite breakfast spot in El Meson (pictured: Egg Motuleños with two eggs sunny side up, crispy corn tortilla, sweet peas, house-made chorizo, fried plantain, and roasted tomato salsa); for dinner, try the piccatine di pollo at Invita Bistro.


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