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Los Cabos Magazine | Summer 2016 81 D I N I N G Invita Bistro The most beautiful window in Cabo San Lucas looks out across the festively lit gazebo in the center of the town square toward an artful arrangement of colorfully painted villas that cling to a Pedregal hillside. The expansive window and an enormous wine-themed painting from local artist Yandi Monardo give chef Antonello Lauri’s Invita Bistro its signature visual style, but the heart of the restaurant’s charm is its menu of Italian specialty dishes made from family recipes. Salads come in two sizes, chica or grande; the small portion is sufficient for two, especially if followed by a tasting of the variety of dishes such as a soufflé de primavera made with veggies, béchamel, and Parmesan, or perhaps the restaurant’s signature dish: eggplant parmigiana. If you haven’t yet tried saltimbocca, this Roman specialty may become your favorite. Finely sliced beef is sprinkled with sage and topped with a thin slice of prosciutto, sautéed in butter, then braised in white wine. Dessert is a must: tiramisu, crème brûlée, or cannoli. Miguel Hidalgo, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-1386, www.invitabistro.com. Nightly 5 p.m.–11 p.m. MasterCard and Visa accepted. $$ S.A.B. John’s Place We’re big fans of this downtown Cabo San Lucas spot, an open-air restaurant with an outsize menu and endless charm. John’s Place is the real deal, and its “Real Deal” breakfast will make you a believer. For only $4 U.S., this feast includes three eggs, mixed fruit, potatoes, beans, toast, and tasty slices of bacon. Come evening, enjoy a feast fit for a king: Lobster, rib eye, and shrimp make up one dinner combo. The huachinango (red snapper) is a delightfully traditional Mexican offering. Another favorite is the all-you-can-eat finger-licking good baby back barbecued ribs (complete with baked potato and corn) for $18.50 U.S. The two-for-one pasta night is a must for pasta lovers, and it can include savory choices from fettuccine Alfredo with asparagus and prawns, penne with meatballs, seafood linguini, and fettuccine Alfredo with chicken. You’ll love all of these while watching sports; they’ve got all the NFL games, basketball, and more. Boulevard Marina and Vicente Guerrero, (624) 105-0381, (624) 145-4071, www.facebook.com/johnsplacecabo, info @johnsplacecabo.com. Major credit cards accepted. Daily 7 a.m.–10 p.m. $–$$$ F.R. La Casa de Don Juan What started as a breakfast restaurant in 2014, La Casa de Don Juan has expanded its menu to add new dimension. Breakfast is still primary with any kind of egg dish you would expect in this truly Mexican fonda, such as eggs with steak or mole or omelets with choice of ingredients. They also have menudo (tripe with white or red sauce with cilantro, onion,


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