Located next to a big wash at the intersection of Forjadores
(the road that leads out to Los Cabos), and Colima. This
restaurant has the best stuffed crab you'll ever try. The
filling is a mixture of delightfully seasoned crab, tomato,
onion, with a breaded covering that's deep fried golden and
crispy. Most of their seafood is breaded and fried, but let me
tell you . . . this place puts Long John Silvers
to shame even on a bad day.
Very kid friendly. Has a trampoline. Reasonable prices, too.
The owners do the cooking and that's always a good thing. And,
if you like to watch soccer on TV, you will have found heaven.
Allende just past Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez (10 blocks behind
Los Arcos Hotel). I recommend this little open air hamburger
joint for everything but its hamburgers. There's nothing wrong
with them. They're just Mexican style and I have an American
style place I like much better. What El Rey does well, and I
mean really well, are milk shakes! If you want a quality
milk shake in a frosted glass that, on a hot sweaty day, will
just make you go AAAAAAAHHHHHH, go to El Rey. I don't know of a
shake in the U.S. that can even compare. And it's truly a
miracle to me because Mexican milk shakes are usually something
like a glorified glass of chocolate milk.
The fries here are also freshly made and nice and crispy.
Mexican fare like Sopes (fried corn cakes topped like tostadas),
is also quite good. They open around 4:30 in the afternoon and
stay open as late as 1 on weekends.
A lot of Americans have already found out about this one.
Located 3 blocks off the Malecon, at the intersection of Bravo
and Madero (right across from the ISSTE market), this little gem
is family owned and gives you a selection of about seven or eight home
cooked meals to choose from on the "comida corrida" or "fast
food" menu every day. The meals are served up with soup, entree
with rice and beans, a glass of jamaica tea, and Jell-O for
dessert, for only 30 pesos.
You can eat inside or on the patio, but both places have cloth
table clothes and excellent, really fast service. The owners
work there and the quality control is obviously quite good
because of it. Be sure and give the cooks your compliments on
the way out. They are very proud of what they cook - and with
One block behind the Malecon, about a half a block away from 16
de Septiembre, this nice little French restaurant is located in
an old house with a pleasant courtyard framing the eating area.
I highly recommend the pork steak in mustard sauce. To be
honest, I'm so stuck on that and the shrimp and artichoke salad
that I haven't tried much else. But maybe you will.
La Baguette Francais
An excellent french bakery. Tiny place located at the moorings
in the Marina Palmira. The food packs as good a punch as the
location. They have fresh baked breads, including really yummy
croissants, good sandwiches and breakfasts, very tasty lunch
specials, a fantastic home made salad dressing, and the best cup
of fresh brewed decaf in La Paz.
As usual, this place is a testament to the quality of places
where the owners are totally involved in the daily business of a
restaurant. Lupita, the co-owner, is the perfect tri-lingual
waitress, taking great care to casually monitor customers to
ensure a quality product.
Also at a walkable distance from the Malecon (two blocks), located
right off Bravo after you get to the top of the hill. I don't know
the name of the street, but there's a sushi bar on the corner.
Just a little palapa, but pretty good American style burgers
that you dress yourself with American style vegetables. Also
has a good fresh salad with grilled chicken on top, although
it's packed so tight that it tends to spill over the sides on
you. Ask for an extra bowl to properly attack it.
Hot dogs are also good and they have lots of variety of toppings
that you can order on both dogs and burgers. The fries are a
little disappointing there. Although they make them fresh,
they're never crispy. Otherwise you can't go wrong at El
Mesquite. They don't open till 8 at night and are closed on
Abasolo and (Mar Mediteranae?), in the Colonia Fidepaz. I
haven't eaten at this restaurant yet, but have to list it in my
recommendations because I haven't met an American yet that
didn't like the place. I've been told they have really
good ribs and a salad bar, I believe.
Santos Degollado and Altamirano. Handicapped only by being a
seafood restaurant without a view of the beach, this is still
widely considered to be the best seafood restaurant in town.
Locals love it, and with good reason. Definitely worth trying
if you like a really tasty shellfish soup, perfectly done fried
fish, and lots of stuffed seafood creations.
Navarro and the beach a couple blocks past Marina La Paz. A
little off the beaten path, but still on the beach, this
restaurant has excellent seafood and very good service. Family
run and a nice beach side location. Try the "pescado
sarandeado", a grilled fish with a lovely pepper and onion sauce
on top. Yum Yum
Mar y Pena
Take 16 de Septiembre till just past Isabel La Catolica.
Excellent seafood restaurant and the prices are very reasonable.
They have the whole menu of everything that you'd find at the
restaurants on the beach and are pretty comparable to the
Bismark, but at half the price!