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IBO: Fine Dining on the Water

"Fine Dining" in NYC, SF, LA, etc. generates a certain expectation of the diner. Finding a restaurant that provides that expectation in the southern Baja is not something you tend to find in small villages along the infamous Highway 1.

Enter IBO in Puerto Escondido, the only "deep water" port in the area around Loreto, BCS. Historically the port supported a small snack shop and a pretty good Mexican restaurant however port ownership changes and the poor tourist economy forced the closure of most businesses.

Recently (2015) a local hotel/restaurant owner in the area opened a new restaurant with "fine dining" as the target.

The wine list has something for most, but more importantly for casual diners, wines from Santo Tomas are the "table wines" poured by the glass.

The menu has everything from fresh fish and other seafood to lamb, pork and beef.

Like any good restaurant expensive ingredients mean expensive bills, however the overall cost, while expensive for small Mexican villages, is far less expensive than the same meal in the US or Canada at a restaurant serving comparable fare.

Favorite Dish: My friend had lamb chops and said they were excellent. I chose the filet because I'm picky on how I like my steaks done. Not only was the steak done to perfection it practically melted in my mouth. It was excellent. All other diners with our party had similar experiences with their seafood dishes.

Address: Puerto Escondido, Loreto, BCS

Price Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: Enter Puerto Escondido and go to the Port Building on the water. Restaurant on the second floor.

Price: US$41 and up

Rating: 4

Theme: Local

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  • Written Dec 6, 2015
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El Cardon Cantina: Craft Beer on Tap El Cardon Cantina Review

Kieran & Norma Raftery, owners of the 1697 Restaurant in Loreto have opened a Cantina in Loreto Bay. Located in the Founders neighborhood they have a wonderful menu enhanced by a daily special.

Favorite Dish: I'm particularly fond of the soft chicken tacos but everthing I've tried is good. They even serve craft beer on tap made in Loreto by Kieran. He has just opened the first "micro brewery" in Loreto called Zopilote.

Address: Paseo Mision de Loreto # 171, Nopolo

Price Comparison: about average

Directions: East side of the Paseo about a quarter mile north of the Avenue entrance to Nopolo.

Phone: 613-104-0195

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 10, 2014
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1697 Restaurant and Bar: 1697 - Mexican-Italian Fusion 1697 Restaurant Review

First impression...What is an Italian Restaurant doing in Mexico...Well...duh...who were the first "missionaries" that "founded" Loreto. Jesuit Priests...ah...Vadican...Itay.... get the picture?

The 1697 Restaurant is a dedication to the founding "fathers" of the city. The founding party was actually multi-cultural and the restaurant trys to reflect that fact.

All dishes we tried were excellent. In the years since it has opened we've probably had everything on the menu and everything has been very good.

Keep in mind my comment below about price is comparing this restaurant to a basic taco or hot dog stand which is typical dining in Loreto for most people. While the taco stand has great prices, the ambiance of a restaurant dining experience is somewhat lacking so this is a case of "you get what you pay for."

In my opinion 1697 has great ambiance, great food and friendly staff. It has become one of my favorite locations and the owners have become friends.

Favorite Dish: The food is great. For our first meal, I had the Lassanga, my wife a meat pasta and my daughter a 'vegetarian pizza.' ALL were great. My favorite has become the pasta Bolognese with more pasta than I can eat in one sitting covered by a very good meat sauce.

This place is a keeper; we keep coming back and introducing more friends to the location.

Address: Davis St, Loreto, BCS

Price Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: Behind (east side) the park which is in front of the City Municipal Building in the Historic Distric.

Phone: (613) 135.2538

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Italian

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 10, 2014
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Los Mandiles: Inexpensive on the Malacon Los Mandiles Review

The patio at Los Mandiles is like many restaurants in Loreto. Dirt/gravel floor, plastic tables and chairs, but what sets this facility apart is the incredible food. The patio is larger than it looks and seats about 40. There are a few tables inside, but most people choose to eat outside and enjoy the sun and fresh air looking out to the Sea of Cortes.

The food is fresh, and tasty. Service is quick and bilingual. In fact they have menus in both Spanish and English.

The restaurant is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm daily except Sunday when it's open only unto 5:00 pm and Tuesday when it is closed.

Prices are extremely reasonable. Breakfast can be had for only 50-75 pesos. Lunches are equally reasonable.

Favorite Dish: I love their sopes but I add their hot pico de gallo for more spice. Fresh made tortilla, taste beans and chicken topped with sour cream, lettuce and avocado. Three to a plate for only 60 pesos. A very filling meal.

The Chicken Mole (on the menu as Mole Poblano) is probably the best in Loreto.

Address: Malecon Loreto BCS

Price Comparison: about average

Directions: On the Malecon almost at the corner of Calle Miguel Hidalgo. Follow Salvatierra/Miguel Hidalgo to the water, turn left and the restaurant is 1 door from the corner.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 29, 2014
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Fandango: Fandango Coffee Shop Fandango Review

Fandango opened in the spring of 2009 and moved a few blocks east in 2012. It is now located just a block from the historic section of Loreto on Miguel Hildalgo.

While primarily a coffee and tea shop with light munchies, it also has a few sandwiches as well. The day I checked it out the features were Ham and Cheese or Turkey.

Favorite Dish: This place is still finding its niche. It's a bit eclectic for Loreto, but it's a great place for kids under "drinking age" to come.

Address: Miguel Hildalgo, Loreto BCS

Price Comparison: about average

Directions: Enter Loreto on Salvatierra from Hwy 1. About two blocks after the traffic light (only one in town) look for Fandango on the right side of the street.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 29, 2014
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Agave: Gourmet on the street Agave Review

Chef Carlos has a limited but tempting menu. If you prefer, call in advance and order what you want. He will prepare pretty much what ever you want (for a price).

Special orders are typically outstanding. Our Thai Yellow Tail (fresh caught by one of the diners) was excellent.

Address: Salvatierra, Loreto, BCS

Price Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: Located in the "square" of Historic Loreto just past Posada de la Flores hotel on Salvatierra.

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 4

Theme: Local

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  • Updated Oct 29, 2014
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El Rey Taco: El Rey - Best Tacos in Loreto El Rey del Taco Review

How do you accurately describe a (very) local "restaurant" in a small town in Mexico. Think only of the food. Close your eyes, be led to the plate, eat, enjoy and only then look around you.

Toward the end of Benito Juarez at the corner of Misionar is such a place. Open only when there is fish or beef to be served, this has been describe as serving the best tacos in Loreto.

Seating is sparse. Room for maybe 6 or 8 at the "main table" and a few more at the "bar" (take out is the prime business) however, it is worth it. I've only had fish tacos at 4 different places and these were as good as it gets. My wife says the Carne Arsada was the best she's ever had.

I've heard comments like " if we drive by and see it open, we stop and eat, regardless of when we ate last..."

Favorite Dish: There are only two items on the menu - Fish or Beef Tacos. Both are incredible.

As for price...four tacos and two cokes - 100 pesos... may have been the gringo price but you can't beat it.

Address: Benio Juarez

Price Comparison: least expensive

Directions: Corner of Benito Juarez and Misionar. Only two blocks from the Mission.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 3, 2014
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Del Borracho: Sunday Brunch in style Del Borracho Review

The "saloon" is located a quarter mile west on the road to San Javier, just off of Highway 1, and has fast become a "regular" stop for gringos as well as locals.

The Sunday Brunch with a couple of Bloody Mary's is the best there is. Lunch on most any day has specials but the burgers are one of the best in town.

"Biker Mike" the former owner drops in occasionally to check on the new owners Vince and Maria.

Although there are new owners the same great food comes out of the kitchen. Marta is still greeting people as they enter and order food and Jorge is still racing around making certain customers are happy and tending bar.

The only downside is that Vince carries on Mike's tradition an closes for the summer, so don't plan on getting refreshed from July through September.

Favorite Dish: Most any of the egg, pancake and waffle breakfast dishes are excellent, It's been described as an American bar/roadhouse in Mexico.

Lunch specials are also great. The French Dip melts in your mouth and the tuna salad tastes like it is fresh caught tuna (just might be considering the amount of yellow tail in the bay).

The tuna salad is only 50 pesos and draft beer is 30. A bargain anywhere.

Address: Road to San Javier

Price Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: Located on the road to San Javier about a quarter mile off of Highway 1. It's hard to miss a saloon in the desert.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 3, 2014
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Mezzaluna II: Pizza and Pasta at last Mezzaluna II Review

The owners of Mezzaluna II have expanded from Mezzaluna located on Salvatierra. The interior is quite small with room for only 3-4 tables but it's much better in the evening to dine outside where another 4 tables (for 4) are located.

The menu is small but highly customizable making it a delight. Pizzas are thin crust and cooked perfectly. Pastas are al dente and sauces very tasty.

Prices below are in Mexican Pesos (Approx conversion is 12-13:1 US)

The Pizza comes in Small, Medium, Large at a very modest price 65, 90, 130.

The pasta offering:
Fussilli Fellini 70
Lasagna de la Nona 85
Gnocci Trastevere 85

Salads:
Caesar w/ chicken 87
La scalable chopped salad 75

Favorite Dish: As I love good pizza, any of the pizzas are great right off the menu or customized with changed ingredients.

The meat lasagna (Lasagna de la Nona) is very good and one of my favorites.

Address: Miguel Hidalgo y Fco Madero

Price Comparison: about average

Directions: Located only a couple blocks from the waterfront (Malecon) at the entrance to the historic distric of Loreto and across the street from one of Loreto's taxi stands. Easy access even without a car.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Italian

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  • Updated Mar 2, 2014
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Quatro Altos: Good burgers and Music Closed Restaurants Review

As fast as it reopened, it closed and the building is for sale. Great location for a new owner.

One of the newer restaurants that has just re-opened under new managment. The second floor dining room over looks one of Loreto's "main streets" (Benito Juarez). The menu is not extensive, but well prepared.

Music by guitarrista Herzon Rivera can be heard on Friday and Saturday nights.

Favorite Dish: The hamburgers are excellent. More American style than the rough cut beef typically served.

Address: Benito Juarez y Indepencia

Price Comparison: about average

Directions: Enter town on Salvatierra; turn left on Indepencia (at El Pescador) and go 1 block. Restaurant is on the left at the corner of Benito Juarez.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: Local

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  • Updated Mar 2, 2014
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