Cabo Dining Adventures: Part VI

On the last full day of our trip, everyone in my group wanted to linger at home and pack, however, I was up for more adventure. So I ventured on to the sister resort, Pueblo Bonito Rosé, which is located on the swimmable beach off the Sea of Cortez. After a 20 minute shuttle ride, I took a seat pool side and began my day.

Pueblo Bonito Rose Poolside Café

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As a child visiting this resort and pool, I have many memories meeting other children and making new friends. I spent many of hours by the pool and also enjoyed the poolside café! However, I never really recall having an amazing meal but just something to eat while by the pool.  Things are good but it is more of a bar and junk food type of restaurant. For this visit, however, I was really interested in discerning my actual views on this dining experience.

IMAG1615I would typically order the steak nachos (roughly $11.83), but in an effort to reduce my red meat intake, I decided to opt for the shrimp nachos (roughly $12.64) instead.  The nachos included fried tortilla chips, refried beans, low-fat cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole, jalapenos, Mexican sauce with sautéed shrimp. Sounds like it would be pretty amazing right? However, it was just ok. The nachos were served pretty quickly. The picture looks way better than it actually was. Not sure what Mexican sauce is but from the plate, I’m guessing it was the salsa. I think the most disappointing part of the nachos were that the shrimp were bland and did not blend well with the dish. It was like they took them from another dish and just threw them on the plate. I can appreciate that they cut them so that you had a lot of shrimp in every bite but, there needed to be more flavor added to the shrimp. The cheese was pretty good to be low-fat but the other disappointing part was that the refried beans were pretty bland as well. I make my own refried beans at home and can do a better job. If I can do it better, while in Mexico, there is a problem.

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However, consider that this is not a place for fine dining.  The typical clientele are children and maybe young adults so they are not as considered with making amazing tasty food. And the food is considerably cheap as well. I would recommend getting some Mexican at a local restaurant and taking it poolside to enjoy. There are plenty of options nearby and the one I was recommended to visit for delicious fish tacos was Tacos Gardenias. http://www.tacosgardenias.com/our-menu/

In addition to the nachos, I decided to cool down with a nice Strawberry Daiquiri. At this point, it was about 2pm and the infamous 2 for 1 Happy Hour special did not begin until 3:30 so I wanted a starter drink in the meantime.  The waiter was nice enough to serve me in the pool since I had decided to take a dip. Again, the drink was just ok. Could not really taste the liquor and the drink was a bit watered down. I suppose this is the style at many resorts though. I spent a total of $21.98 for the nachos and the daiquiri.

8c0139d7a63ec1e390c7b782a0ab366aI decided to move down to the beach and enjoy the ocean after my lunch. I after a few dips in the ocean and meeting some wonderful people, Happy Hour had begun at 3:30pm.  I have many memories of this happy hour and even accidently having a drink while underage! That was fun. Happy hour only last from 3:30pm to 4:30pm so you have to be quick.  I decided to order a Miami Vice which is a blend of a pina colada and a strawberry daiquiri.  Typically, this is better when you have a companion to drink it with so you don’t have to drink quickly to make sure the other drink doesn’t melt. The drinks were served in plastic disposable cups and I just figured that they did that because I was on the beach. These drinks tasted so much better than the drink I had earlier but I still could not taste much of the alcohol. I decided to order another two and made sure to emphasize that I wanted alcohol. After ordering, I started to regret it because it how was I supposed to get down another two cocktails? These two were served in the cocktail glass I had at the pool and I realized that the first two were virgin daiquiris. What a waste of calories. Anyway, I only ended up drinking one of them which worked out after a lady came up and asked what I was drinking and I offered her my second drink.  She and her family were extremely grateful and I was relieved I did not waste. It started to drizzle so I figured it was time for dinner. I spent a total of $18.13 with the tip and went on my way.

Mariscos Mazatlan

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I discovered this restaurant as a teenager and have kept their card in my wallet ever since. This is another situation where when I have an amazing dining experience; it is truly hard for me to forget though I may remember the name which is why I like to keep the cards. Anyway, this is one of my go to places when I visit and while no one else wanted to accompany me during this trip, I made sure to visit and share my experience with you. During every visit, I have always been served or greeted by a gentleman there named Nacho! He has a wonderful welcoming personality and the customer service here is awesome. This location is about a 10 minute drive from both the Pueblo Bonito Rosé and Sunset resorts and is literally down the street from the Maria Jiménez Mexicano Restaurante. The address is Calle Narciso Mendoza S/N 23410 Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico.

What I remember most is the delicious white sauce served with the chips and salsa.  I only other place I’ve had white sauce served with my chips and salsa at a Mexican restaurant in Hampton Roads area of Virginia called Plaza Azteca. This is one of my favorite places to go when I visit the area and I hope to share that experience with you soon at some point. However, what makes this sauce special at Mariscos is that that is includes pieces of yellow fin tuna that take the seasoning to another level.  I typically eat the salsa and sauce separately, but Nacho informed me that I should put both on a chip and enjoy! It was so good! I’m disappointed I’d never thought of that sooner.

IMAG1624My second favorite thing they serve is a Mexican shrimp cocktail ($6 or $95 pesos).  This is not to be confused with traditional shrimp cocktail that includes boiled shrimp served with a side of cocktail sauce. Mexican shrimp cocktail is more of a cold soup that includes tomato juice, clam juice, lime, onions, jalapeno, cilantro, avocado, and a few other seasonings. I have actually made it myself and it was delicious! The shrimp and avocado are eaten on a cracker and the blend of flavors is fantastic. This is place has the best Mexican shrimp cocktail I have ever tasted! That is a big statement but they do it just perfectly.  Many places do not adequately season the tomato sauce and it ends up tasting like shrimp in V8 juice but the added acidity of from the lime and the seasoning of the shrimp is just wonderful.  My only complaint is that they do not devein the shrimp. However, I’m willing to do it myself because it is that good and the portion size is generous even for a small serving.

For my main entrée, I decided to order the shrimp and lobster dinner combination for about $17. I feel in love with this restaurant because they had a seafood combination platter for 2 people for about $50 or $870 pesos that included a two lobster tails, a whole crab, 1 roasted white fish, oysters, shrimp, and octopus! The seafood and fish were very well seasoning and we left full and happy.  I really wanted to share that platter with you but due to my solo dining trip, I will have to save that for next year but I located pictures to share in the meantime.

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Anyway, my shrimp and lobster dinner combination is served with rice, a vegetable blend, and a small bowl of butter. The shrimp and lobster were just as I remember. Fresh, tender, and delicious! The lobster tail was bit on the small side but the 5 shrimp grilled split open were a wonderful addition to complete the meal. And the price of this meal was amazing! How do you beat that? The rice was just ok, nothing special to rave about. However, the vegetable blend was disappointing. I’m not a fan of cooked carrots and the big chucks the green vegetable reminded me of the bags of frozen vegetable blends that include a very nutritional-less part of the broccoli steams. There was a language barrier so I could not figure out what it was exactly but I was not all that impressed. They were ok when dipped in the butter or eaten with the lobster but on its own, it was pretty bland.  But the seafood more than made up for that. Whether this lobster dish is better than that of Villa Serena is a challenge on its own. They are good at different things but overall, I had a better meal surprising at Villa Serena. But either way, I will always make my way to Mariscos.

In conclusion, I had a wonderful dining experience and spent a total of $30.88 on a lobster and shrimp meal, a bottle of water, and shrimp cocktail. That is just unheard of in America. The service was excellent, the people were friendly, and the food was wonderful as always. Should you make your way down to Cabo, I recommend you make this one of your stops. And considering that they have been in business since April 1998, I am not alone in the enjoyment of this restaurant. The following is my Seven Mac Score for the restaurant:

 Marisicos Mazatlan

Criteria Scale Score
Accessibility 0 N/R
Customer Service 1-25 25
Cleanliness 1-10 10
Food Presentation 1-10 10
Price Value 1-10 10
Taste of Food 1-30 25
Overall Experience 1-15 15
TOTAL: 95/100

Please look out for Part VII-The Finale of my Cabo Dining Adventures series!  Also, you can find me on Instagram @finediningdiva and Twitter @moderndaybeauty. Also, if you would like to follow my blog to receive notification when a new blog is posted, please send your email to finediningdiva@gmail.com.

And remember: It’s a BIG world and we are going to eat our way through it!

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