Even before you walk through the doorway, which is always open during business hours, you will be greeted by the scent meats grilling. The ladies behind the counter and grill know what they’re doing. They’re making damn good burros, tacos and papas rellenos. Here in the states, all things wrapped in big flour tortillas are called burritos, but in Mexico they are called burros. A burrito in Mexico is actually very small, like the size of a taco tortilla. When you order a burro here, believe me, it is super. Most people can only eat half at a time they’re so huge!
Address: Blvd. Salvatierra, Obrera, Loreto, B.C.S., Mexico
Phone:+52 613 135 1243
For the best chilaquiles and hot cakes, Hotel Oasis is a must. It sits quietly at the very end of Loreto’s malécon. Dine outside in the morning sun staring at the calm Sea of Cortez while you sip coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice. If you had a care, it will disappear when you sit down and are greeted by one of the kind and comedic waitstaff.
If you’re in the mood for something lighter, the fruit platter with yogurt and granola is also quite satisfying. It is piled with fresh seasonal fruits, melons and pineapple.
Address: Calle Baja California S/N, Centro, 23880 Loreto, B.C.S., Mexico
Phone: +52 613 135 0211
On the other side of town is La Fuente, home of mind-blowing chile rellenos among other classics. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. I like to sit outside with a view of the street for people watching. Most of the restaurants in town will bring a tray of salsas when you order for topping your own tacos, but La Fuente likes to do this themselves in the kitchen. Don’t expect your food to come out quickly, it takes time for your order to be prepared, but it’s very worthwhile.
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For incredible clams, shrimp and fish ceviches and tacos, welcome to Almejas Concho. This casual restaurant is a few blocks from the town center. The tables sit under a thatch roof and it’s usually quiet during the day. After you place your order, like many of the eateries in town, a large salsa tray is delivered to your table. At Almejas Concho, you also get naked tostada shells.
I don’t order ceviche very often, but for me this was truly an order to remember. The shrimp and fish were equally flavorful with lime, onion and cilantro. The meat was so fresh too. Each serving was clean and great tasting.
Address: Francisco I. Madero, esquina con Atanasio Carrillo, Colonia Centro, 23880 Loreto, B.C.S., Mexico
Phone: +52 613 135 1452
El Rey is for tacos and tacos only. This is a go-to for locals. You will see workers on break, families and maybe one or two tourists. It is incredibly authentic. The menu changes but usually there are always two tacos: carne asada and fish. The open kitchen lets you witness the entire process of the meat preparation.
Address: Calle 8 1, Renovación, 09209 Col México, CDMX, Mexico
While anywhere in Mexico, you cannot ignore the lure of a paleteria. Paletas are frozen ice cream or juice bars usually made by hand and very fresh ingredients. They are similar to a popsicle. Paleterias usually offer a large variety of bright colors and flavors for you to try. Most of them also carry snacks and serve ice cream as well. Prueba lo Bueno is a classic paleteria in the heart of Loreto. I highly recommend stopping in for dessert and trying any of the delicious flavors. My personal favorite is mint chocolate chip!
For traveler’s who love great food, Loreto is absolutely an easy and affordable adventure. The best months to visit are between November and March when the weather isn't too hot. For more information please visist: Travel Baja California Sur.