Eating in Cabo can certainly be a tricky crap shoot. While on vacation, I do my best to get out into the town and eat some real local cuisine. However, the tourist town can scam you quick with overpriced eats that usually leave you disappointed, and well, poor. Steer clear from the hotel buffets that usually charge between 25 and 35 dollars for fast food quality dinners. Instead, don’t be afraid to explore the city and its inner workings. When it comes to Mexican, I learned long ago that the dirtier the joint is, the better. Talk to locals and get lost in the streets (but keep your purse close), because you can really find some great gems along the way. While in Cabo I found one great spot that did Mexican just the way it should be.
Guss’s Tacos is in the heart of downtown and serves up some of the best homemade tacos, huarachas, sopes, and burritos for a price that is dirt cheap. The open shack has 8 plastic folding tables (similar to beer pong tables) and an open grill set up between the sidewalk and the dining area. While shirts, shoes, or a hefty wallet are not required, a hungry stomach is. For just 10 US dollars I ordered enough food for two: a huge huarache with shrimp and a grilled fish sope. Both cornmeal vessels were delicious–topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and a ton of fresh seafood. Each table is equipped with a variety of toppings and fresh salsa’s for your Mexican treats, at no extra charge.
Budgeting Tip: One tip to remember while eating out on a budget would be to bring your own bottle of water. Since you cannot drink the local water, Americans must purchase bottled water while on vacation. Restaurants usually charge 1 or 2 dollars for a bottle of water, but you can purchase gallons of water for about half of what you would pay for bottles. While packing for Mexico bring a reusable water bottle with you so you never have to buy water at a restaurant.