Eating in San Jose, has been some of the best Mexican food I have ever tasted. However, for a moment, I almost found it hard to find Mexican food as global fare, especially Italian restaurants are all over the square. Whatever your palate fancies, and budget can afford, you'll find it in San Jose.
I found eating out was comparable to American west coast prices, but somethings like beer and smoothies were overall less expensive than the states. Here are several places I recommend that are or have plant-based options for the meat-less traveler.
Jazmin's hands down was my favorite restaurant in San Jose. Fresh, savory and veg-friendly, the restaurants decor makes this place extra charming. The exterior is outlined in Mexican tiles, where inside each room is decorated in a different theme, with the back room looking like a jungle. There is a gift shop located inside, ironically and well-placed, on the way to the women's bathroom. NOTE: This gift shop is cheaper than most souvenir shops around!
Homemade salsa and tortilla chips came with the meal, and instantly became the best salsa I have ever had. Smokey and light, the combination with the homemade chips was an excellent combination. The cheese enchiladas were a 1000 on a scale of 1 to 100. The salsa verde is fresher and made differently in Mexico so the overall flavor was much more enhanced as well as the beans and rice being of a flavorful quality - not like what one would experience at a Tex-Mex restaurant. Guitar players may come up to the table to serenade the table. As a reminder they work for tips.
Everyone in Cabo raves about this restaurant. They all say, "If you want the best tacos in town you must go to La Lupita." Maybe its amazing for meat eaters but for vegetarians, I found this just sub par. The waiters will outline your table with four salsas ranging from mild to extra hot. The mild is an avocado cilantro dip and that was AMAZING! They also gave complimentary tiny-enamel cups of the black bean soup and that was BEYOND AMAZING. If it was not 93 degrees, I would've ordered an entire bowl.
However, for the tacos....I thought they were fine. The veg options were very unique such as tofu-stuffed poblano peppers and mushroom and cactus tacos, or Greek eggplant in a pita.
Sometimes when you're hungry, you want something satiating. The cactus didn't really do it for me. It was rubbery and reminded me of meat and so in that sense I was not a fan. The fried poblano pepper was actually favorite of the three with the eggplant coming in second place. They do have amazing flavor combinations so the chefs know what they are doing, but I guess I just like the good old standard sweet potato and/or black bean tacos for veggie options.
If searching for old-school veganism and delicious and healthy food, visit Mi Vegano Favorito. Located on the edge of town, this quirky setup is ran by some locals who are super in touch with the natural world. All of the menu options were 100% made from plants. No mock meats and no fake cheeses. I got the Dragon bowl and the charred vegetables combined with the sauces was hands down one of the best bowls I've ever ordered. Order the Agua Natural as it changes daily, but on a 93 degree day the pureed pineapple in water was so refreshing. I enjoyed how everything was served in enamel and stainless steel to keep the drinks cold.
The best part of this place was the TV with a bumper sticker, "INORGANICA." Anyone who knows anything about consciousness knows the difference between the natural and unnatural worlds. I honestly wish I went back to try the burgers and empanadas. A must visit place for vegan and healthy food!
Sandwiched between La Lupita and Jazmin's is Baja Brewing. This is a great place to cool off with a local beer, or satiate your hunger with one of many bar food options. Brandon's a beer guy, and really enjoyed Baja Brewing. Me, I'm a kombucha girl, and each week they rotated Kombucha on tap. The first week was a natural/ginger kombucha and the following week was blueberry. I LOVED it. I noticed kombucha in Mexico was maybe a tad sweeter but not as bubbly as the USA.
We were so hot from walking around, drenched in sweat that the only thing we could consume was the Caprese Salad, which was phenomenal with the basil sauce and pistachios.
Anyone who lives in Seattle for an extensive period of time becomes a coffee snob. I am not sure why or how, but Seattle has excellent coffee. Well mis amigos...Mexico coffee blows Seattle out of the water! I dont know what it is, or why it was so much better but it is. Brandon thought that maybe the lesser rung beans are exported to the states ? Who knows but this quirky little cafe is a must visit, not only for the coffee, but for the atmosphere and local artistry.
For those who may not know, American drip coffee doesnt really exists much outside of America and Canada. Expect espresso drinks or maybe cold brew for a chilled option. On the counter guests can smell the jars of beans to get a better sense of what to order for bags of beans or grounds. We took several bags of beans home with no regrets!
Where is your favorite place to eat and/or drink in Downtown San Jose del Cabo? Let us know in the comments below. Let's Connect!