8 Loreto Mexico Restaurants to Tickle Your Taste Buds

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K-and-T-eating-001It’s not easy picking out a place to eat when you travel. Trust me. There have been more marital disputes over restaurants while we travel than anything else in my marriage. It’s not because we are particularly picky either. It’s just that neither one of us wants to be responsible if the restaurant is bad.

When I traveled down to Loreto, Mexico with my friend Debbie from TipsOnRoadTripping.com and her daughter I knew we would have to be decisive, and quick. We had a 13-year-old, a 3-year-old, an 11 month old and 2 hungry moms. Twiddling our thumbs was not an option. We found a few favorites that we stuck with, even though there were plenty of fantastic options, including hole in the wall taco joints, that we could have sampled. When I return I will be sampling every one. Hubby can make sure the kids stay entertained, while I go nuts.

Parrot Fish

Parrot Fish

Where to eat

  • Orlandos. Fish done in multiple ways, and it is right across the way from the best ice cream in town. What’s not to love?
  • La Parala. Fish tacos, stuffed potatoes, and fresh fish are just a few of the delicious items on the menu that you should be ordering up.
  • Islas. If the parrot fish is on the menu order it. The garlic and butter scallops are divine, pasta is worth a try, and the tortilla soup was OK on a good night. Flan is on the menu but not always available, as well as the fish. The food is generally good, but not always consistent from night to night.
  • Wild Loreto Beach Club. Fabulous fish tacos, fresh guacamole, and drinks as you take a break from kayaking or stand up paddle boarding south of Loreto.
  • Pan Que Pan. Fresh-made breads and pastries along with omelets, smoothies and other breakfast options are an easy favorite for everyone in the family. Pizzas are available as well.
  • Fandango Café. Grab coffee, frappes, smoothies (sans dairy), and a few pastries. There are no crepes no matter what the sign says. Skip the chocolate flan. It wasn’t as good as it looked.
  • La Michoacana. The best ice cream in town. Another alternative is Thrifty, just before the mission, but it’s a bit more watered down.
  • El Pescador. One of the larger supermarkets in town. Baby food, diapers, wipes, and many of your regular favorites from back home can be picked up here.
Fish tacos

Fish tacos from the Wild Loreto Beach Club

pico de gallo and guacamole

Fresh pico de gallo and guacamole

What to eat

  • Fish Tacos. Most are fried with no toppings. You will often be served a side of pico de gallo, and can ask for guacamole at most restaurants.
  • Rice and Beans. An easy option for babies and kids.
  • Parrot Fish. This beautiful, flavorful white fish usually isn’t available outside of this part of Mexico, where it is fished locally. Do not miss out on having a fillet with garlic and butter, Veracruz style, or just plain. It’s healthy, your kids will love it, and the taste will have you ordering it up every night.
  • Guacamole. Fresh avocados? Check. Fresh lime and cilantro? Double check. With so much green goodness around how could you NOT eat your body weight in this simple, yet rich dip (or main meal some days).
  • Pico de gallo. Otherwise known as salsa to some in the USA. If it’s not fresh, leave immediately. Diced tomatoes, onion, a little jalapeno, a splash of lime and maybe some cilantro are all you need to top your tacos, rice and beans, or chips. Word of caution: it can be spicy, so take it easy on that first bite.
Parrot Fish

Veracruz Parrot Fish from La Parala


Omelet from Pan Que Pan

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  • Ann

    You know, now that you write this and I read it, I realized something. The hardest part of traveling, for me, is NOT flying with two kids two and under… or dealing with all of us sleeping in one hotel room… it’s figuring out where we’re going to eat!!! Seriously, we always spend so much time thinking about it, looking for the right mix of local, not expensive, and something that appeals to all of us. We end up looking and looking until we’re so hungry we just go anywhere and then we aren’t happy at all.

    And, on a side note, put a warning for Americans in Europe who don’t have access to good Mexican food. Now I’m drooling with no way to get my fix.(Fortunately, I can get crepes even if you couldn’t at the Fandango cafe.)

  • Kiera @easytravelmom

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried parrot fish but it looks and sounds delicious! I will have to remember that one! I also love, love, love fish tacos. One of my favorite meals to have in Mexico or any place that has it as a specialty!

  • Kate @ Wild Tales of...

    We are with you–we are always bickering about where to eat because there are so many circumstances that make the perfect restaurant experience when traveling…add a kid into the mix and it’s tough! I find myself doing TONS of research before hand to avoid it all…

    Take me with you to Loreto next time!!!

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