Fronted by miles of secluded beach, this casual seaside cantina (with cheap cervezas) gets rave reviews from locals who make the slightly involved drive out of San José del Cabo. Former Southern California restaurant owners Denny and Judie Jones serve up hefty, reasonably priced New York steaks; seafood entrées, such as coconut shrimp; "burritos like bombs"; hefty burgers; and, without a doubt, lo mas grande (the biggest in the world) flan. Indeed, this custardlike dessert could easily be enough for two or three—try it with a shot of Kahlúa poured over the top. Also, Sunday breakfast is a big hit. To get here, turn off Boulevard Mijares at the signs for Puerto Los Cabos and follow the road up the hill, around the small traffic circle, and continue out into the desert, toward the sea. You'll find the restaurant about 5 km (3 mi), about a 10-minute drive, from San José in the Laguna Hills neighborhood. Check out the Web site for more detailed directions before you head out.
Apr 5, 2009
When you drive up to Buzzard's (just follow the directions even when you think you've made a wrong turn) you're still not sure you've arrived. It's the desert, after all. Then you see the "For Sale" sign. But you go in anyway. And in front of you is this funky little bar, not too many tables, and a clientele that looks at you like you're the strangers that just walked through the saloon doors. But when the out-of-the-sixties owner says "Come on
in!", you do, are greeted by smiles and waves,and than have an absolutely delightful time not keeping up with any Jones'. The "mood" is terrific, the menu offers a reasonable range of tasty entre options and specials nicely prepared (though if you're looking for a Le Bernardin-like presentation this isn't the place. But the bill won't be the same either). You can stay as long as you like, and don't be surprised if you wind up conversing with those at the next table. It's just that kind of place. Assuming the current owners remain for a time...or that the new owners continue the best of it, we'll return at least once on every annual trip. It's just that kind of place. BB