For such a laid-back spot, lovely Loreto, Mexico (WestJet’s newest sun destination as of February 14), offers a surprising diversity of great places to eat, with restaurants to suit all budgets and preferences. Here are a few of our favourites.
Some of the best places for traditional fare include Los Mandiles Restaurant and Bar (try the mole), Orlando’s Mexican Cocina, Asadero Super Burro, or Café Olé (a breakfast tradition).
Loreto was founded in 1697 by an Italian-born Jesuit, and today, the locals carry on Italian culinary traditions with various takes on pasta (try it at Mezzaluna Pequeno Restaurante) and pizza (try Pan Que Pan). Our favourite spot for Italian is aptly named 1697. Located on the plaza, this popular restaurant offers a mix of Mexican and Italian dishes and brews its own craft beer.
Shrimp, Pacific lobster and Loreto’s famous chocolate clams are on the menu at most restaurants. The catch of the day is usually cabrilla, a.k.a. sea bass. Try Loreto Islas on the malecon or Mita Gourmet on the plaza. Also Domingo’s Place offers a surf and turf option to go with its steak and rib specialities.
Take in the view of the Sea of Cortez and the excellent cuisine at Los Olivos at La Mision Hotel or Mediteraneo, both on the malecon.
Several restaurants offer burgers and fries. Probably the most famous is Del Borracho, located south of town (on Road to San Javier). Our favourite part: this cowboy-style saloon has the big-screen TV that plays old westerns on a continuous (soundless) loop.
This expat community, a bit south of Loreto, has the best beach in the area. Stop at the Snack Shack beachside and poolside at the Loreto Bay Golf Resort and Spa where the fish tacos and ceviche are specialities. Thirsty for a latte like those at home? Check out El Corazon Café, which also offers breakfast and lunch options. For a quick meal, try El Cardon Cantina or the Wine Cellar at Nopolo.
Note: Many restaurants are closed on Mondays.