Mi Casa Restaurant in Cabo San Lucas - Authentic Mexican Cuisine in a Festive Atmosphere

Chile en Nogada at Mi Casa Mexican restaurant in Cabo San Lucas
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Take a look at the photo above and tell me it doesn't make you wonder how it tastes. Go ahead, tell me. It's probably as close as you'll get to a National Mexican dish and it's called Chile en Nogada. Smoky, roasted Poblano Chile's stuffed with a mixture of minced pork, walnuts, fruit and spices topped with a walnut cream sauce sprinkled with fresh pomegranate seeds. Why is it considered Mexico's National dish? First, it's made in most Mexican households regardless of region. Second, the colors.... red, white and green – an edible Mexican flag if you will.

Good food. That's why we go out to eat, right? Right. But… there's that whole chunk of time between walking through the door to actually taking a bite. That's when atmosphere plays a big role. The place is either interesting or it isn't. Simple as that. Walk into Mi Casa in downtown Cabo San Lucas and you can't help but be interested. It looks and feels old. Old in the sense that it takes you back, back to a place that came well before you. What is one of the oldest colonial buildings in Cabo – a former hacienda style residence – is now what I'd call an informal museum of traditional Mexican culture and a simple look back at this old fishing town by the sea. Sure, there are all kinds of reminders that this isn't old Mexico. Still, as hokey as some might think it is, it really is a blast to walk about the place to see what you'll see. It's that opening dose of an earlier Cabo that makes a visit worthwhile in itself. Thankfully, there's more to Mi Casa then great atmosphere.

Performers at Mi Casa in Cabo San Lucas

A visit to Mi Casa isn't just about having a bite to eat. Part circus, part museum, but definitively old Mexico, the atmosphere itself earns high marks if what you're looking for is a night full of fun.

Making fresh tortillas at Mi Casa restaurant in Cabo San Lucas
Homemade tortillas are part of your meal at Mi Casa. They come to your table still warm from the grill.

On first visit to Mi Casa, I was accompanied by my wife, Dee. After taking the time to explore the restaurant's expansive interior we settled down at a table and read through Mi Casa's extensive menu. Starters included; "El Queso Fundido a la Mexicana" – a tempting fondue made with Monterrey chesse, pico de gallo and tequila; "La Sopes de Cochinata" – flavorful dough patties filled with a mixture of succulent shredded pork, black beans, onions and cheese; and my personal favorite, "Las Costillas Adobadas con Cerveza" – fall-off-the-bone tender baby back ribs marinated in ancho chiles and beer.

Performers of all kinds stream in and out of Mi Casa restaurant in Cabo San Lucas A steady stream of performers comes into Mi Casa every night to entertain guests. Coupled with the decidedly Mexican architecture and décor it the result is a festive and memorable experience.

We enjoyed Mi Casa's signature margarita while looking over the menu for our main course choices but soon lost our focus when things started to happen. First, it was the arrival of a troop of musicians – from solo guitarist to quartet to a Mariachi band. Added to the mix of musicians was Mr. Rigo who travels the town with his "fortune-telling" canaries. Sure, it's rehearsed and the avian talents come from years of training, however, it isunique and stacks up as one more fun reason to pay a visit. My own personal fortune told me that a special surprise was coming my way this very night. Father and daughter clowns, Mickey and Mika, came next and I have to admit, they can bring out the kid in you. In between passing acts, we placed our order by our very patient waiter.

For her main course, Dee chose "El Mole Poblano" – a generous portion of fresh chicken smothered in a nicely balanced Mole. Originating in the Puebla and Oaxaca regions of Mexico, Mole's are perhaps one of the most complex sauces ever created. Conjured up from as many as seventy ingredients, Mi Casa's Mole Poblano is crafted using thirty five. The result is a deep, rich brown sauce, that, if allowed to linger on the tongue long enough, will evoke so many subtle flavors your tastebuds may just faint. Lightly chocolatey with notes of pumpkin, nuts, fruit, chiles and garlic, this Mole was one of the best we've had.

Chicken Molé at Mi Casa in Cabo San Lucas Chicken Mole at Mi Casa restaurant in Cabo San Lucas.

My selection was another "old Mexico" specialty... "El Chile En Nogada" – a roasted and peeled Poblano pepper stuffed with a sweet mixture of sautéed meats, fruits and nuts. To finish off the dish, a rich walnut cream sauce topped with fresh pomegranate seeds – a feat that amazes me since we dined in early May when you'd be hard pressed to find ripe pomegranates.

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Filet Mignon with Chipotle chile sauce at Mi Casa in Cabo San Lucas
On another visit to Mi Casa we tried their Filet Mignon prepared with a Chipotle chile sauce and we were not disappointed.

Chile En Nogada is a dish I've used many times as a gauge of an "authentic" Mexican restaurant's credentials, with no hesitation I can say this was how it is supposed to be.... smoky and slightly crisp, the poblano chile was devoid of the often searing heat I've encountered at other restaurants. Just enough bite to let you know it's there, but not at all overpowering. The walnut cream sauce melded beautifully and the tartness of the pomegranate seeds finished the dish off perfectly.

Mi Casa's wine list may not be long, but the wines they do have on hand are a good representation of some of Baja's best, and wine afficianados worldwide are starting to take serious notice of the still reasonably priced wines produced in the northern end of the Baja peninsula. They also carry a nice selection of varietals from South America. Malbec's from Argentina are one of my favorites, and with the assistance of Mi Casa's manager, Guillermo (or Memo as he likes to be called) a bottle of 2007 LaFlor Malbec from De Pulenta Vineyards was chosen. It complimented both our meals nicely and at a very reasonable $23 price tag, it was a bargain to boot. Rounding out the wine list are selections from the Napa, Sonoma and Alexander valleys as well as a nice mix of wines from Chile and Italy. Most bottles are priced below what other restaurants in Los Cabos sell the same vintage for.

To cap off our dinner, we treated ourselves to a wonderful Chocolate Terrine finished with Tequila and Mescal. Velvety smooth with a note of Amaretto-like nuttiness it made the Mexican coffee even more enjoyable. As I sat back and gave thought to the evening spent at Mi Casa, I remembered something a little birdie told me.... the little birdy being Mr. Rigo's canary. "Something special is coming your way tonight" the little bird's note read. Hmm... something special indeed. It's called a night in old Mexico... to be more specific, a night at Mi Casa. To get an idea of what to expect on your visit, watch the video below.

Mi Casa is located in the center of Cabo San Lucas directly across from the town center just south of the intersection of Avenida Cabo San Lucas and Lazaro Cardenas.


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