La Paz, BCS. Taco total: 40

Mariscos El Toro Guero

I stopped into this open-air restaurant for lunch last week. I’d biked past it a few times when cruising around town, and it piqued my interest. It’s away from the tourist scene in La Paz, and it was packed with locals every time I rode by. A good sign.

I sat down and ordered a michelada with clamato. The tacos were the cheapest item on the menu at 90 pesos. An easy decision.

I settled for the shrimp “Tacos Gobernador.” Rich, smokey, and almost stew-like, these shrimp tacos were packed with flavor. Cooked with tomatoes, peppers, and a variety of herbs, I can imagine this as a perfect dish on a cool Chicago night.

As you can see, these tacos weren’t served a la carte: they came with a side of rice, mashed potatoes (wut), and a half-hearted salad.

Still, the novelty of the good Governor’s tacos was captivating (and tasty!) enough, so I’ll definitely seek these out in the future.

More tacos in La Paz! Taco total: 34

Welp, I’ve certainly spent a long time here in La Paz, Baja Sur. That’s left quite a bit of time to sample the fare from around town. And there are plenty of choices: restaurants, pop-up windows, and taco carts.

I came to this particular taco stand for lunch one day because they had interesting meat choices. I ordered a clam taco, an octopus taco, and two fish tacos (they had sold out of shrimp).

The fish tacos were the same as usual - there’s only so many ways to describe breaded fish. The clam taco was sooo good though. Tender and appropriately “clammy,” it was not over-fried like some of the fish tacos I’ve encountered. I topped it with a bunch of pickled vegetables and a spicy green salsa. Chyea.

The octopus, while unique, was too chewy in the way that stale octopus can be. Imagine overcooked calamari - rubbery and tough. Can’t win em all, but I’ll never complain when I’ve got the opportunity to eat lunch for less than $4.

Taco total: 19

Ah, a long overdue taco tale. Mark and I ate lunch at Taqueria Kassandra about a week ago. Riding in the desert leaves a lot to the imagination, and a hungry mind often resorts to fantasies of the next meal. This place - a tiny taco stand along a desert stretch of Highway 1 - hit the spot.

Types of tacos: 1 steak, 2 fish, 1 shrimp.

Rating: It’s becoming par for the course: the fish tacos were fantastic. Served on a corn tortilla and fried for just the right amount of time, the fish was succulent and flavorful. My favorite part of eating real tacos in Mexico is that everything besides the meat itself is a la carte. You can add as much or as little salsa, lime, lettuce, pico, etc as you want. customizable bites of fish and steak and shrimp… What could be better?

Cost: About 70 pesos for 4 tacos.

Day 1 - In Mexico a day early. Surprise!

Mark and I left San Diego mid-morning today. Instead of just the two of us, though, we have joined forces with two radical Canadian dudes - Lee and Michael.

Riding out of large metropolitan areas is never a simple task; we are forced to contend with heavy traffic and maze-like suburbs en route out of every city.

Once free from San Diego’s grasp, however, we found ourselves among spectacular desert landscapes - painted mountains and winding roads and whispy skies.

We also found ourselves facing a fast-setting sun. Slowed by the terrain, we were forced to deter our original plan of biking an extra 5 miles to sleep on the US side of the border - Tecate was only 2 miles away, downhill.

So, here I am, writing from the floor in the hallway of our cheap Mexican hotel, belly full of Tacos and cerveza.

Round 1. Go.