Have a Baja Moment! East Cape Favorite Boasts a Fresh New Look
The Crossroads Country Club has come a long way since its early days as a super rustico palapa with dirt floors and a tiny plywood kitchen resembling a large cardboard box with a window cut in it like a puppeteer’s stage. And while puppets never materialized, what did were the best fish tacos for miles around, comprised of pan fried fish smothered in expertly fried onions, and red and yellow bell peppers on fresh corn tortillas. They are still one of my favorite items on the menu, despite the fact that eleven years later the restaurant now tempts with a variety of dishes, showcasing a delicious fusion of Mexican and Italian cuisine that you won’t find anywhere else.
Over the years the Crossroads has gone through various incarnations and improvements with the kitchen and palapa growing incrementally to accommodate their growing clientele. Today the palapa is no more and the Crossroads is situated within the contemporary concrete structure of the VidaSoul Hotel. Dirt floors along with the need to wash my feet after a night spent grooving to a great band have been replaced by neat and clean polished concrete. The plastic Pacifico-beer furniture with tasteful stainless steel, and the backlit beach bar are available for tequila and Baja fine-wine tastings. The unusual artwork adorning the walls could be called “Mexican Day of the Dead meets LA hip.” There is seating both inside and out to suit your preference.
Live entertainment at the Crossroads has come a long way, too. It used to be that a couple of the local ex-pats would get out their guitars and entertain us with original songs, accompanied at times by their dogs. These days music at the Crossroads is anything but amateur, especially with the completion of the amphitheater, a huge series of concrete steps that offer excellent vantages from which to view the entertainment below. And what entertainment it is! David Raitt, Bonnie’s incredibly talented brother, and his musical buddies from the west coast of the peninsula put on a show worthy of a major L.A. venue – but it’s just you and 20 or 30 other people enjoying the band up close and personal. Pura Vida always gets a bunch of people up to dance to their reggae and Latin music covers, while last year’s debut of Extra Large had everyone up and moving to the uptempo beat.
Dinner entrees include halibut with capers in white wine sauce (another of my favorites), spicy shrimp pasta, shrimp ajillo, and steak arrachera (marinated flank steak), to mention a few of the many items available on their new menu. Fresh, organic local ingredients are used as much as possible, and the seafood comes straight from the Sea of Cortez! Specials are offered on Saturday nights during high season (November through May), and there’s always homemade ice cream to top off the excellent meal.
Whether you are there for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a few cool ones, the Crossroads is the best food around for miles around. And despite all the improvements, their motto remains “come as you are” because after all this is the East Cape.
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