Shakes, Rattle and Rolls: Savoring the Delights of the Roadrunner Cafe and Bakery in Los Barriles
By El Barrilito
If you are searching for a special dining experience in Los Barriles, one restaurant immediately leaps to mind. Roadrunner Cafe and Bakery not only offers charming, nostalgic décor, but a wonderful selection of culinary treats, including fresh breads and pastries from the onsite bakery.
From turquoise and white booths to the authentic 1950s coffee grinder, Roadrunner Cafe and Bakery in Los Barriles reflects the fondly remembered era of hot rods and poodle skirts. Real milkshakes are mixed in soda fountain blenders. The owner, Donna Ryan, and her daughter-in-law, Mayte, operate the restaurant. The result of their efforts is great food and prompt service.
The Roadrunner was already known for its “bottomless” cup of great coffee but with the addition of a coffee roaster, they have raised the bar of excellence. Donna’s husband, Bob, roasts the coffee as needed so that it is always fresh. He will also also make you feel at home with his gregarious greetings and cheerful chatter.
You can dine inside or out. The plush booths inside are very enjoyable; outside, you can sit under the vine-covered, flower adorned pergola in the wonderful fresh air of Baja California Sur. Stay in touch with the folks back home using Roadrunner’s free Wi-Fi while your breakfast is prepared. You can even buy an English newspaper with the latest news, sports and a crossword puzzle.
For breakfast, you’ll find numerous selections of eggs and omelets in both American and Mexican styles. If your sweet tooth needs attention, try the French toast prepared with a sliced cinnamon roll. It doesn’t get any better than this. Need something a little healthier? The breakfast banana split with fresh fruit and yogurt is delish. Every morning Donna offers cinnamon rolls, raspberry turnovers, scones and cookies.
The lunch menu includes wonderful salads, great sandwiches, fresh-made soup and many other selections. The hamburgers are excellent. To quench your thirst, Roadrunner Cafe has the usual variety of sodas plus fresh brewed ice tea, lemonade, fresh orange juice, cerveza and well drinks. Save a little room for dessert. Ask for Donna’s Carrot cake and maybe add a little ice cream.
Roadrunner has become famous for their Open Mic and dinner on Wednesday evenings. Customers and musicians come from all over the area and beyond to enjoy the experience. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. The entertainment is mainly provided by musicians who spend at least part of every year in Los Cabos or the East Cape. This isn’t karaoke, these are people singing and playing real instruments. Roadrunner also has a professionally operated sound system, which takes the experience to a higher level. A single selection for dinner is served and always priced around $10 U.S., so this is an affordable way to enjoy a great night out in Los Barriles. The restaurant generally has a full house (200+) during the winter months, and there is no cover charge.*
The Roadrunner Cafe is easy to find. It is conveniently located right off the highway at the entrance to Los Barriles. You will find it in the Plaza del Pueblo to your left after you exit the highway at the fountains.
*There is no cover charge but they have a voluntary contribution for donations to help the local kids attend high school. The East Cape Guild receives 100% of the money collected and offers scholarships to qualifying kids. This year, our generous patrons of Open Mic have sent close to 40 kids to high school.
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