La Garita….. so Dan and I find ourselves taking a road trip from Todos Santos to La Paz, (the capitol of Baja Sur that sits on the other side of the peninsula from us, along the Sea of Cortez) a couple times a month. Todos Santos is quaint and serene, lacking the bustle of wally world and sams club, but sometimes we need those kind of amenities, so we drive. It is a beautiful stretch of road, blue hills and mountains in the distance, hedging you in on a plain of desert cactus and shrubbery. Free range goats, cows, horses, vultures, lizards, multi fingered cacti tall as trees, they rule, and beautiful high blue desert skies. A four way highway, never much traffic to speak of, desolate and peaceful.
When we first arrived here the desert was brown, dry, and you could see for miles along the terrain. Right now in the midst of summer it is lush and green, the cacti are flowering, and the desert looks more like a cacti forest, thick with bushes, flowers, grass.
> At Km. 29, heading across this highway is a restaurant, La Garita. They have a matching restaurant on both sides of the highway actually, great idea right? We always stop on the way to La Paz, so have only tried the one on the right hand side of the road. The place is really an oasis. Welcoming and clean, and the family who run it are super friendly and accommodating. The prices are amazing, Dan and I both eat to our hearts content (and they offer an awesome array of salsas, guac, chips and fried cheese on the house as appetizers!) for the equivalent of $10-$15 USD including tip. The food is fresh and delicious. They have their own chicken coop out back, happy goats, and offer goat cheese and other handmade goodies for sale as well.Try their Mango juice, no kidding, get the grande.
Recommended : Machaca, Huevos Titanic (Egg soup like you have never tasted before), Huevos scrambled with papas (potatoes) and your choice of Chorizo, Machaca, Steak, etc, all of their burritos and tacos of course. Dan loves the Carne Asada, and we both recommend the Mango juice.
Next time you are driving from Todos Santos (or Cabo) to La Paz, this is a treat you will want to stop in for. The restaurant is under a cool palapa, there is always festive music, and friendly smiles. Plus every once in a while I see their cute little tabby cat come around to say hi. =^.^=