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The Authentic Touch

Los Cabos offers up a range of dining experiences along with innovative and daring drinks in a welcoming resort-style oasis reminiscent of a trip to Cancun or Cozumel.

Donna Leahey
Marc Rains
December 28, 2018

When was the last time you vacationed in Cancun or Cozumel? Well, that’s too long! Everyone deserves a break from their worries, but even if you can’t get away for a full-on resort vacation on the beach, you can still feel like you’re vacationing when you visit Los Cabos.

“We wanted it to feel like you’re going on vacation,” says Michael Banks, vice president of operations and partner for Los Cabos and Waterfront Grill. “We want to bring that atmosphere, so you can forget your taxes and have margaritas.” You can find your lunchtime or dinner vacation at Los Cabos locations in Owasso, Jenks, and Broken Arrow as well as Kansas City and Springfield, Mo.

“We have something for everyone,” Banks says. “We have traditional Mexican cuisine, coastal, and Tex-Mex.”

Shredded Beef Burrito (Photo: Marc Rains)
Shredded Beef Burrito (Photo: Marc Rains)

Banks is proud of Los Cabos’ contribution to Jenks’ Riverwalk when the first Los Cabos opened in 2005. “We wanted to bring you to Cancun or Cozumel. We wanted to bring a big city restaurant to a smaller market. We have fresh food; a fun, inviting environment; and we helped open up the Riverwalk,” he says.

After Los Cabos’ success in Jenks, 2006 brought the second location to Broken Arrow near the Bass Pro Shop, and in 2014, Owasso became home to the area’s third Los Cabos. With two sister locations in Missouri, Banks and his partners have their eyes on expanding into other markets around Oklahoma City or outlying markets like Stillwater or Claremore.

All the Los Cabos locations have captured that resort town feel with red adobe featured strongly in their exterior design. The patio is an important part of Los Cabos, featuring live entertainment and a party atmosphere. The Jenks’ location looks out over a dramatic view of the Riverwalk and, of course, the river, while the Broken Arrow location overlooks the Bass Pro Shop’s lake.

Banks and his partners take a people-centric view. “We follow the three ‘Ps’: people, process, and product. We take care of people, we have a good system in place, and we put out a good product.”

Tropical Chicken Tacos (Photo: Marc Rains)
Tropical Chicken Tacos (Photo: Marc Rains)

Part of Los Cabos’ dedication to taking care of people is their tremendous charitable work. Los Cabos contributed $30,000 to the turtle habitat at the Oklahoma Aquarium. They donate food to the Tulsa Youth Ranch, and Banks gives his time there as a mentor. They also give to the United Way, dog rescues, the homeless center, and Ronald McDonald House. For the holidays, Los Cabos hosted a toy drive, donated 50 turkeys to John 3:16 Mission, and adopted a family in need for Christmas. “All the GMs volunteer with different charities,” Banks says. As if that weren’t enough, Los Cabos helps celebrate Independence Day by contributing $50,000 to one of the largest fireworks displays in Tulsa, from the Jenks Bridge.

The fajitas are some of the most popular items on the menu. Los Cabos’ Fajitas Famosas come with fresh, warm flour tortillas, cheese, sour cream, pico, rice, and your choice of beans. You can choose chicken, steak, shrimp, combination of chicken and steak, or the Fajita Trio — chicken, steak, and shrimp. If you’re there with a friend, check out the Fiesta Platter. It’s chicken and steak fajitas along with Los Cabos’ famous baby back ribs. The ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and the whole plate is plenty for two.

“The taco selection is very popular,” Banks says. Selection is the right word. There are nine taco options ranging from beef or chicken to fish, brisket, or shrimp. All the taco options come with rice and your choice of beans, and they’re all fantastic. The tropical chicken tacos are an extra good choice, made with three soft corn tortillas loaded with margarita chicken and topped with mixed cheese, red onions and cilantro. The mango pico makes it special, with a bright, tart sweet flavor that perfectly enhances the savory chicken.

Los Cabos’ grilled pescado menu offers some not-to-be-missed seafood treats. The mahi mahi with mango shrimp salsa is a skillfully grilled mahi topped with sweet and tangy mango shrimp salsa. It’s a flavorful savory-and-sweet bite served with rice, beans, and one of Los Cabos’ sweet corn tamale cakes. If you love shrimp and bacon, don’t miss the Camarones Alambres: a skewer of five jumbo shrimp, each stuffed with pepper jack cheese and a sliver of jalapeno and wrapped in bacon. The smoky bacon, delicate shrimp, creamy cheese, and bite of jalapeno make for a perfect mouthful.

If you want a starter, check out the Los Cabos sampler. This plate lets you try chicken flautas, steak nachos, and fajita chicken nachos. You can also try the trendy fried avocadoes. Los Cabos serves up two avocado halves, lightly battered and fried, then topped with your choice of ground beef, fajita chicken, or sautéed shrimp. The sweet corn tamale cakes are a Los Cabos specialty. A pair of large sweet corn muffins are topped with avocado, tomatoes and cilantro, drizzled with chipotle ranch, and served atop homemade salsa verde. It is delicious and hearty.

If you’ve still got room for dessert, you can’t go wrong with fresh, homemade flan. They also offer a fried ice cream, sopapillas, or a Carnegie deli cheesecake to soothe that sweet tooth.

If you need catering, give Los Cabos a call. With three locations in the Tulsa area as well as the Waterfront Grill, they have the staff, the kitchens, and the know-how to take care of any event big or small, extravagant or budget-conscious. “We’ve got four restaurants in town. We’ve got four trucks and plenty of people to draw from,” says Banks. “We’ve done $7 a person and $70 a person. We can do anything. Ten people up to 2,000 or 3,000. Recently we did 1,800 breakfast burritos.”  

Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina

300 Riverwalk Terrace #100 Jenks
Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

151 Bass Pro Drive | Broken Arrow
Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

9455 N. Owasso Expressway | Owasso
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

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