For about as long as I can remember, foodies like me enjoyed some great Mexican food in downtown Springfield. Maria’s Mexican Restaurant fit the bill deliciously for years—then closed its doors. Fortunately, we can get our fix again at 406 South Avenue.
Cabos Bonitos opened its doors in March 2023 at the direction of owner James Daniel. The former Bar and Assistant General Manager at the now-closed Los Cabos Mexican Grill wanted his own restaurant and knew that the vacant downtown location had a built-in Mexican food fan base. What Daniel didn’t expect was how many of his former regulars would make the trek north to support his efforts.
I can see why.
Within seconds of seating us at a window table, the waitstaff brought a basket of chips that brought a smile to our faces the second we saw them. My husband and I are unabashed chip snobs with a strong preference for thin and crispy. Cabos Bonitos gets major extra points here. The corn tortilla chips are fried in-house and served warm.
Kudos, too, for what came with them: fresh salsa and warm salsa. Charred tomato is a taste obsession of mine, and the restaurant’s rustic salsa offered just the fix I needed. The server offered a house-made habanero sauce too. Being fans of all things spicy, we took him up on it. Tread lightly here guys; it’s majorly hot.
Cocktail wise, my husband and I both tried a house margarita on the rocks. It was light and delicious, and not too sweet with a house-made sweet and sour mix. Later I tried a paloma, which was refreshing with Lunazul Blanco Tequila, fresh lime, grapefruit juice and a splash of club soda.