Los Cabos Restaurant Scene

January 25, 2016 Edition
BY: CHUCK WAGON

A new old restaurant as opened. Well, it’s not really new and it’s not really old, either. And it’s called C.J.’s New York Deli and it’s not in New York either. It’s in San Jose and it’s just changed hands from Christine to George but the name won’t change. Christine is going back to Alaska and her name will live on her marque forever.

George is a Canadian and a professional chef who has cooked since he was about 12 years old. He has had some interesting jobs, responsible for feeding workers and tourists at hotels up in the Arctic Circle. (Who tourists in the Arctic Circle? Polar bears, maybe.) He’s a Red Seal Chef with 40 years experience who washed up on our shores on vacation from Nunavut, Canada.

George Adams is of the opinion that if it ain’t fixed, don’t fix it, so he’s not touching Christine’s very successful breakfast and lunch menu, but he’s adding dinner instead of closing down mid afternoon.

Start with their breakfasts, which are all very generous. This reviewer’s favorite is the corned beef and hash with eggs and toast for $9. There are all the regular breakfast foods including French toast, hot cakes, and eggs benny.

Lunch is where the deli part becomes apparent. There is a genuine Reuben sandwich for $12, as is the Philly cheese steak, and something called a grilled squirrel for a bargain 10 Gringo bucks. See, same as always.

What’ new is the dinners, which include fried chicken, meatloaf, and ravioli, at about $12. Certain nights there are certain bargains, and you can still get the lunch sandwiches for dinner and appetizers which are generous to fill most people.

Every night now C.J.’s offers a different dinner special in addition to a dozen menu items like meatloaf. There is prime rib Sundays for $23, and beef strokinoff dinner plate on Fridays for $13. If you catch the nightly specials, George pays the tax  which is a 15% savings right there.

C.J.’s is a little hard to find the first time, so listen up. It’s in San Jose, just off the Paseo Malecon, which is that four lane street all the hotels are on. Across from the Mega and the dolphin center is a street that loops. In the front is a plaza called Plaza Caracal, and Cynthia’s restaurant is in the front. She’s got her carrot sign out front. Park and look around, C.J.’s is in the middle of the plaza, and is a charming setting. 624 105 2566. Open 9 to 9 daily.