During the warmer summer months, Okoboji is Iowa's 'vacation destination'. Yet these days, even when the lakes are frozen over and the snow is flying, many of the businesses are open year-round. One of those is Los Pueblos Mexican Restaurant in Arnold's Park.
It is located just off of Highway 71 and across from the amusement park and other attractions that are around that iconic park.
There's plenty of parking.
You can enter the restaurant up a ramp that will take you past a very beautiful outdoor fountain. I doubt it's spewing water during these January temperatures, however.
During warmer months, you can sit out on their extensive porch. I'm sure it's a popular place to enjoy one of their famous margaritas or a Corona.
Inside, you'll find a large dining area with an assortment of tables and booths and lots of natural lighting.
There is a bar but I don't think it is for patrons to sit at. It appears to mostly for making drinks and for drinks to be picked up by servers.
There's a lighted palm tree and another fountain inside.
The walls are adorned with both cultural art work and posters showing the students participating in various extra-curricular activities at the nearby Okoboji High School, home of the Pioneers.
I've visited Los Pueblos numerous times over the years and this trip occurred with a few family members last summer. The menu is quite extensive and I'm not sure I can remember ever choosing poorly. The food is all very good, the service is friendly, and you'll get your food promptly.
Before devouring one of their burritos, my table enjoyed the generous basket of tortilla chips and house-made salsa.
It's probably unlikely that you'll have room for dessert, but they do have sweet and scrumptious looking offerings.
I'm not sure if they have live music year-round but they did have it on Wednesdays and Sundays last summer.
No visit to this great family friendly establishment is complete without putting your face into their festive photo and fun photo-board.
The Iowa Great Lakes certainly does not lack fun and interesting places to eat or drink but if you are looking for somewhere that does both really well, you would be wise to stop at Los Pueblos. And, while you are there, I've provided many other suggestions to visit and so check out my post from the summer of 2018.