Cancun Downtown Restaurant Reviews
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LOS ALMENDROS: Is known for excellent Cochinita Pibil (a specialty roast pork dish) and Yucatan cuisine. Try the Yucateco sampler of four typical main courses: chicken, poc chuc, sausage, and Escabeche (onions marinated in vinegar and sour-orange).
EL TAPATIO: Known for their delicious pozole. On Uxmal Ave. at Yaxchilan Ave.
LA PLACITA: Sister restaurant of the La Placita across the street from the Royal Sands Hotel.
LA PARRILLA: Known for its grilled meat, Sunday $9 buffet, very good food and reasonable prices. For the adventurous try “filete de res con huitlacoche”, it’s not on the menu anymore, but they’ll still make it. A great little ribeye finished at your table with a mushroom sauce made from huitlacoche (a black fungus that grows on ears of corn in the field). It’s reported to be awesome! http://www.laparrilla.com.mx/la-parrilla-cancun_en.shtml
LABNA: Yucatan cuisine in a Maya theme. Try the poc chuc (grilled tender pork loin in a sour-orange sauce). The restaurant is built to look like a Mayan ruin. http://www.cancunmenus.com/menu_gifs/menu_labna.html
CARRILLO’S: One of Cancun’s oldest restaurants. Very casual open-air dining room. Lobster and filet mignon combo $17.
ROSA MEXICANA: The quality of the Mexican food is reportedly equal to La Parrilla.
EMARA: Low priced Yucatan cuisine just outside Mercado 28. Great panuchos, salbutes, papadzules, and consistently tasty HOT salsa.
EL CEJAS: Fresh seafood, popular reasonably priced lunch spot. Open afternoons only.
FAVORITE SMALL “Hole in the Wall” Places on AVENUE YAXCHILAN:
LA TABERNA: Delicious food, 2 for 1’s, good bar, lots of locals, super tasty tacos, TV football
EL POBLANO: Delicious food, 2 for 1’s, GREAT POZOLE and tacos,
LOS ARCOS: Food, 2 for 1’s, good bar
TACOS ISRAEL: bar with cheap beer and tequila, known for larger very meaty tacos arabes (tradition from town of Puebla)
LA FAROLA: Food, 2 for 1’s, good Italian-style pizza and excellent arrachera steak
LA CABANA & EL ASADOR: tacos
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EL GUERRO: most say, the best Cochinita is in this dive on Palenque Avenue. Ask a cabbie to take you.
TIZONZITOS on PLAZA LAS AVENIDAS. Favorite taco spot for many. They deliver?
CHECANDOLE a short walk from Market 28. Great fast food taco franchise.
YAMAMOTO’S is known as the best downtown, and by some as the best in Yucatan!! Ave. Uxmal #31