5 de Mayo is coming up and we take this opportunity to talk to you about (real) Mexican food and where to get the best in Playa del Carmen. If your idea of Mexican food is Taco Bell, you should definitely order one of the following dishes on your next vacation in Mexico!
If you want to get a real good taco, we recommend you to eat at El Fogón (map with directions below). We recommend the Mexican’s favorite taco al pastor, tacos filled with marinated pork. If you’re into burritos, try a taco de harina, with the filling of your preference. You’re really hungry? Try the taco loco.
Extra tip: Wherever you go to eat your taco, you’ll find many countless different types of salsa. Before you add them to your taco, make sure to ask which ones are the spicy ones!
El Fogón is located on Constituyentes with 30th Avenue, and another one is on 30th Avenue with 8th Street.
La Perla Pixan and Mexcal Store
Make your dinner a whole Mexican experience at La Perla Pixan Cuisine and Mezcal Store. You can go with exotic snacks like “chapulines” (grasshoppers) or, if you feel less adventurous, try the tamales. Tamales are corn dough filled with meat, sweet pepper or mole, steamed in banana or corn leaves. Also, they serve a variety of Mezcal and flavored Pulque (a typical Mexican alcoholic beverage).
Similar to tacos are the quesadillas. They can be filled with about anything, from mushrooms to sweet pepper or kinds of meat, and additionally, have melted cheese inside. At Las Quekas they serve a wide variety or quesadillas, we recommend you to try tinga de pollo, seasoned chicken.
Las Quekas is located on the 15th Avenue with 10th bis Street.
Playa del Carmen’s probably most underrated Mexican restaurant is Axiote. Underrated, because not many tourists know it. Yet, it might just serve the most authentic Mexican cuisine. Also, the award-winning owner and chef takes care that the products are from the region. The menu covers the countries most important specialties, including rarities like ant eggs or grasshoppers (don’t worry, there are also many other, non-insect meals), with a special note. This will be a gourmet experience you will never forget!
Axiote is located on the 34th Street, between the Avenues 10 and 15.
If what you are looking for is the tourist experience, with singing Mariachis and a folkloric decoration, La Parilla is the place to go. One of their specialties is cochinita pibíl, the most traditional plate of the Yucatán peninsula. It is made of pork meat baked in banana leaves and marinated with Mayan seeds and spices.
La Parilla is located at the corner of the 5th Avenue with Constituyentes.
What is your favorite Mexican dish? We wish all of you a happy 5 de Mayo and hope you like our suggestions!