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 Mexicans 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.
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!
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.
Looking not only for good food but also for a most authentic atmosphere? Get a table at the restaurant Mi Pueblo where a Mariachi band entertains you while enjoying your Mexican dish. One of their specialties is “mole”. Mole is a flavorful sauce made of chocolate, different types of chile, nuts, seed, vegetables and spices and is usually served with turkey or chicken. It’s one of the most traditional Mexican dishes.
If you prefer to go less exotic, try their chilaquiles. It’s a plate similar to nachos, consisting of tortilla chips with green or red salsa, cream and cheese, and optionally you can add chicken or a fried egg.
Also La Parilla entertains you with live Mariachi music. One of their specialties is cochinita pibíl, the most traditional plate of the Yucatán peninsula. It is made of pork meat baked in banana leafs, and marinated with Mayan seeds and spices.
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 meet, sweet pepper or mole, steamed in banana or corn leafs.
What is your favorite Mexican dish? We wish all of you a happy 5 de Mayo and hope you like our suggestions! Look in the map below for directions to the restaurants mentioned.