along the small and large roads of El Centro, there are lots of roadside stalls selling anything from tacos to tamales (mmmm!) Be sure to give these a try because they're delicious and sanitary ( if you have concerns about that). Beware of getting ripped off though.
Favorite Dish: Of all of the roadside stalls that I've tried, I like tamales the most.
Tamales are delicious and are said to take back to Aztec times. the dough itself is made of finely grounded masa. It is often filled with chicken and/or pork and is steamed so it is very healthy. wash it down with a masa drink.
again, this restaurant comes highly recommended and is too good not to try. Of all the restaurants I have tried in Mexico, this is the one that I miss the most. I really wish I had the chance to go back for a second meal!
when you first get off at the ferry pier at Isla Mujeres, turn left and keep walking down the road until you see a stretch of beach (this is Playa Norte). On your way there, there are rogue of restaurants on the left side of the road. Picus is one of these restaurants. It faces west so you can wine and dine as you watch the sunset.
Favorite Dish: no one does grilled fish like Picus! their fish filet grilled in garlic (or simply grilled) was simply sublime, as was their fish veracruz ( a type of tomato sauce). be warned though: the food is very salty.
sorry, no pictures as I ate it all up too fast!
Restaurants are great if you can afford to try them all. There are lots of places which provide quality food from all around the world. 'Sea food' restaurants are popular such as 'La Fisheria' - serving fresh sea food aswell as pizza.
How HOT is it? If you love spicy food, the 'Cancun Tips Tourist Guide' will tell you all about the 13 different types of chillies which range from mild to mouth burning HOT!!
Just a general (but good) tip for all you chocoholics out there - you must go to Burger King just for their 'Hershey Pie' dessert. It's heaven! Why doesn't BK have that here in the UK?
Champion's is a basic pub grub sportsbar, outside the CasaMagna Marriott. They serve your basic American favorites - burgers, wings, etc - along with a few local favorites. It's actually rather huge, with several tables, a bar and a pool table. Big and small screen TV's play sports from the US and Mexico.
Quite honestly, I found Champion's to be all but empty most nights. A few American tourists, watching a game from home or shooting pool, that's about it. I went there my first night in Cancun because I hadn't found my way around yet, but rarely went back after. The food is fine and the beer selection's good, but there's just not much going on at Champion's.
If you're looking to watch American sports a little closer to the Cancun action, I suggest you try the Outback Steakhouse. Yep, the Outback - they've got a huge sportsbar there. Pat O'Brien's next door shows American and Mexican sports too, along with English football.
Again, Champion's is a fine place, but it's just too darn quiet there.
Mikado's is one of Cancun's better Asian restaurants. It serves Japanese & Thai cuisine, and sushi, in a fun relaxed family atmosphere. This is a nice place to brink your whole family - I went there with a family I'd met earlier that day in my hotel. Mikado's has many tasty, quality Japanese and Thai dishes, many prepared right at your table. I had a real nice Thai chicken dish, and a piece of sushi too - salmon roll, quite good. I finished it off with a Sapporo beer for a fine evening meal.
Mikado's is located right outside the CasaMagna Marriott Resort, but you can just drive up no matter where you're staying. It was a very enjoyable experience. If you enjoy Asian cuisine, stop by Mikado's
La Capilla is one of several Argentine steakhouses in Cancun. Located right in the Casamagna Marriott Resort, looking right over the swimming pool in fact, La Capilla serves quality Argentine steaks, chicken and seafood. It's a good place to splurge for nice meal, away from the touristy areas too. The interior is dark, the decor nice, and the service is very fast. And don't forget the food - it's quite good too.
For fine, intimate dining in a nice, relaxed atmosphere, try La Capilla. And they're open for breakfast too.
Yeah, shrimp in a bucket! I found El Shrimp Bucket quite easily - it was right across from my hotel (the Casamagna). It's a very laid back place to eat, whether with friends or family. You can sit outside, in the restaurant or at the bar watching your favorite game, all while enjoying shrimp. In a bucket!
El Shrimp Bucket has several different types of shrimp, in many different sizes of buckets depending on your appetite. And a bonus: waffle fries at the bottom of your bucket. Dip your shrimp in their many kinds of sauce too. And, if you don't like shrimp, they have other dishes too.
El Shrimp Bucket is owned by the same people who own Senor Frogs and Carlos & Charlies, so fun is guaranteed. And good food with friendly service. I highly recommend El Shrimp Bucket. For shrimp. In a bucket!
Favorite Dish: I had the breaded and buffalo shrimp, served in two different buckets. Both were terrific.
I have this as a restaurant tip because I only ate there. Carlos and Charlies is also one of Cancun's main nightspots. Another Cancun spot where they'll get you up to dance, laugh and have a good time at some point. And that does include the kids.
The food is very good too. I just had the cilantro cheese in green tomatillo sauce. Deelish! I sat at the bar, had my meal, made new friends too. That's just the way it is there.
There are several Carlos and Charlies located throughout Mexico and the Caribbean.
I do wish I had stayed for the nightlife too. It's supposed to be one of the better places to hang out in Cancun. Oh well, I'll do it on my next visit.
Favorite Dish: That cilantro cheese was pretty darned good.
The restaurant is on the water, with seating options inside or outside. Our group chose to sit outside at sunset. We walked in at 7:00 - and without reservations, got in immediately. The service was prompt (probably since there were few parties there) and friendly! A nice change from the hotel we were staying at.
I didn't feel rushed and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. I didn't mind paying the $15 - $45 a plate that the menu had to offer. It was worth the price!
Favorite Dish: I had the Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna - which was excellent! The combination of flavors and texture was amazing - and made the dish. Others in my party had the lobster (also won rave reviews) as well as the ribeye (excellent).
The beefsteak tomato with mozzarella salad was different - not what some of us expected, but also excellent.
We finally tried this restaurant a day or two into our stay. Generally I am not big on buffets because I don't like the tired out looking foods under heat lamps. At Spice this was certainly NOT the case. Not only was the buffet sumptuous , there were chefs to prepare you something with a lot of flair and show and if buffets still are not your cup of tea then you can order a la carte from their menu. Again the food was excellent and the service here was good however I will make a note here, there was one waiter who thought my husband looked like Bruce Willis and he kept on calling him "Bruce." That was okay but he carried it to the extreme degree telling all his waiter friends and guests at other tables that he had Bruce Willis at his table. When we returned for lunch the next day we were not in his station but he kept coming over to the table and kept the "Bruce" thing going. We were so annoyed that we left sooner than later and missed out on their homemade gelatto! My husband ended up calling the manager who graciously gave the okay for us to have some in a to go cup...Yea for the manager!
Favorite Dish: One of my favorite dishes was the "ensalada de frijoles." A delightful and refreshing mix of pico de gallo (tomatoes, onions and cilantro) combined with pinto beans and a very light dressing. mm-mmm good. What a great way to get veggies and your protein for the day. The bread station had the freshest breads and rolls (bolios) around. Then there was fish with a mango sauce. Now I do not care for fish all that much but this was an outstanding dish.
Now being a sugar nut, the dessert table was just beyond belief! Fresh fruit, bread pudding, rice pudding, flan (a Mexican custard), cakes and pies and homemade gelatto. The coconut and the mango were just out of this world.
This restaurant has great, reasonably priced breakfasts. It is a great place to bring kids as well. Everyone will find something delicious and relatively healthy on the menu. It is probably also one of the only places to find vegan food options.
Favorite Dish: Everything on the menu is delicious! We even bought extra bread rolls to munch on while traveling around the cancun area.
Wow. All inclusive hotels are great. Room service was included in our plan. They have a 24 hour service which was advertised as "prompt." I am here to tell you that was not only it prompt but the food was excellent, hot and delightfully presented.
The really cool thing about the service is the Magic Box. If you do not feel like answering the door the waiter will put your tray inside a box that opens to your room, he will flip the light on to let you know your order has arrived. When you are done simply place the dishes back in the box and turn the light on from your side to signal the need for clean up service. This also keep the food trays off the ground in front of the rooms where it would look terrible (no one needs to see the remnants of your dinner from last night and it keeps bugs from finishing off what you did not eat. Great feature that this hotel offers.
Favorite Dish: We had room service for dinner on our arrival night and breakfast the following morning. We were most impressed with the Ajillo fish filet with Mexican guajillo pepper rings and the Florentina chicken along with a lemon tart and cheesecake.
In the morning I had Rancheros eggs which is 2 eggs over a slice of ham on a corn tortilla smothered in Salsa Verde and Paul had Huevos Abanil described as "Abuela's creation" translated that means "Grandma's creation" eggs with roasted tomatoes, onion and epazote (like cilantro or corriander.)
Are you hungry and it's 3AM? In the Lobby area of the Royal in Cancun is a 24 hour lounge that has Hors d' Oeuvres, snacks, and a full bar to satisfy your grumbling stomach. They have a pool table and a big screen TV if you want to have a little fun with your 3AM snack. This place was terrific for a small snack to tide you over between meals.
Favorite Dish: Fresh fruits, a very nice selection of cheeses, cold cuts, onion rings, chicken wings, meat balls are just to name a few things you can choose from. During the breakfast hours there are items like yogurt and Mexican breads. There are an abundance of drinks to choose from both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Pelicanos is a hopping place at the Royal in Cancun. During the day it serves as a pool side swim up bar and restaurant. At night, the ambiance changes into a candle lit, romantic eatery where shirt, long pants and closed toed shoes are a must. We enjoyed our breakfast here on the last day we were in Cancun. Seated outside on a sunny morning so close to the sea was relaxing and enjoyable.
The service was excellent and the food divine. Again, a part of our all inclusive package it was weird not paying a bill. We did again "tip up" just a dollar or two which goes a long way for the workers who live in Cancun or just outside.
Favorite Dish: I was not too hungry so I ordered a fruit compote with yogurt and assorted Mexican breads, Paul on the other hand, enjoyed a scrambled egg dish with ham and cheese along with some fresh mango juice and coffee. I had a bite of his breakfast...well it turned out I was hungrier than I thought so I ate all his potatoes and a few bites of the eggs. All so delicious, really we were hard pressed to find a bad meal anywhere in this hotel.
On the property of the Royal in Cancun is a lovely dinner house Maria Marie's. This fabulous restaurant was a part of our all inclusive package at the Royal. The service impeccable, the ambiance cozy and romantic and the food flavorful and exotic. It was hard to believe that this was a part of our all inclusive package. We were given the best seat in the house--a beautiful view of the sun setting over the lagoon.
We did however, "tipped up" our waiter, Juan. He had fine dinner house manners and knew how to present and serve the meal. He was neither pompous nor overly-friendly. We knew tips were already calculated into the all inclusive rate but this situation was above and beyond what was expected; we compensated him to match what was a superior level of service.
Favorite Dish: The food was absolutely wonderful. Paul had the Salmon filet which was accented with nopales (cactus) and I had started with the 3 onion soup and then I had the pork filet with paprika potatoes. The portions were small, well prepared and presented beautifully on the plate; a veritable work of art. Juan, our waiter chose dessert and after dinner liqueurs for us. Paul had the Grand Marnier and a decadent chocolate cake and I had the cheesecake with Mexican version of Sambucca (anisette type liqueur). All in all a memorable meal and one not soon forgotten.
So remember, the next time you are in Cancun give Maria Marie's at the Royal in Cancun a try.I dare say you won't be disapointed.
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