Rooster Cafe: Great breakfast on Hidalgo
Rooster Cafe is open from 7 for breakfast and from noon for lunch. The coffee is wonderful and they make there own frsh rosemary-cranberry bread which is served first with your coffee. Eggs benedict seems to be the specialty, since there are a wide variety to choose from, including lobster benedict when it is available!
Favorite Dish: In addition to the various benedict dishes, there are a variety of other lighter dishes. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me the morning I had the oatmeal with fresh fruit. The oatmeal was garnished most beautifully with thin slices of at least five different fruits and three berries, making a most glamorous dish out of the normally mundane.
Asia Caribe: Tasty Asian food on Isla
There aren't a lot of Asian options on the island so it was nice when Asia Caribe opened. The proprietors are very welcoming and friendly. Since the restaurant is right on Hidalgo it is fun to sit and watch people go by as you eat a relaxed dinner. You can also order for take-out, which we have done a couple of times. There are several rice, noodle and curry dishes with mostly a Thai flair, and appetizers such as crispy spring rolls, and there is also a full sushi menu.
Favorite Dish: The sticky ribs are everyone's favourite in our family. You can get them appretetizer size or as a meal. Our daughter tried the sashimi and that was good too. I also enjoyed the drunken noodles!
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Cafe Mogagua: Coffee or lunch and wifi in relaxed atmosphere
We have enjoyed coffee and drinks during the day at Cafe Mogagua a number of times. The coffee, fraps, smoothies, and alcoholic drinks are all excellent. The loungers on the street side are fun for sun-tanning and people-watching and the other wooden tables and chairs and sofa are comfortable. The free wifi is a nice touch if you don't have access with your accommodation. We hadn't eaten at Mogagua until our last trip but we had some time before our ferry to the airport so we had lunch there this time. The pasta, sandwhiches and chicken wings were very good.
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Rosticeria La Mexicana: Delicious chicken
This little place is only open during the day. It specializes in spit-roasted chicken with all the (Mexican) fixings - tortillas, rice, beans, hot peppers, and picked onion relish. You can eat there but take-out is also popular. Delicious and inexpensive. Only about 100 pesos for a whole chicken and fixings.
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MONCHIS: MONCHIS THE BEST COCONUT SHRIMP AND CHICKEN
MONCHIS! THIS PLACE WAS RECOMENDED TO ME BY THE CONCIERGE OF THE HOTEL I STAYED AT! I MUST SAY IT WAS THE BEST FOOD I HAD ON THE ISLAND.
I DISCOVERED A JEWEL! I HAD FOR DINNER COCONUT CHICKEN W/MANGO SAUCE AND CILANTRO AND PINEAPPLE MARGARITAS! WOW! IT WAS JUST AN EXPLOTION OF FLAVORS
THE MARGARITA WAS SO REFRESHING! MY FRIEND HAD THE FRESH GROUPER STUFFED WITH SHRIMP AND COVERED IN SOME KIND OF SAUCE AND IT WAS TO DIE FOR!
OF ALL THE RESTAURANTS I VISITED ON THE ISLAND THIS ONE WAS THE BEST SPEAKING FOOD WISE!
Favorite Dish: MY FAVORITE DISH WAS THE COCONUT SHRIMP AND COCONUT CHICKEN!
El Veradero: Mojitoes!
This is an unlikely looking shack on the little strip of river between the lagoon and the bay of mujeres called El Veradero. (Not to be confused with El Veradero de Oscar which is right on the main road heading south.) The place is super casual but the ambience comes from being right on the water and watching the boats go by as well as its laid back feel. We went for lunch at noon and were told they wouldn't be ready until 1 so went for a walk and returned later. They may be open for dinner too. They were setting up for a live band when we were leaving.
Favorite Dish: El Veradero is famous for its mojitoes (for good reason) and also serves gorgeous frresh fish and other seafood, served simply and deliciously with garlic or lemon etc. After we arrived a big group arrived and every single one of the them ordered mojitoes.
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Casa O's: A Little Overpriced
This restaurant had the usual Mexican-seafood fare. Although it has a great location, the food didn't live up to what we were hoping for.
2010 update: This restaraunt appeared closed when we returned.
Hotel Villa Rolandi: Italian yummy
I say Italian because it has a certain Italian flare but it really has quite a variety on the menu. The chef here is excellent. The dress is nice/casual. The restaurant is open air with a deck which is almost over the water with a view of Cancun. Romantic setting. Great service.
Favorite Dish: I had the shrimp brochette one night and the mushroom ravioli for lunch the next day and it was YUM-E!
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Brisas del Caribe: Good seafood at the harbour
Went to this restaurant a couple of times. Nice menu, well-prepared food. It is open-air style with some tables on the beach by the ferry so you can sit on the sand if you want.
Favorite Dish: Cocount shrimp served with mango puree were excellent.
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Sancochos Grill: Great tacos and tequila
This little street side restaurant is casual Mexican, good food at very good prices, which makes it quite busy sometimes, but service is usually decent. Drink prices are also excellent with 2 for 1 local beer, cocktails and tequila shots!
Favorite Dish: We've had a few good dishes here but really like the shrimp tacos and seafood enchiladas. I've heard that the mixed seafood on rice is also excellent but haven't tried it yet. It had some non-Mexican items on the menu too, such as chicken-fried steak and mashed potatoes.
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Rosticeria at the end of Hidalgo: Roasted Chicken like it should taste!
The most delicious deal on the island. A chicken, some rice, some beans, homemade chilis and onions and a stack of tortillas... ¡Fenómenal!
The price is low and the owners/servers are so kind. This place deserves a big tip!
My suggestion: Add a few beers with the chicken and sides then go to the beach to watch the sunset.
P.S. They close at 5:00
The Mango Cafe: The best fusion food on the west coast of Mexico
After eating here three times during our trip, I am convinced that this is some of the best food I have had anywhere. Where else can you get Wild Blueberry Maple Marscapone Empanadas or... Quesidillas (whole wheat, even!) with mixed cheeses, portabella mushrooms, spinach and other veggies with a tamarind hoison dipping sauce. Their Organic Oaxacan shake was the perfect finish to an absolutely amazing meal...this is one you will read in a food magazine in the near future! You will be surprised to see the owners Laurie and Paolo speaking with everyone who comes in the door and they are so so nice...they deserve the crowds they are getting almost every day.
Favorite Dish: Stuffed French Toast with a hint of eggnog liquer and orange rosemary syrup...and the Cuban pulled pork empanadas with a sweet orange dipping sauce...or the chocolate breakfast panini with Caramiled nuts and strawberries...so hard to choose!
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Manana: Breakfast and books!
We found this restaurant on Av Guerrero right down the street from our hotel. It was cool and funky and served healthy food. I had yogurt and fruit, and a bagel. Great coffee too. It is also a used bookstore. Looks like swapping books was an option.
I found this quote from a website "We offer a variety of middle eastern dishes, breakfasts, baguettes, homemade burgers, salalds, fruit shakes, Italian coffee and much more."
Favorite Dish: I had fresh fruit and abagel. Very good!
Cafe Cito: A Great Breakfast Spot
Cafe Cito is a bright and cheerful spot that makes for a very pleasant breakfast. The decor is bright blue with a beach theme. Tables by the window, which look out on colorful shops and homes, are especially nice. Breakfast options include croissants, rolls with coconut jam (very good), crepes and egg dishes. Drinks include hot or iced coffee and cappuccinos.
A big plus to Cafe Cito is that it opens early, by 8am. Some other breakfast spots don't open until 9 or 10am, which limits your beach time!
The one downside to the cafe is that it's a bit overpriced, although pretty much on par with other food options on the island. A hardboiled egg and two rolls cost 40 pesos. Still, the experience is worthwhile.
Favorite Dish: Bread with coconut jam.
Bagui-Valitas: Great sandwiches
If you're looking for a sandwich to take as a snack or lunch to the beach, check out Bagui-Valitas. You can get ham or chicken sandwiches on a baguette with cheese and mayo, all toasted to perfection. Lettuce, tomatoes and avacados are also available, although given that this was a little fast-foodish type place, we avoided vegetables in fear of getting sick. Sandwiches are made in about 5 minutes and packed up to go. Prices are in the 19 to 25 pesos range, a good deal. This place also seems popular with locals, which I always take as a good sign. I liked the ham and cheese sandwich so much I got it 3 times while staying on the island!
Favorite Dish: Jamon y queso americano.
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