Arriba: The BEST food on the Island
Small, upstairs, palapa roof, with ceiling fans. Tthe best damn food we had while in Isla. Locals eat there. Affordable and Delicious. Relax, out of the heavy traffic flow on Hidalgo, sip a cervace and watch some football on the TV. GOOOOOOOOOL!!!
Favorite Dish: My son loved the Mexican bean soup. All of the shish-kababs were good. I ate several of the chicken dishes and each was great. Outstanding coffee and juices too.
If you decide to sunbathe and swim on Playa Norte you'll surely notice this guy, walking up and down the beach, with a bag full of coconuts in one hand and a machete in the other hand. And if you don't see him, you'll hear him.
When you buy coconut(s), first he will cut off just the top so you can drik the milk. Later, he will come (or you can call him) and cut the rest into parts so you can eat the inside of a nut.
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LOCAL RESTAURANTS: MANY BARS & RESTAURANTS ON THE ISLAND
Another charming aspect of Isla Mujeres is the quaint little bars and restaurants scattered along the beach and throughout town. Many, like the one picured are open-air. Some of the beach restaurants just have patio tables set up in the sand. Simple and relaxing.
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Street Vendor: Don't buy the Tamales for sale on the Malecon.
If you are looking for Mexican Tamales don't buy the ones they are selling on the Malecon.
These are not corn tamales and they are all tamale and hardly any meat.
They had no flavor at all.
The ones you want are the ones in the corn husks not the banana leafs.
Now if the ones in the banana leafs are green chile tamales then those are the best.
Casa O's: Make a night of it!
This restaurant is very nice and is also great for sunsets. We made reservations, which are recommended. Casa O's is located on the mid-southern west coast of Isla Mujeres. We took a taxi from the Posada del Mar and it took about 20 minutes to get to the restaurant. Once at Casa O's you have to navigate your way through the luscious scenery down to the edge of the ocean. The landscaping is very inviting and there is even a little pond and waterfall. Once at the restaurant you will be seated on one of three tiers. All of the tables have great views of the ocean and on clear days you can see Cancun. I recommend going when it is not very windy or rainy as this is an open air restaurant. The restaurant is set up underneath a palapa and has a nice wine list and semi full bar. The menu is sparce, although all if the choices our group made were excellent. Also, they offer all kinds of seafood and beef cooked any way you'd like it, so that offers more choices than the menu appears to have. We were greeted by the owner (Lynn) and her poodle (Chico). They were very graciousand accomodating. Lynn explained that Casa O's is named such because all of the chefs, and Chico, have names ending with an O. So in order to work there you need to make sure your name ends with an O, unless you the Owner which begins with an O. Casa O's also has boat slips and they are large enough to accomodate most average sized yachts while your noshing. I didn't notice any dinner music but it wasn't needed because it was very nice to listen to the sounds of the waves right underneath the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: The steaks were excellent....very tender and nice sizes. The key lime pie was frozen but I think it was intentional. It was very good!
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Sunset Grille: Go for sunset and dinner!
The Sunset Grille is under a palapa on the north beach with a great view of the sunset and also the Avalon. The restaurant is attached to the NautiBeach condos and pool area. We sat on the beach surrounded by tiki torches and palm trees. The sunset was awsome! A three piece pickup band played Neil Young, Van Morrison, and some other "oldies" in the background. It was truely a memorable night. The food was very good and the desserts were the best we had on the island. The men had cigars after dinner and then we all danced under the stars on the beach at the oceans edge.
Favorite Dish: I don't remember what I had! It must've been good though or I would remember what it was. My husband had a steak and then we all had coffee drinks such as Baileys and Coffee. My father in-law had a flaming brandy coffee drink that looked very dangerous.
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Jax Bar and Grill: All the Action's at Jax
We stopped here to watch the sunset, have a bucket of beers, and some nachos. Didn't see much action, must have been to late or too early. Nice sunset, though.
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