Café Poquito: At the Maya Ruins
As I had a very rich and varied breakfast buffet in the hotel in Campeche I didn't have a feeling that I was hungry and need a lunch or a dinner that day. The only possibility to have a snack we had when the excursion along the Archaeological Zone was over and we had fifteen minutes before departing to Merida.
I took a chance of the café where I drank a cup of coffee. It was fine but the special pleasure was to watch tropic surroundings sitting at the table and reminding the details of the excursion around the ruins of Uxmal.
It was quite enough for me to feel full and ready to continue our trip till the evening.
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Restaurant at the welcome center
There are limited eating options at Uxmal, although the restaurant at the northeast corner of the welcome center offers very good lunch dishes. I had a traditional dish-- fried tortillas topped with chicken, which was excellent. Prices are somewhat high, given that options are so limited, but not totally unreasonable. Lunch will probably cost around 100 pesos.
Favorite Dish: Fried tortillas with chicken.
Chac-Mool: Outstanding Yucatecan Food
We wanted to eat at the outdoor restaurant at Uxmal famed for its regional food, but they didn't open until 1pm, and we were ready to get on the road at noon. Sometimes it is a good thing that the restaurant you wanted is not open. We headed northeast to Santa Elena, and ate at a small cafe called Chac-Mool. This is a small, homey local restaurant. It would be very easy to pass it up, but don't. We had our best meal of our entire trip here.
Favorite Dish: The papadzules were outstanding. Papadzules are handmade corn tortillas rolled around ground pumpkin seeds and spices, topped with a tomato and a pumpkin seed sauce, and a crumbled hard boiled egg.
pollon's Restaurant Tip
don't think (I did) the restaurant at the ruins is too expensive only because there is no showed menu, nor price and no people sitting at their tables... it has reasonable prices and to eat in a cooler place with such a hot, sultry weather is worth the small difference in price... I ordered the huevo mexicano, without knowing its ingredients ;-) but it was a nice surprise: an egg on the sunny side served with ham, peas, tomatoes, the mexican typical mashed black beans, crispy tortillas and slices of fried bananas... yummy...