Mexican Food Porn

12 Dec

I just spent a few days in Playa del Carmen, a town on the Mayan Riviera about an hour’s drive south of Cancun. It’s a beautiful, lively place that I’ll remember fondly for a long time. Somehow I managed to make it to Playa del Carmen twice this year, and both times it was a tropical delight. I ate a lot while I was there. I also drank a lot, and the magical Mayan gods made sure that I never had a hangover, a feat that is mysterious and miraculous. A single tequila shot in Chicago would leave me with a reeling headache the next day, but in Playa del Carmen, the drinks can flow freely (and can also fluctuate between pina coladas, margaritas, beers, and Jager shots) all day and night with nary a bleary eye in the morning. Viva la Mexico!

The main strip, 5th Avenue, is very touristy, but great, authentic Mexican food can be found by venturing just a block or two away, by heading to the bus station for street meat, or by making friends with your hotel concierge. Here’s some of the most delicious stuff I tasted.

I had a lovely stay at The Bric Hotel. The staff was really fantastic, especially Gustavo. I recommend it highly.

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3 Responses to “Mexican Food Porn”

  1. Marisa Franz December 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    Yum. I had some of the best food ever when I was in Mexico this summer. We were a bit north of Playa del Carmen at Azul Beach but went into “town” one day just to find food. We had the most amazing tripe and gizzard tacos, accompanied by Sol of course. Such good food if you know where to look!

  2. Michele Kinnon December 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Nice!! I’m glad you enjoyed your stay here in Playa. We are awfully proud of our food scene here. It gets better and better every year! Turtle Bay is one of my very favorite lunch spots. Did you try the empanandas from Don Luis? He sets up very early in the morning by the bus station on Ave. 20. What a character! He is always sold out by about 9am!

    The Bric Hotel is owned by friends of ours and we think they have done a wonderful job with the place. We are always happy to recommend it to customers looking for a nice but reasonably priced place to stay.

    • Beth Somers December 16, 2011 at 9:05 am #

      Michele, I wish that I would have known about Don Luis, as I would definitely have gotten up early to sample his empanadas. Thanks for the tip! The Bric was a great place to stay. Last time I was there, I was on the other end of the beach, so it was great to see what’s happening on “the new 5th.”

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