During my trip to Riviera Maya & Yucatan, I got to experience a wide variety of Mexican and Yucatan cuisine. The food was one of the many things I enjoyed during my time in Mexico. In this list, I will share you my Top 5 Eats in Riviera Maya & Yucatan!
1. Enchiladas and Ceviche
Let me tell you about this meal. This is one of those meals where you are so satisfied after, that you take 2 hour nap because of it (if that makes any sense). We decided to go to La Coqueta as it was a block away from our AirBnB in Tulum. The staff were very welcoming. The ceviche was super fresh and tender, perfectly cured in lime and just the right amount of spices. You can taste the fresh ingredients that they used on all the food. The portion were also huge, which led to us passing out right after. All this was a very reasonable 420 MXN ($28 CAD)!
2. Gorditas & Champola
For #2, I have combined two things that are from different restaurants, but go together so well! Gorditas from Gorditas Doña Gorda and a champola from Dulceria y Sorbeteria Colon can be found only a block apart in Centro Merida. Gorditas are pastries made with corn flour and stuffed with cheese, meat, or other fillings. We went here two times as they have a variety of flavours, ranging from pulled pork, chicharrón, chicken in salsa, beef stew, etc. The best thing is that these gorditas are only around 12 MXN ($0.80 CAD) depending on the flavours that you get. Less than a minute walk, you can get a champola from Dulceria y Sorbeteria Colon. Champola is a dessert where ice cream is mixed in a glass of milk (basically a milkshake, that is not shaken). I got the coconut flavour and its such a refreshing dessert for a hot day in Merida. The champola will set you back 45 MXN ($3 CAD), but it is definetely worth it! You can take both food and people watch in the centre plaza of Merida.
3. Tacos at Antojitos La Chiapaneca
TACOS, TACOS, TACOS! We tried as many 7 different taco places, and I feel like this place takes the cake! Antojitos La Chiapaneca in Tulum has a variety of options from tacos al pastor, empanadas, panuchos, salbutes, tostadas. The food is so cheap at about 8 to 15 MXN ($0.53 to $1 CAD). Though the prices are small, the food here has big flavor and taste. They also have amazing salsas and a variety of garnish to go with your food. You’ll likely have to wait a bit for a table as the place gets pretty crowded, but it will be so worth it!
4. Tacos at El Fogon
Our first meal of our trip was to El Fogon, a chain of taco restaurants in Playa del Carmen where lots of locals go to eat cheap tacos (around $1 each). We got tacos al pastor and quesadillas. The tacos al pastor are juicy and flavorful, which also includes a slice of pineapple inside. It also came with sides of radish, cooked cactus and the standard salsas and pico de gallo. It was so good that we decided to get another plate of tacos. This was also not the last time we were in this restaurant. There is a reason that this place is rated 4.5 stars with over 500 reviews on Yelp! This whole meal along with an alcoholic drink and a bottle of water came to be 159 MXN ($10.60 CAD).
5. “Healthy” Meal at Yerba Buena del Sisal
I put healthy in quotation marks as I tried to order a healthy option. While my girlfriend got the veggie burger, I got the chilaquiles with mole sauce, which I thought was a salad with mole sauce. As you can see below, it is definitely not a salad. Instead it is a BBQ like sauce on top of corn tortilla chips with pork bits and garnished with raw onions. It tasted pretty good, especially if you like BBQ sauce. The veggie burger was the best tasting veggie burger I have ever tasted as the patty that they used was seasoned really well. We also got a delicious chocolate banana protein smoothie. If you are in Valladolid and looking for somewhere that serves healthy and vegetarian options, definitely go to this restaurant! All this was 220 MXN ($14.67 CAD)