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Posted May 13, 2016 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Riviera Maya Foodies Diary

So we decided the other day to take a little tour around Playa del Carmen and eat Mexican Food all morning and into the early afternoon. We were inspired by a recent article that talked about taking full advantage of the great ingredients, small restaurants, independent food carts that we sometimes forget are at our finger tips. So we hopped in the car, cause we can. Oh man this was a fun filled day that left us full for a week!

Our deal was this. We decided to go to all the little places that either we have not been to for a while and we knew had amazing food. We could only eat one item on the menu and then move on. Super Chido!!! We were ready to eat our way through Playa del Carmen!

Salbutes, Cochinta Pibil, Empandas, and more!

So this is where we went and this is what we ate. Do understand that most food carts and small restaurants (we mean really small 4 chairs maximum) do not have signs or a name. Though we wish they all did, it makes a food adventure that much more interesting when you have poke your head into each place looking for the right place.

  • Avenida Juarez between 40th and 45th street on the south side. This little hole in the wall has a tiny palapa roof and four bar stools at two tables. We had an empanda and a salbute. Delicious, homemade on the spot and fresh!
  • Avenida Juarez and 15th Street in the park on the north side. Our favorite cart is the second cart on the eastside. Just look for Alex and you know you are in the right place. We had empanadas and cochinta pibil. God bless people who can cook well! Both of these were fantastic
  • Loncheria Borrega on 3rd Street south and 45th street on the corner right by the Chedraui. They have lots of seats and have great goat tacos and soup. This was our next meal and it was delicious.
  • Rincon Yucateco – CTM (46th Street) between 10th and 15th street on the northside of CTM. We decided to share the lime soup and one salbute. Again dreamy, delicious and wonderful.
  • La Perla – 34th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue. We were pretty full by this point so decided to have dessert and call it a day. Normally we have chapulines here (fried grasshoppers) but that would have been way to rich. We opted for one dessert with sweet potato, fruit and honey. We washed it down with our alcoholic drink of the day, pulque, a historical drink in Mexico made from maguey.

This day out had us full by the end , but I have say super happy. To enjoy all things regional, delicious and made with such care had us loving the Riviera Maya even more that day. Our lesson was this. Try something new every day. Take the time to stroll and eat things that you love. Appreciate what you have right in front of you, as others travel many miles for the food we had this day.

For visitors, all we can say is this. If you smell something delicious cooking somewhere, stop and try it. There are so many aromas and food smells on all the streets in Mexico it is shame to just walk on by. If you don’t like it, no big deal. Most of these little snacks will set you back less than 1USD to try it. If you like it, you just hit the jackpot for 1USD.

Food Porn Shots from Our Food Day in Playa del Carmen

Food Porn Shots from Our Food Day in Playa del Carmen

Food Porn Shots from Our Food Day in Playa del Carmen

Food Porn Shots from Our Food Day in Playa del Carmen

Food Porn Shots from Our Food Day in Playa del Carmen

Extra Food Porn Shots From other Riviera Maya Restaurants

Food Porn Shots From other Riviera Maya Restaurants

Food Porn Shots From other Riviera Maya Restaurants

Food Porn Shots From other Riviera Maya Restaurants

Food Porn Shots From other Riviera Maya Restaurants

Have some food porn you want to share. Send it along or write a post for us. We are always looking for some great food.

Kay moved to the Riviera Maya in 1992 to explore underwater caves. As an expat, Kay has been working in the vacation and tourism profession in Mexico ever since. She is the co-founder of the travel & vacation rental website LocoGringo.com

Read her amazing story because she thought she’d only stay 6 months.

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