Paco Taco in Xpu Ha
El Arbolito in Puerto Aventuras
On the southbound side of Highway 307 across from the Puerto Aventuras gas station is a roadside kitchen with over 20 different tacos and homemade salsas to choose from. A few of the choices include shrimp, carne guisada (beef stew), chorizo with potato, and chile relleno (my favorite). The tortillas are handmade, delicious! No need to speak the language, just point at what looks good to you and motion that you would like a taste – they are more than happy to oblige. This place is very popular with the cabbies and combie drivers so get there early. The kitchen is only open while the day’s supplies last which is until about 2PM.
We have been to several parties catered by the Mendoza family and they do an exceptional job for a very reasonable price. So if you are celebrating an anniversary, birthday or family reunion while in the Riviera Maya, El Arbolito would be a tasty, economical solution to your catering needs.
Red Chicken in Tulum
Stopping in Tulum for a grilled chicken while cenote hopping is tradition. Red Chicken ( located on the East side of Tulum Avenue) has a simple menu, you need only decide how hungry you are – a whole or half chicken? This is accompanied with rice, tortillas and salad, all for $120 pesos. Lunch is served at plastic tables amongst the family’s pets and half dressed children, but what this place lacks in ambiance it makes up for in flavor and value. Get your cold cervesas at the convenience store across the street.
Photo by: Michele Kinnon