Isla Mujeres Food
So Many Restaurants, So Little Time!
In no particular order here’s some pictures of the wonderful food you’ll find on Isla Mujeres… Please excuse the misspellings!
I’m not going to bother telling you where all these places are located… the regulars all know… Newbies… get a Map Chick Map! http://www.mapchick.com/
Another good Isla resource for Newbies is the Local Knowledge Guide… it covers everything from shopping and dining to transportation and nightlife.
Chicken Enchiladas with Mole Sauce at POC CHU. I’ve had good and not so good visits here. Sometimes the service isn’t great and sometimes the food is better than other times, but it’s a decent little place, reasonably priced and very authentic.
Fish Fingers and Shrimp Cerviche at PICUS. One of my favorites. Close to the ferry and right on the water. Put your toes in the sand and order a cold SOL and you’re on vacation! The food is excellent, reasonably priced and big servings. Love their cerviche!
Chicken Enchiladas and Cheeseburger at EL PUBLITO. Nice little place on the southern end of the island. Outside dining with plenty of shade. The “presentation” of the food is not what you would expect when you first see the place. Nice people.
On another visit here I had to try this “Aztec Soup” I was hearing about and rumor also had it that their coconut shrimp was pretty darn good. Well, I have to say it was one of the best meals I’ve EVER had on Isla! Great food, don’t miss this place. They are only open for lunch.
LA LOMITAS! One of my favorite places. Authentic as it gets, great prices, big servings and dang, it’s just good eatin! Pictured below are her delicious soups… first the bean, (no trip to Isla is complete for me without at least one bowl of this!) then the chicken… soupa de lima. The soups are really a meal by themselves. Next is the “house special fish” and chicken mole.
Most recently I just had to try her chili relleno (after a bowl of bean soup, of course!). Awesome!
That’s the last picture….
BIMBO DOGS! After a hard day at the beach and a few Sol’s or tequilas in the evening, nothing beats a Bimbo Dog on the way back to your hotel. Look for one of these carts, or just follow Carl, and tell them you want one with “everything” As Emerill would say… “It’s a pork thing.” A grilled hot dog wrapped in bacon… need I say more? Get it with grilled onions, peppers & jalapenos! It’s Hog Heaven!
Breakfast at the little restaurants by the public market. There are four little restaurants down by the post office and public market. Great places for breakfast or lunch. Very reasonable and really good food. This is scrambled eggs with chorizo and of course, rice & beans! It’s from the last one, which I think is called TACOS TUMBRAS….
Also from the same place… on another visit…one of the best breakfasts I’ve had on Isla…. Huevos Montolues, or something like that! They were like egg tostadas… and only $40MP!
The first loncheria is ALEX & GEOVANNI. I tried it for the first time on my last visit and it was wonderful. This is their fruit plate and Omelet Geovanni…
Fish Tacos and Gucamole at BALLY HOO. Hidden behind the gas station is this great little place with good food and excellent drinks… especially margaritas and pina coladas. Comfy chairs and usually a nice breeze, it’s a great place to “chill” Some of the best “guac” on the island… ditto for the fish tacos.
Cheeseburger at JAX… for when you just gotta have one! Good place to catch sports on TV. If you have kids you can bring them here for more “American” things like chicken fingers. They also have a good special on buckets of Corona!
Rotisserie Chicken. This picture is from the one on Hildago across from Aqua Adventures. There are others all over the island including in the colonies. For around $6-8 you get a whole chicken and all the sides… Makes for a great lunch on the beach or balcony!!
Pork Medallions at Victors Cuban Restaurant. Excellent food and really good Mojitos… usually 2 for 1
Breakfast at M&J’s. My favorite place for breakfast. Right next to Roca Mar. Have breakfast sitting outside with the Caribbean as your backdrop. Their house specialty is omelet casserole thing that comes in a skillet right out of the oven. Muy caliente! (Heat wise, not spicy!) They have about 5 or 6 different ones. Shown below is my favorite… the Ranchero. Below that is their Breakfast sandwich, which is also very good.
LA BRUJA What a great little find this place is. It’s in La Gloria not far from the English School. Run by a wonderful family. Good authentic food, reasonably priced. Had some delicious appetizers there for lunch followed by these awesome tacos! Cold Sol and Great Food… need I say more???
On a return visit for dinner I had shrimp soup and enchiladas suzia. Both were very good. The soup is a consume, so it was a little too “brothy” for me, but had excellent flavor and a lot of shrimp. The enchiladas were some of the best I’ve ever had!
Sunday RIB MAN If you’re there on a Sunday don’t miss this treat. He cooks em up in his back yard and they are delicious. You can get them with bones, or my favorite, without… the boneless ones are shown below. If you like BBQ sauce, bring a bottle of your favorite from home. (He’s recently started serving these up on Saturday as well, but that might be somewhat seasonal.)
SAN COCHOS… A lot of people really love this place. I’ve had mixed experiences. Sometimes the food is decent and the service isn’t, other times it’s the reverse. They do make a decent mojito and have good prices on cervezas… usually you can get Estrella for $10MP a bottle and it’s actually pretty good beer. They have a big screen TV so it’s a great place to catch football games. Here are some pix of some appetizers we had while watching a game there…
BASEBALL TACOS! Another one of my favorites… have to eat here at least a couple times every trip. It doesn’t get any more authentic than sitting on a street corner in a little Mexican neighborhood eating tacos with the locals! Chicken, beef or pork… with or without cheese… flour or corn tortillas. Just answer those 3 questions and tell em how many you want… then belly up to the “fixins bar” Come hungry, leave full, and have plenty of pesos still left in your pocket!
MIQUEL’S Everybody’s best amigo! He’d win the Oscar for “Best Host” if they gave one. I’ve had some of THE best fish ever there… his grilled grouper… which he’ll tell you… “I catch it myself this morning amigo” Shown below is the Moonlight Special… Shrimp, fish and lobster! It’s around $15 a person and he’ll make up a platter for however many people you want.
COMONOS I always think I’m getting the name of this place wrong, but it’s located right next to Miquel’s and is a great place to take a break from all the Mexican Food… especially if you want a wonderful salad! Shown below are the Caesar salad... the House salad, and fried cheese appetizers…
CHILI LOCOS Only eaten here once, and I don’t know why, cause it was really good. I guess I just don’t think about it. This is their special “Chili Loco” which has shrimp in a cheesy cream sauce. Yeah… it’s REAL good!
MARIA! If you spend any time at all on the beach please support the beach vendors! “Maria The Pepito Lady” is one we all love. I look for her every trip. Always buy one bag of pepitos, with chilies and with lime. I give her 50 pesos and tell her “no change”. She grabs my hand and says “ahhh, for my Coca Cola, God Bless You Amigo!” She’s a real sweetheart!
QUBANO… I probably spelled that wrong. It’s a new little, and I do mean little (4 tables) restaurant with wonderful food. First time there I had a Cuban sandwich that was the BEST I’ve ever had, even better than the ones I’ve had from Cuban delis in Key West. However, I somehow managed to forget to take a picture of it… you’ll just have to trust me, it was REALLY good!! I did go back and have the salad which awesome. The homemade dressing is absolutely delicious with fried goat cheese on top…
Breakfast at BUCANEROS… They offer a breakfast buffet so I gave it a try. It’s $100MP for adults and $50MP for kids. A little on the high side, but that includes coffee and juices… and it is “all you can eat”
MININO’S… When I’ve wanted cerviche or fish I usually go to Picus. It’s always been good, and when I find a place I like I tend to go back. But I decided to try something different. I had the shrimp cerviche and their grilled fish fillet. The cerviche was good, but I have to give the nod to Picus… I like theirs better. The fish was excellent! And the prices were very reasonable with good service.
BRISAS GRILL… A brand new place on the waterfront, close to Picus. Much more “upscale”. They have a beautiful dinning area under cover with a nice bar, and also tables in the sand at waters edge. The service was good and they have a large menu. I had the avocado shrimp salad, which was delicious. It’s a whole avocado cut in half, filled with shrimp, and covered with a dressing that I thought was similar to thousand island. It was really too much dressing, so I’d suggest ordering it on the side. It’s also big enough that two people could easily share it. Then I had the grilled fish in garlic and butter. It was delicious as well. Definitely give this place a try!