Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Today the group was off to see the Tulum Ruins, which I did not like the first time round so I opted out of going again and searching for the best Playa del Carmen restaurants. I think I made the right decision despite seeing where the group had puerco pibil for lunch.
But who needs one lunch when you can have three!
Yes it’s true I have not learned! Well I actually did learn a little, this time I did not eat breakfast so I could eat more. But if you want to know the best Playa del Carmen restaurants you need to ask someone who lived in Playa del Carmen. This was not actually difficult as Mexicans are not short of opinions when it comes to food. The first thing I learned was the best Playa del Carmen restaurants weren’t really restaurants as I knew them.
My first meal was from enthusiastic Sergio who works at Blue Diamond. When he heard I was going into town he offered up his favourite taco stand that he drives out of the way to visit to get the chile relleno tacos. Knowing I was taking a collectivo into town he wrote the directions on a piece of paper to give to the driver.
Just like outside the ADO in Cancun, the women who cook the food do not touch the money. This is the sign on a clean place because money is disgustingly dirty. If you go to PDC you must head to the Red Cross on Avenida Benito Juarez. I wanted another but I had more food coming.
Next up was Los Aguachiles, which all the locals seem to know about but another Mexican blogger told me about. There is a bit of a Canadian connection as the restaurant uses Clamato juice in its dishes. I asked the waiter what he recommended and I had aguachido, shrimp marinated in lemon juice with clamato and fresh vegetables, smoked tuna and camaron ensabanado another delicious shrimp dish.
If I had to choose only one restaurant in PDC it would be Los Aguachiles, the tostadas shine a spotlight on the brightness of Yucatean cuisine and you will never want to eat tex mex again. I was so impressed at how fresh and light the food was, and it was also a feast for the eyes, the restaurant really knows how to please all the senses.
My last meal recommendation was from Daniel from Blue Diamond. When I asked him if El Fogon has the best tacos as everyone had told me. He said indeed they were good but not the best. He directed me to Taquria Arandas at Prive av Norte and 10 av Norte and the place was packed with locals. While I usually don’t like organs, I decided to follow Daniel’s advice and get the tripe along with sodero, which was described as random pieces of meat that no one really know what it is.
Verdict: Amazing. I was never able to eat tacos al pastor El Fogon because they do not start serving until 6pm and I couldn’t fit it into my eating schedule. But if you only eat at Arandas you will leave very satisfied.
When I returned back to the resort I stepped on the scale and I am 2 lbs heavier, totally worth it. I’ll diet at home.