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Playa del Carmen Restaurants on a Budget

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Travelling and consuming on a price range in Playa del Carmen restaurants is straightforward to do when you eat native, and keep away from wonderful eating establishments. Once you examine the change price of the US greenback to the Mexican peso your greenback goes far! Regardless that we are Canadian, we still relate things to the American greenback, and on our final journey to Playa del Carmen, the trade for $1US was 20 pesos.

We needed to problem ourselves and see what we might eat on a price range and keep at a restrict of underneath 200 pesos = $10 US per meal. In fact, you possibly can eat comfortably and go decrease than this, but we expect that 200 pesos get you a good meal including drink/alcohol.


  • All the restaurants mentioned listed here are North of Avenue Benito Juárez as that’s the area we have been staying. There’s a lot extra South but we’ll save that for an additional journey.
  • We don’t have any particular vegetarian restaurants on this record of Mexican Food spots. We did notice a couple of speciality vegan choices however we are carnivores ourselves and didn’t attempt any of them.
  • Breakfast was free at our lodge and we feel that that’s one of the simplest ways to eat on a finances!
  • Road food is plentiful with taco carts in parks and on road corners but since we couldn’t get the names of the carts we opted to go away these out of this travel information to Playa Del Carmen restaurants.

Read our evaluate of Lodge Barrio Latino here.

Ideas for The place to Eat in Playa del Carmen on a Budget

  1. Stay off of 5th Avenue or Quinta Avenida. Prices might sound low cost when compared to North American prices, however they aren’t. We saw costs triple what we might discover one block up on 10th Avenue
  2. Eat local. We noticed Steak and Lobster for $20US on fifth Avenue and sure this is a nice deal in New York however you’re in Mexico, and this is a little expensive in case you ask me.
  3. Avoid the chains. Sorry McDonald’s, Starbucks, KFC, Subway — I’m consuming regionally in Playa del Carmen.
  4. Bottled sodas/drinks (refresco) value about 20 pesos each, so considering that tacos are sometimes 15-20 peso each you might determine to order a beer or cocktail as an alternative. We discovered this the exhausting means once we ordered two sodas (20 pesos) each, and our dish was solely 70 peso!
  5. Convey your personal water/water bottle. You should purchase a 2.5-litre jug of water at the local variety store for 25 pesos. The identical measurement jug of water at Walmart was 23 peso. Right here is the refillable water bottle that I journey with and love.
  6. Obviously, avoid any restaurants situated inside motels.
  7. If eating road meals from carts – follow protected consuming! Be sure that the meals is piping scorching when served and that the cart is busy with numerous buyer turnover — if there’s a lengthy line up of locals, you’re in all probability protected.

Navigation Tip for Understanding the Streets in Playa del Carmen

Avenues or “Avenida” and run parallel to the seashore. The Riviera Maya is ‘0’, and the primary tourist road is fifth Avenue, 10th Avenue is next, adopted by 15th and 20th. Subsequently 20th Avenue is four blocks north from the seashore.

Streets or “Calle” run perpendicular to the seashore and to make it more complicated also have names with numbers. The key street to the west aspect is Avenue Benito Juárez, and the subsequent block is Calle 2 Norte (2nd Road North) and increases from there. The subsequent main road is Avenue Constituyentes which in essence is Calle 19 Norte.

Be careful for streets which have the same identify however with the phrase “Bis” added to the top akin to Calle 12 Norte and Calle 12 Norte Bis. This duplication confused us, and we stored considering they have been typos once we have been on the lookout for places however principally “Bis” means “again” so it’s the subsequent block.

Don’t overlook to check out our information to public transportation in Playa del Carmen!

There are good local eats in all places you look in Playa del Carmen listed here are a few that we advocate.

Taqueria El Fogon

Handle: 30 Avenida Norte S/N

Taqueria El Fogón is on 30th Avenue and Av Constituyentes close to the Walmart, making this a great place to go to for a meal after choosing up supplies to maintain in your lodge fridge.

Quesadilla from Taquiera El Fogon in Playa del CarmenPin this on your favorite Pinterest board!

We ate here twice. On our first visit to El Fogón we over ordered and stuffed ourselves to the brim with beef fajitas with cheese (the cheese was a bit salty for our taste), taco al pastor (seasoned pork cooked on a rotating spit and carved – just like center japanese shawarma – and served with pineapple). We also ordered one of many specialities, El Fogón Pollo (136 pesos) — marinated boneless hen breast grilled and served with grilled green onion, guacamole, roasted green peppers, onion, cheese, baked potato with bitter cream, tortillas and a scorching tomato based mostly soup of pork, onions and white beans.

Grilled chicken special from El Fogon in Playa del Carmen

We additionally acquired a complimentary plate of a radish cucumber salad and chips with assorted salsas.

I expected the soup to be spicy, however it was savoury and scrumptious – if anybody has the recipe, please remark under as a result of I’d love to aim to prepare dinner this at house.

Tomato soup from Taquiera El Fogon in Playa del Carmen

All three of the salsas, on the other hand, have been very spicy! So be warned.

La Brocherie Rôtisserie

La Brocherie Rôtisserie exterior view of the restaurant in Playa del Carmen

Handle: 15 Avenida Nte 159, between 4th and 6th Streets.

With house owners initially from France, La Brocherie menu choices are a little totally different from the others on our record of low cost eats in Playa Del Carmen as this was the only restaurant that gives a number of salads and paninis.

We came here particularly for lunch solely to discover that they don’t open until 2 PM. I’m glad we returned because their roasted hen was among the best.

Seasoned with herbs and cooked on a rotisserie their ½ hen dinner was juicy, moist and tender; served with plain white rice, (not spicy) salsa and tortillas. It was lunch, so we shared the dish, but next time I’ll get my plate all to myself — 130 pesos.

La Brocherie Rôtisserie quarter chicken dinner served with ricePin this on your favorite meals board on Pinterest!

Wednesday evenings they serve a special French Beef Bourguignon served with potatoes and carrots hat is claimed to be wonderful (we didn’t attempt it ourselves) for 175 pesos. Reservations are advisable to make sure availability.

Service is superb and the decor was pretty. I did feel a little underdressed in my informal shorts and a sweaty t-shirt but this is Mexico in any case, and nobody seemed to thoughts.

Las Quekas

Las Quekas exterior view of the restaurant in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Tackle: 15 Avenida Nte S/N

There are a few Las Quekas places in Playa del Carmen; we ate on the 10th Road and 15th Avenue website. Outside seating solely with patio tables and chairs.

Quesadillas (15 pesos every) and Sopa (18 pesos each) are what the speciality is right here. No nonsense and without any frills — meat, sauteed onions, and cheese however tasty and on the worth of about 80 cents US, you’ll be able to afford to attempt a few totally different varieties.

Las Quekas quesadillas in Playa del Carmen

On our first visit, we sampled Chicharron (sauteed pork crackling), Carne (beef), Pollo (hen), seta (mushroom) and returned here later in the week to get some extra!

Chicharron was my favorite as a result of I found it had probably the most flavour, however it in all probability isn’t the healthiest of decisions to make.

Assorted scorching sauces are additionally included.

Asadero el Pollo

Exterior view of Asadero El Pollo in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Tackle: Calle 2 and 20 Avenida Nte

Asadero el Pollo is on the corner of 2nd and 15th simply north of the Collectivo (native bus) depot.

Native food at it’s greatest, they serve one factor solely – roasted hen cooked over charcoal and it’s really delicious. Don’t be nervous of the chainlink fencing partitions, walk into the open air dining area, and sit at an empty patio table and a waiter will shortly strategy. Be warned though that this restaurant is busy so you could have to attend for an empty desk/seat.

Playa del Carmen Restaurants on a Budget - Chicken cooking on the grill at Asadero el Pollo

The hen is flattened and roasted on a charcoal grill and reduce into items; served with Mexican rice, pickled Spanish onions, tortillas and a very spicy pink salsa. Remember that relying on which package deal you order that a delicate drink (refresco) might or is probably not included within the worth.

Half-chicken dinner at Asadero el Pollo in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Our ½ hen dinner = 110 peso

I extremely advocate that you simply put Asadero el Pollo on your listing of Playa del Carmen eating places to go to!

Don Sirloin

Tackle: 10 Avenida Norte, between Calle 12, Calle 14

With a few places in Playa del Carmen, Don Sirloin is legendary for his or her beef you possibly can in all probability guess at by their emblem with the bull. We visited the location throughout from the well-known Coco Bongo night time membership.

Opening at 5 pm that is a dinner/late night time food spot.

Service is superb as our waiter Raul taken care of us nicely and made some great suggestions from the menu.

Beef Fajitas from Don Sirloin restaurant in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Overzealous relating to the menu as soon as once more we ordered too much food and will have shared one order however we needed to attempt a few several types of fajitas and the worth was such a discount resistance was futile.

Alhambra is a beef filet that’s minimize into cubes and grilled.

Arrachera Beef Fajita
Arrachera is beef cooked with ‘bacon’ and peppers. The bacon is more like ham than what I might contemplate crispy bacon. Served with refried beans, and tortillas.

Sirloin Beef Fajita
Sirloin marinated and seasoned beef cooked on a rotating spit and sliced – just like Center Japanese shawarma. Served with refried beans, tortillas, and spicy pineapple salsa.

Playa del Carmen Restaurants on a Budget - fresh tortilla chips and salsa from Don Sirloin

Tomato salsa served with our meals was not spicy at all, and the recent tortilla chips have been crisp and warm.

Notice: Cheese costs additional

I loved the flavours of the Arrachera Beef Fajita to be better discovering the meat to be more tender, and the addition of the ham to add extra flavour however both dishes have been wonderful.

Chimichurri Pizzeria

Chimichurri Pizzeria Playa del Carmen restaurant exterior view

Handle: 77710, Calle 6 Nte 151 between 10th and 15th Avenue

Chimichurri Pizzeria is a pizza place, but in addition presents empanadas direct from Argentina. A tiny restaurant with two tables that seat four individuals each; this tasty spot is throughout the road from the Mercado Playa del Carmen. We rebelliously did not attempt the pizza but as an alternative, we tried the Carne Arabe and the Carne empanadas. The empanadas have been so good we ordered a third Pollo empanada immediately after we devoured the first ones. There’s a little bit of a wait whereas they warm the empanadas up within the oven however be affected person because warm empanadas are well worth the wait. The empanadas have a crisp outer baked shell with a lot of juicy flavourful filling — and some chimichurri sauce in fact on the aspect.

Playa del Carmen Restaurants on a Budget - Argentinian style empanadas from Chimichurri Pizzeria #PlayaDelCarmen #Mexico #food #budget #travel #empanadaPin this on your favourite Pinterest board!

We returned in the night for dinner the subsequent day wanting ahead to their beef brief ribs promotion. Unfortunately, they didn’t have it out there, however the pork ribs have been on special for 160 pesos.

Included with the ribs is a selection of potato wedges or french fries with or without cheese on prime and a simple salad of lettuce, tomato and onion with an oil and vinegar dressing. The pork was a bit dry, but the delicious chimichurri sauce made it a winner.

Short-rib special at Chimichurri Pizzeria Playa del Carmen restaurant

Observe: Just remember to aren’t in a hurry whenever you dine at Chimichurri Pizzeria because it did take a whereas for our meal to be prepared.

El Pechugon Rosticerias

El Pechugon Rosticerias exterior view in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Tackle: Av. Puerto Juárez Mza. 08 Lte. 04

One other hen place however this one is totally different from the remaining in that it’s cooked on a rotisserie right earlier than your eyes to lure you in with the delicious aroma, and the tasty sight of the chickens spinning around and round. El Pechugon Rosticerias is situated one block north of the central ADO bus station on Juarez Road. There isn’t a lot of seating here as it is primarily a take-out joint, however there’s a long bartop table with maybe six stools.

We completely enjoyed their Pollo and papas — roast hen and roasted potatoes.

Package deal Lunes 160 pesos = one entire hen, tortillas, ½ order of roasted potatoes, spaghetti, Mexican rice, salsa, roasted jalapenos.

We have been overzealous when ordering and ended up as soon as once more with too much meals as the worth was such a discount. We shortly realised our folly as we watched our server assembling our meal with a number of containers and luggage. We took our food to go and ended up sharing it with the employees at our lodge and still had enough food for lunch the subsequent day.

El Pechugon Rosticerias chicken being cooked on the rotisserie in Playa del Carmen Mexico

The roasted potatoes have been especially tasty because of the potatoes cooking on the grill and being self-basted by the drippings from the hen hanging above.

El Pechugon Rosticerias should undoubtedly go on your listing of Playa del Carmen eating places in case you are travelling with the family because the Package deal Lunes is greater than sufficient food for a household of four.

Tip: Ask for plastic forks and paper plates (no additional charge).

Yes, we ate a lot of hen. This was not intentional – it’s simply the way it occurred… A number of meals that we didn’t attempt in Playa del Carmen and remorse missing out on now that we reminisce is seafood (especially fish tacos), ice cream, and churros! (eek) So, in case you can recommend a few places to eat in Playa del Carmen – please tell us for our next visit to the town.

What do you consider our recommendations? Have you ever eaten at any of these scrumptious Mexican eating places in Playa del Carmen?

Tell us within the comments under. We’d love to hear what you thought of our Playa del Carmen food critiques.

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