Whether it’s a Monday morning when you’re overwhelmed by the 5th Avenue crowd or a Thursday at 10 PM and most restaurants are closed; Below we tell you which shops are visited by the local people and which meet at least 2 of the 3 B’s; “bueno, bonito y barato” (good, pretty and cheap).
Asadero del Pollo Estilo Sinaloa
This place serves one of the best roasted chickens in Playa. You can eat there or purchase for take out. It’s located on 20th Avenue at 2nd Street, and a new location on 30th Avenue and CTM (46th Street). The restaurant closes early, often before 6.00pm, so get there early.
These are the classic tacos al pastor in Playa del Carmen. You can find several branches, in the center there are 3, all on 30 with crossroads on Avenida Constituyentes, 6 St. and 32 St. There is one closer to the ferry that goes to Cozumel. The last one is a few minutes from Plaza la Américas.
This place is almost as old as Playa del Carmen itself. Here you will find the richest typical snacks in Playa del Carmen, empanadas, panuchos, salbutes, tortas and more. It is located on the corner of 30th street and 28th street, it is a place to have dinner since they open at 5 in the afternoon.
On the highway by the electric station (before Juarez Avenue), this open air local place is now open throughout the evening. The have great shrimp and fish tacos, as well as some terrific ceviches and fish cocktails that are very popular. For 15 pesos each you can get fresh seafood and awesome hot sauce. They now serve arrachera in the evenings after 6.00pm as well as their seafood.
Pozoleria Mi Abuelita
This small and friendly posole house has a small menu but specializes in pork and chicken posole, which is quite tasty. It is accompanied by a three-tiered plate of chips, chiles and other items and only costs $50 pesos. This place is located on 30th Avenue between 20th and 22nd Streets.