Authentic Mexican and Mayan food from the Riviera Maya region just a few minutes south of Cancun is a far cry from the often predictable and over-simplified dishes served in many restaurants throughout North America. Rich in local flavors that reflect the area’s Caribbean lifestyle and cultural traditions,the dining options in Puerto Morelos range from highly affordable local places to establishments serving world-class cuisine.
“Halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen,Puerto Morelos retains its small-town feel despite the building boom north and south of town,” writes Lonely Planet. “It offers enough restaurants and bars to keep you entertained by night.”
Keeping it Casual
Located directly on the beach,Pangea Restaurant and Bar overlooks the Puerto Morelos town square and offers free WiFi for customers and a full bar. Serving breakfast,lunch and dinner,the menu is simple,tasty and offers a variety of healthy options,including fruit salads,organic tea,lunch and dinner salads with house-made natural dressings and homemade desserts. Call +52 998-159-5241 for more information.
The Little Mexican Cooking School and adjoining Little Kitchen Shop was recently featured in USA Today and is located in Casa Caribe,an intimate seaside bed and breakfast in Puerto Morelos. Here,guests enjoy a unique interactive experience using an alluring blend of flavors in entertaining cooking classes to suit any skill level that include a light breakfast followed by a full Mexican comida fuerte,or “hearty lunch” complete with festive drinks. Visit www.thelittlemexicancookingschool.com or call +52 (998) 251-8060 for more information.
At La Panza es Primero,colorful folk-style décor and a warm,welcoming atmosphere sets the tone for some of the best traditional Mexican food in Puerto Morelos,including creamy guacamole,delicious tortilla soup,and the to-die-for Molcajete Azteca,which is a main dish comprised of different meats,nopales (prickly pear cactus),cheese and salsa that is served with fresh warm tortillas. Visit www.lapanzaesprimero.com for more information.
No visit to Puerto Morelos would be complete without stopping to eat at John Gray’s Kitchen,a 36-seat waterside restaurant that is recommended by Travel+Leisure’s online guide to touring Puerto Morelos. A local favorite with international inspiration,the establishment offers a variety of fresh grilled fish,ribs,steak and vegetables. The menu is always eclectic,changes frequently and includes a wide array of mouth-watering desserts. Call +52 (998) 871-0665 for more information.
Last but definitely not least,El Merkadito is Lonely Planet’s Top Choice for dining in Puerto Morelos and offers what is “quite possibly the best seafood in town,” according to the travel website. The menu options include a fabulous aguachile ceviche,green mussels in white wine,fettuccini with lobster and octopus carpaccio. Housed in a stunning mansion that dates back to 1979 and a more recently added adjoining palapa overlooking the Caribbean Sea,this picturesque waterfront restaurant specializes in surprising food and drinks using the best local ingredients. Visit www.elmerkadito.com or call +52 998-871-0774 for more information.
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