Playa Eats: My Latest Endeavor

Aug 8, 2008


I started a new blog about a month ago with Hans and Solomon to review restaurants in Playa del Carmen. We review the places where we eat, which isn't necessarily anywhere tourists would eat, but we like 'em. That's not to say that if we eat at La Parilla or Carlos n' Charlies that we won't review them, it's just to say that we've lived here some time now and haven't felt the urge to go to those places.

Solomon is a real "off the beaten track" guy when it comes to food, so many of his reviews will be of nameless restaurants, taco carts, changarros and more. He's not afraid to wander way up into the Colosio (a neighborhood north of Playa where there aren't many gringos, if any) to get food. Expect his reviews to include directions based more on landmarks, as many of his favorite haunts aren't clearly marked, or their cross streets aren't clearly marked (in Mexico.... imagine!).

Hans and I still occasionally eat on or around 5th or 10th Aves. I intend to post as many reviews that are accessible for tourists as I can. Part of that is motivated by wanting to know where to take family and friends when they visit, and the other part is just wanting to help people eat well when they don't want to stray out into the rest of Playa (or they can't speak Spanish).

Check it out, and if you know of a restaurant that we should visit, let us know!

8 comments:

YayaOrchid said...

Yours really is a good idea for even your blog readers should one of us someday decide to visit that lovely area. Not likely to happen for me at least, but it's good to know there are people who can make a good recommendation for anyone interested in knowing of some good eats.

ele said...

great idea! i love your reviews.
you might try the taco place on the highway just north of juarez, la floreria. great fish tacos. there is also an out-of-place seafood restaurnt in the ejido called los tiberones. i don't remeber where it is, only how to get there :) ask around for directions, you won't regret it :)

barry said...

hello..This will be appreciated information.I have just retired and plan to come down to PDC this Fall to paint and dive... and it's always nice to know were GOOD EATS are found.

beachin77 said...

ok, you HAVE to try HC Monterrey on constituyentes, across from the mega. it has THE BEST arrechera i have ever eaten. you can order individual portions (300 g i think) or by the kilo. my boyfriend & i usually get a kilo and take the leftovers home. if you order by the kilo, make sure you also order the tortillas & guarnaciones, which is half an avocado and a grilled jalapeno, for making tacos. they also have salsa, sour cream, grilled onions, and potatoes. there's many things on the menu, but we don't even look . . . the arrechera is simply THE BEST! there's a few other locations as well. i hope you decide to give it a try - you won't be disappointed!

Jeff said...

This is definitely a useful website for those going to Playa looking for some yummy food! I love how directions in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, for example, are given in approximate distances from the nearest landmark: "125 meters northeast of the gas station" or "in front of the marina" -- it's funny to compare that with the sophistication of a city whose streets are designed in the form of a grid (Washington DC and NYC). I feel like it is pretty easy to get around Playa, although I didn't get a chance to visit much in town, so I'm not sure how difficult the naming or positioning of streets gets.

Playa del Carmen Rentals said...

Thanks so much for putting this together. It will be greatly appreciated by my friends and associates! Keep up the great work you dinks.

Levan said...

very nice places, but u have to try real local places, if you want to try some tacos or grilled meat, visit el sarape, or you can try el fogon, when arracheras is what you are looking for, then HC is the perfect place, it is right next to mega, don´t forget local food, at Nativo and sea food at La bamba jarocha, that´s local life.

mexpat said...

Hi Levan,

We certainly like local places, and though we've been to Fogon and HC, we are really enjoying the places out in the ejido and in the colosio more these days! We like places there aren't any gingos, but I agree, Fogon and HC are great introductions for tourists looking for local eats! Perhaps we'll get back there and review them properly! We ate there alot when we first got here. Seems tourists really love them!