Playa del Carmen cuisine gives every visitor a wonderful dining experience. The culinary delight is an exotic mixture of flavors, aromas, and colors unique to the city. It will satisfy even the most fussy and hard-to-please taste. So one of the first things you should do in this gastronomic city is to find restaurants that will please your demanding palate.
Most people in Playa del Carmen have a hearty lunch at about 2 in the afternoon called comida corrida, which is actually very good value for your money. For only 30 to 40 pesos, you will enjoy soup, a plateful of food with beans and rice, tortillas, as well as all the fruit juice you can drink. You will have a menu of traditional dishes to choose from for the main course: beef tips in onion and tomato, chicken with sauce, meatballs in a chipotle sauce, or puntas a la mexicana.
A great place to have a comida corrida is La Casa de Piedra, located on Calle 32 and Avenida 35, but there are many other excellent comida corrida places in the city. Some taquerias in Playa del Carmen are open during the day, but they are traditionally more of a night thing.
Antojitos are the authentic Mexican fast food. They are available from restaurants, street carts and booths, and by wandering vendors – this gastronomic delight is never far away. A nice place to sample antojitos is at taquerias, offering an eclectic mix of different dishes. Antojitos are very fun to eat. They are not only tasty, but you can also get one at a time and then find your favorite.
The tostadas, salbutes, sopes, panuchos, and papadzules
Some antojitos are based on corn tortilla, but they differ to some extent in execution. Playa del Carmen has tostadas, salbutes, sopes, panuchos, and papadzules. One is stuffed with beans, one is hard fried. One comes with grated cheese, another with lettuce. One thing is for sure, they are all good and you must try them. Simply add a little hot salsa and try them all. Shredded pork or chicken is the usual topping. The taco is also a good friend of these delectable foods.
Quesadilla, gringa, flautas, and longaniza de Valladolid
Try the ubiquitous quesadilla if you never tried one before. The juicy gringa – two flour tortillas with al pastor meat in between – is also a must-eat food in Playa del Carmen. Another food that you should not miss eating is the Flautas, which are made of corn tortillas filled with meat or chicken. They are rolled up to a tube and then fried hard. They are often served with lettuce and cream on top. If you have an adventurous palate, try the scrumptious longaniza de Valladolid.