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catzen Feb 25, 2007 07:41 AM

My sister and I are renting an apartment for a week in Isla. We will be doing some of our own cooking, but are there any restaurants we should not miss? We are both adventurous eaters.

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    Jeanne Feb 27, 2007 11:20 AM

    Isla Mujeres has many good restaurants. I haven't been there in 3 years, but can recommend some that were there then and are still in operation. Prices are mostly in pesos (divide by 10 to get approximate US price). This is from my "restaurant list" of the island:

    Breakfast:
    M& J (Ave. Nicholas Bravo): Cazuela, crepes or fruit and yogurt. Gringa omelet. OJ and chaya juice. Closed on Mondays.

    Los Amigo's (Hidalgo): Open for breakfast. Huevos motuleños, a layering of fried tortillas, refried beans, and fried eggs topped with ham, peas and a sprinkling of cheese.

    Lunch:

    La Lomita (Juarez, south end of town - near Navy store): Chili rellenos (large chili relleno, rice, beans, tortillas 35 pesos), excellent fried squid in lime batter, excellent Sopa de lima, Caldo de Fríjol con Puerco (Bean and Pork Soup), garlic shrimp - "best Mexican food on the island"

    Playa Lancheros for tix-n-xic (out of town - west side): LUNCH ONLY

    Loncherias (breakfast and lunch):

    Alexia y Geovanny's (Guerrero Ave): Excellent shrimp soup, fish filet with garlic sauce, Chuleta Yucateca (pork chops), fish veracruz (45 pesos), chicken mole. Yucatan chicken. Large menu selection. Open for breakfast also (ham and cheese omelet – 25 pesos, mixed omelet - 35 pesos). Highly recommended.

    Carolina’s Loncheria (2 doors down from Alexia & Giovanni’s). Tacos Pollo, Enchilada Verde, Quesadilla Chorizo, Sopa de lima. Yucatan pork, scrambled eggs with chorizo. Enchiladas mole.

    Poc Chuc: Fish Veracruzano, bean soup, all types of food - rave reviews - ask for Comida Corrida at lunch (special of the day) Shrimp tacos (3) for 15 pesos. Also great fiery hot salsa and guacamole prepared with tomatoes. Large Coconut Shrimp (5) –70 p; Poc Chuc (a pork dish) –30 p; Guacamole –30 p. Wonderful shrimp and lobster dishes. Salbutes, thick hand-formed masa tortillas, fried to order, topped with shredded chicken, pickled cabbage/onions and served with great salsa. Their very inexpensive and absolutely delicious! Check out their Pescado a la Vercruzano. (also serves dinner)

    Lunch and Dinner -

    Chili Loco's (Hidalgo) : Chili loco (stuffed pepper with shrimp and cheese in a white cream sauce- not battered or fried like a usual relleno), Delicious enchilladas suisse. Drinks are 2X1 all night. Wonderful margaritas, mojitos, and killer Mayan Sacrifices .

    Cocktelerius Picus (Rueda Medina): Whole fried fish with garlic, all types of ceviche (excellent shrimp ceviche), lobster, guacamole. Can get ceviche to go 70 pesos – excellent. Mixed seafood tacos (50 pesos). Seafood cocktails to die for.

    Cocktelerius Mininos, across from the Harbor Master on Medina. Excellent food (fresh fish). Located just before the Car Ferry (same side of street) and has “the best seafood on Isla” (Ms. Isla). Food is fresh and great prices.

    Miramar (Rueda Medina): Specializing in seafood. Lobster, seafood soup, fish. Lobster dinner - "$20 includes 3 lobster tails, rice, peppers, tortillas, potato, butter & garlic plus chips, salsa &
    guacamole. They serve the guacamole as an appetizer before the meal." 4 fish tacos with cabbage, onion, tomatoes and a slice of avocado - $5. Shrimp with garlic sauce ($10).

    Angelo’s: Hidalgo. Inexpensive – large servings. Excellent pizza and pasta.

    Caso O's: Out of town - west side of island. Gorgeous sunsets. USDA Steaks, seafood, lamb and chicken. Ceviche and lobster bisque – both excellent. Key lime pie. Outside dining. Appetizers 45 - 70 P, entrees 85 - 190 P (does not include lobster).

    San Cochos: Right across from Chiles Locos on Hidalgo, north of Bamboo and Angelo’s. The chiles rellanos are super. Two of them with creamy seafood. Chicken kabob is about 16 inches long and delicious. Other interesting sounding dishes – baby shark, seafood balls, mixed seafood rice, country fried steak. 2-4-1 drinks all day.

    Tacqueria Medina (on Hidalgo, north end of the "restaurant strip"): Tacos al pastor and bean soup.

    Miguel's Moonlight Video Bar & Grill (used to work at Posada) – Hidalgo next to Gomar’s – good food, great shrimp - pool table, footsball – rave reviews. Good garlic shrimp.

    Desserts:

    Color de Verona (Lopez Mateos, by JAX): Desserts "to die for", coffee. Crepes with hot chocolate, chantilly cream, hazelnuts, and ice cream. 130MP you can have an appetizer, crepe and salad, desert and a glass of wine

    Beach Bars/restaurants:

    Playa Sol (Sergio's): Ceviche, chicken nachos, sopa de lima, fish tacos, shrimp tacos - all good. Range 10 - 79 P. Great garlic shrimp.

    Sunset Grill (on beach: Nautibeach condos): Nuclear nachos & shrimp ceviche - Whole fried fish, coconut shrimp/mango sauce, chicken quesadillas Chicken chimichangas w/side of chipolte sauce, chicken tacos. Great view - ambience and music.

    Na Balam's palapa bar (on beach - across from Avalon): Great ceviche, chicken tacos, best mango margaritas

    If you haven't done so already, order an Isla Mujeres map from Laura Mapchick - they're great and will be an asset to your trip.

    http://www.mapchick.com/

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      catzen Mar 3, 2007 04:33 AM

      Jeanne,
      Thanks. I will report back when I return. I do have the Mapchick map - it is great.

      1. louweezy Mar 6, 2007 07:30 AM

        tacos at the baseball field. Campos Tacos, I think is the name. Very good. I second Picu's. I don't always like to admit it, but I do love lunch or dinner at Casa Rolandi. The view is wonderful, service always great, & it's good Italian. As above, after you go to Lomitas, stop at the Navy Store & stock up on goodies.
        http://www.rolandi.com/cri_menu_full.htm

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          bronwen Jun 21, 2007 08:43 AM

          I love Casa O's - it's by Garafon and tucked a bit away. It's a lovely restaurant - the lobster's v. good (but expensive!)

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