A Mexican island that lies in the Caribbean Sea, Cozumel is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world, especially coming in off cruise ships. When stopping over to visit Cozumel, it is important to indulge in the various cuisines prepared there. From European chocolates to seafood burritos, there’s a wide variety of explosive flavors that will keep travelers hungry for more. Here’s our list of the best places to try out the local food.
Chocolateria Isla Bella
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a decadent chocolate dessert from local favorite, Chocolateria Isla Bella. Started by a mother-daughter duo, the Chocolateria specializes in handmade creations with European and Mexican flair. Customers can choose from a selection of over 20 different types of chocolates, each one made from all-natural ingredients, including a vanilla extract which is made on-site.
Buccanos at Night
Make dinner more than just a meal at Buccanos at Night. Here, all dishes are masterpieces made exquisitely by an experienced staff. Flavors from all cultures are thrown together to provide a wholesome, exciting dish. Fish are caught from the waters right off the coast by the owner and brought to the restaurant’s tables in the form of signature seafood dishes. The panoramic views that surround the restaurant compliment the enticing meals and rarely fail to impress guests.
Established in 1978, Guido’s is run by restaurateur Yvonne Villiger, who has a commitment to finer foods. With the rustic wood-fired oven at her back, she is able to create delicious pizza and lasagne that surpasses even her father’s legacy. Customers can take their pick from the daily specials such as seafood delicacies, fine wine, and a dessert bar to make this one a truly excellent spot.
La Cuisine by Nutribalance
With its own nutritionist, each meal at this joint is carefully crafted to achieve a perfect balance of nutrition and taste. Choose from a wide selection of salads, wraps, fresh juices and sandwiches, all of which are made from organic ingredients that are locally gathered. Dine on a meal sans trans fat, preservatives and artificial colors, and feel great while on vacation.
Alberto’s Beach Bar
Drop by Alberto’s Beach Bar to dine on the finest seafood by Cozumel’s coastline. Nothing can beat an extensive seafood platter while watching the sunset across the Caribbean Sea. The refreshing ambiance and great service here is just a hint of the wonderful experience that diners can expect from their meals. Whether it is lobster tail, red snapper or Mayan shrimp, any underwater delicacy is carefully prepared by emphasizing the right flavors to get it just right.
Wet Wendy’s Margarita House and Restaurant
After tremendous growth in recent times, Wet Wendy’s has developed into a household name on Cozumel, serving some of the freshest seafood in the area. In addition to tasty food, creative drinks are always being blended behind the bar, while salsa, jazz and samba provide the welcome backing track.
Le Chef Cozumel
If you’re looking for a quiet, more intimate setting to share a meal with good company, then Le Chef Cozumel is the perfect choice. With its unassuming facade, it is easy to think otherwise, but the food will have customers coming back time and again. With a quaint, corner location, this is the perfect setting for an outdoor meal and some quiet people watching. Choose anything from lasagne to bruschetta to coconut fish, which is all highly recommended.
Al Pie de Carbon
Unleash your inner carnivore here at Al Pie de Carbon, where only premium quality meats are put on the plate. Soak in the romantic ambiance while dining on a certified Angus. Whether guests opt for the breezy terrace seating or the cozy interior, the experience is unforgettable. If you’re not a fan of steak, at Al Pie de Carbon customers can also choose from an extensive seafood menu and wine selection.
This small, family-owned joint has served arguably the best burritos in the local Cozumel area for some time. Don’t break the bank on a delicious meal and drop by Gorditos to taste authentic food that is made with passion and served to its customers with real Mexican flair and panache. Fresh ingredients are combined together to create savory dishes that are just as good as the price at this tiny gem.
Drop by the Lobster Shack in Cozumel to get a cheap and tasty hit of local flavor. If you’ve never had a shrimp or lobster burrito, this is the best joint around town to try one. Their signature dishes are unconventional but delicious and rarely fail to satisfy customers, no matter where they are from. The excellent service, locale and interior top off the list of reasons why the Shack is not to be missed.
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