In my “Cozumel- Mexico’s Heaven” post I wrote all about Cozumel, why it is such a special place in my heart and provided a quick guide about how to get there, places to stay, top thing to do, and the best spots to eat on the island. You can read it HERE if you missed it!
Being totally honest, the food part of any travel is what excites me the most and I felt the need to extend this list just a bit for the inner foodie in us.
Do you ever get that feeling of excitement when you go to a new restaurant and see the new menu for the first time, and better yet, experience the inner joy when you see your waitress in the distance approaching you with your amazing food? I feel this every single time I’m in a restaurant, so if you are like me, we are somehow connected and we should meet to enjoy a foodie session!
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I really hope that you can find something that looks delicious in my Cozumel Foodie Guide and that it makes you want to try some of these restaurants out! This post is special for me, because in some of these places I’ve enjoyed multiple special occasions. Cozumel is the island where I grew up, and I have seen how they have evolved over the years, adding many special delicious foods to their menus!
There isn’t any particular order in this post, just because the food and ambient are so different, but I am sure wherever you pick you will enjoy it immensely!
DISH: Huevos a la Veracruzana
Cozumel Island, in the Mexican Caribbean, has many options to offer, and Buenaventura Terrasse is a great start if it’s your first time on the island as a beautiful breakfast spot. All egg lovers will find different preparations using eggs that will be both unique and delicious. One of my favorite dishes is called “Huevos a la Veracruzana,” which is a typical breakfast served in Veracruz, a state in Mexico. This recipe combines scrambled eggs, beans, sour cream, fresh cheese and plantain all wrapped in a tortilla. It is spectacular, and even more so when having the Caribbean Sea in front of you –what a way to start the day on the right foot. Another of my favorite egg dishes on the menu is “Huevos Motuleños” which are typical of the state of Yucatán, and is a fried tortilla, and on top, a fried egg is placed along with some black beans, and a sauce prepared with tomatoes, ham, and peas. One thing for certain is that it won’t be a boring breakfast!
DISH: Tacos de Camarón
El Camarón Dorado is a local spot in Cozumel and a hidden secret between locals. The food is cheap and delicious. The seafood they offer in this establishment is freshly caught from the ocean every day, and you can be a spectator of this if you arrive early in the morning, you will see how fishermen deliver their load that will later be used to create these majestic “shrimp tacos” and other meals on the menu that give this restaurant its reputation. It is expected to eat more than usual and go with a big appetite. The tortilla from the shrimp tacos is soft and small, the shrimp is breaded and if you order “con todo” meaning with everything you will get in them, beans, sour cream, and purple onion. It is suggested to order a “guacamole” on the side to truly feel in heaven. El Camarón Dorado is a great spot to enjoy the local seafood cuisine.
DISH: Fresh Fish Fillet
Growing up in Cozumel Island, Pepe’s must make it to this list. Pepe’s was founded in 1966, and was founded by Don Eduardo Ruiz “Don Pepe.” Its long history makes this restaurant a must while visiting this island in the Mexican Caribbean. The location is exceptional as from a two-story building you can see directly to the Caribbean Sea while scoping through a menu that has incorporated Asian, Italian and Mexican cuisines and also serves excellent quality Angus Beef steaks and seafood. Sharing meals is probably one of the smartest things to do when visiting this restaurant, as there are many delicious dishes on the menu to choose from. Some of the favourites are the Angus fillet carpaccio, Angus filet steak salad with lime-raspberry vinaigrette, and the special truffle lobster mac & cheese. Pepe’s also has a fresh fish fillet every day, and it is just a matter of asking the waitress what the fresh pick of the day, and decide the way you want them to cook it, and Voilà!
Guido’s is an exclusive restaurant that all locals living in Cozumel would describe as “classy, a restaurant not to miss, and delicious.” It is the place to go when there is a special celebration, or just wanting to have a pleasant evening. Guido’s has been in Cozumel since 1978 and now is managed by Yvonne Villiger, Guido’s daughter. The décor of this place is special, with an outside dining area under trees, and a rustic, perfect setting. As you enter this small but cozy restaurant, you will notice their wood-fired oven where they fabricate their great Pizza and lasagnas. One of the unique drinks at Guido’s is their award-winning sangria, an absolute must for the table. Other recommendations include trying their garlic bread which is oven baked with butter, rosemary, and garlic, the goats and greens salad is great and tasty, and when it comes to main meals, the fresh catch of the day is a good option as well as Yvone’ pizza with Oaxaca cheese, arugula, bacon & sun-dried tomato and sauce. Making me think of their food is making me seriously hungry!
DISH: Guacamole with castakán
Jacinta is located in the city center in Cozumel Island and has an exceptional decoration as the restaurant was built inside a Yucatán-influenced home, making the experience a lot more real and unique. The restaurant has outdoor and indoor dining, a private dining area and a boutique where it is easy to find beautiful artisanal and handmade products crafted by local artists. The menu is filled with an incredible selection, and some of the best dishes to try are; as an appetizer the guacamole with castakán, which is served with chicharrón, grilled onions and Pico de gallo. The “queso de bola and Chaya empanadas” are delicious and perfect to pair with the guacamole. The green salad tastes exquisite as it comes with a mix of salad, green beans, goat cheese, cashews, avocado puree, & lime vinaigrette. In regard to the main courses, the fettuccine al pesto with grilled shrimp and Jacinta Burger are two of my favourites. Finally, the cheesecake Jacinta and ice cream selection will surprise your palate. All of the traditional dishes are prepared in a way that will take you straight to the Mexican region they come from, all with a modern touch.
Hope you have enjoyed this selection. Let me know if you have been to any of these restaurants while in Cozumel, or you have a favorite restaurant that was not listed!