Tulum: where we ate
Part of my excitement about going to Mexico was the food. Chicago has a pretty great dining scene and a lot of options for great Mexican food, however, going to the source is always great. Prior to arriving, I knew we wanted to go to one restaurant because it was at the beach and the photos looked oh so dreamy. I made a reservation there and we did grab a drink and an appetizer there then moved along to somewhere else. So without further ado, the food
El Camello Jr - Really delicious seafood and local fare. Cheap, great cheap beer. Three of us shared a ceviche of mixed seafood, chips, guacamole, and a pico de gallo. Our local friend came here with us because it was one of his favorites.
Gitano - The hip and beautiful place at the beach. It was a beautiful space and the drinks were delicious and inventive but the food wasn't a standout. I had chorizo lettuce wraps and my friend orderd a sweet potato that was massive and delicious. It had really interesting seasonings and I eat a lot of sweet potatoes but don't particularly love them but this one was was really good. Locals also told us this place wasn't great and to only go for drinks and tried to steer us somewhere else, make your own decisions though.
Cortazar - Great bar at the beach, very small, has a lovely open air bar space and comfortable but masculine and chic terrace. We had spicy mezcal cocktails here. Service and the vibe were great. More expensive than in town but not as expensive as Gitano. The music and the service were great and my friend and I loved this chill yet chic cocktail bar.
Los Aguachiles - The hostel staff told us about this place. My friend and I and our new friends from Canada and The Netherlands went there after a very long day of riding bikes around Coba and climbing the ruins and the pyramid there (more on that in a later post), and swimming in 3 different cenotes. We arrived back in Tulum around 3 pm and were starving and I suddenly remembered that suggestion. They had great cocktails, everyone ordered a Victoria beer and the other three also ordered mezcal or tequila cocktails. I was driving so I stuck to one beer but tried a local IPA (pictured!) We all ordered 3-4 tacos and they were all so delicious. Every appetite was satsified.
Kahlua - a place for late night food and Mexican staples. Tasty, reliable, nothing AMAZING. It was our first night's meal. I had a really good vegetarian burrito and my friend had a another meatless burrito and we shared.
I Scream Bar - This place was fun and boisterous, kind of fratty, not my favorite. I sipped a beer, it could be fun. Make your own decision.
Clan-Destino - I didn't have a drink here but everyone else loved it. It is a bar over a cenote. Enough said. You could get in, it was late and we did not.
Mulberry Project at the Zebra hotel - this place has pretty amazing drinks. It was pick your own liquor, flavor, and fruit and they'd make what you wanted. I didn't really know what I wanted so at the bartender's suggestion, I had a coconut, smokey, frozen mezcal drink and it was so good other people in my group tried it and ordered it for their next. Then my friend and I went to their beach the next day and I ordered another one. This bar is only in Tulum through May 30 so get it while it's hot. It was a hip crowd and the drinks were not crazy expensive but they were not as cheap as in town.
El Bacaro - ITALIAN food. YES, we ate Italian on our last night. I know that sounds insane but hear me out, the Italian food in Tulum is good. Apparently, Italians settled in the region. We went to this open air, lovely restaurant and two of us got pizza and the other two had pasta; ravioli, and gnocchi, to be exact. Everyone's meal was so delicious. This place is great if you want a break from Mexican food or just want good Italian.
Pasito Tun Tun - fun bar with live music - we saw a seriously great band here and we danced for hours and ordered great mezcal cocktails and had fun with our new friends after Bacaro on our last night. We had a great international group this night which grew to 6 or 7 people. I would go back to this bar because the vibe was fun and chill.
Batey Mojito and Guarapo Bar - More mezcal and tequila cocktails here, really fun drinks and a pretty outdoor space. They also have food. We went here for one drink after Bacaro and before Pasito. Memorable, but not amazing.