While you might not eat the best meal of your life in Cozumel, the island offers a surprising number of very good restaurants. Many do a respectable job with Caesar Salad, grills and anything flaming. One of our great pleasures when visiting Cozumel is eating like a local. This sometimes means that we might need to venture a few blocks out of the tourist district but you can still find inexpensive “real Mexican” restaurants with safe kitchens where you can enjoy a $3-$5 meal. We have personally visited every one of the following restaurants and include our own impressions of what we’ve found there: both the good and the bad.
Inexpensive Cozumel Restaurants
Probably the cheapest lunch you will find in Cozumel is at El Laurel on 11th near the Ave. 30 circle. This is really a small store with a limited Spanish newsstand and a deli counter in the back. Our favorite order is the empanadas, which are on display at the front counter. You can choose from bean (frijoles), potato (papas), chicken (pollo) or beef (stake). Three or four empanadas (at a cost of about US$2.00 total) should be enough for lunch. Flavored chips are 3 to 4 pesos.
A great breakfast or another good choice for a real cheap lunch is 3 Patitos Empanadas at the corner of Ave 30 and Calle 15. As you might imagine, pretty much the only items on the menu are fried empanadas. They usually have chicken, beef (ground meat), cheese, potato and bean. Of those, the beef is our least favorite. You can get your order to go or eat standing at the front counter. The food is nothing fancy but is definitely worth the price. A lunch of 4 empanadas and a Coke before the tip is about $25 pesos or about $2 USD per person. Before making big plans to eat there you may want to double check on their hours of operation. On one attempted visit a few months ago, we found them closed at 12:30pm on a Saturday but on other occasions, have seen them open well into the afternoon.
At some point during your stay, you should have dinner at a real tacqueria. Our favorite is Los Sera’s located on Ave. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell (aka Ave. 30). It is one of those holes in the wall places with inexpensive prices and good food that people who don’t venture far off of the oceanfront don’t think exists in Cozumel. The Tacos al Pastor con piña (grilled marinated pork with a slice of pineapple) at about 60 cents each and frijoles charos (bean soup) are both excellent. Other items we’ve tried and liked were the chuleta con queso taco (grilled pork chop with cheese), queso dia and the al pastor torta (grilled marinated pork sandwich.) We’ve never ordered a pizza at Serra’s but we’ve noticed they do a big business on those as well and they sure look good. If you visit Sera’s be sure to take advantage of the patio seating, which makes for a much cooler dining experience away from the open cooking fires. Four to six tacos and bottle of jamaica make a good meal for about $5. Like most tacquerias, this place opens after dark and will usually be hopping late into the night. While they do not serve beer, you can bring your own if you want.
Another good choice for tacos is Taco Pique located across the street from the San Francisco Asis supermarket just north of the corner of Ave. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell (aka Ave. 30) & Benito Juaréz. Pique has an extensive menu with lots of dishes other than tacos and a wide assortment of beverages including jamaica, horchata, fruited aquas, soft drinks and beer. There is a nice sized garden area in the back where you can dine.
For those with an itch for culinary adventure, you might consider Taco Diaz. It is on Av. 30 between Benito Juarez and Calle 2 Norte and only a few store fronts north of Taco Pique.
Taco Diaz is also known as la cabeza Taqueria, which translate into “The Head Taco store” as they serve all parts of the cow and pig (including brain). I’ve only eaten there once and did enjoy it but for some reason, can’t convince my better half to go back with me. To answer the obvious question: I did sample the brain taco; more correctly it was a taquito as it was rolled and fried crispy and it was decent but my favorite dish there was the cow cheek taco.
Of all the restaurants that we enjoy in Cozumel, there is one that we dream about when we aren’t on the island. Many times we will head straight there from the airport for our first lunch of any trip there because we know we’re going to want to go back again before we head home.
If you look real close, you can find the name of Santa Carlos across the bottom of the front wall but in all likelihood, the first thing that will catch your eye when you arrive at this restaurant will be the word PESCADERIA in blue painted on the front wall. Regardless of what you call it, this is a great little fish place back in the neighborhoods. They sell a lot of to go orders of both cooked and fresh fish but there are a couple tables in a small garden in the back of the kitchen where you can dine in. The conch ceviche is usually very fresh and a single serving at $50 pesos is an ample appetizer for a table of 6. A plate lunch with a fillet entrée is $90 pesos. A whole fried fish for one starts at around $80 pesos but can go higher depending on the weight. If you want, you can walk into the open kitchen and pick your fish out of the cooler. If more than one person wants the whole fried fish, pick out a larger one and share. The species of fish will vary depending on what they caught that day but if available, try the hog fish. Given the location, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised to find that English is spoken here. The easiest way to get to Santa Carlos is to drive east out Calle 11 past the circle at 30th and take a left onto Ave. 50B. That will be the second Ave. 50 you come to.. You may notice a blue sign in the median showing a left turn for “CMC Hospital”. Turn left at that sign. Drive past a park and over a large toppe and Santa Carlos will be in the next block on the right between A.R. Salas and Calle 3.
Up and down Ave. 30 you will see a number of take out grilled chicken (pollo asada) places. The food is good and very reasonably priced. While the side dishes vary, it usually comes with corn tortillas, pickled onions or cabbage and at some places (some pretty awful canned) spaghetti. On our last visit, a whole chicken with the sides was less than $6 USD. There are multiple locations on every block of Ave. 30 that offer a similar product but our favorite is the Triunfo Rotiseria at Calle 8 Norte and 30th where you can watch the chickens pop and sizzle as they turn over a wood fire. If you’re planning an afternoon at the beaches on the other side of the island, consider picking up lunch to go there on your way out of town.
El Candela, at the corner of Calle 6 and Ave. 5, does a big local take away business but has tables out back under a palapa and a few more inside that usually fill by about 2:00pm. For a set price of about $55-65 pesos, you get a choice of soup, a choice from 3 entrées, a side of either rice or spaghetti, a choice of steamed vegetables or new potatoes and unlimited refills on jamaica, an herbal tea-like cold beverage made from hibiscus flowers. The selection of entrées changes daily but usually includes at least one chicken dish, the same pork in tomato sauce recipe that we’ve always loved at La Chosa plus one or two others. The restaurant is now also serving a very good reasonably priced breakfast and has recently introduced a new lunch menu, which includes fried banana stuffed with sweet meat and cheese. Yum. Candela is not open for dinner and is closed on Sunday.
There are quite a few Super Hit locations around town. The one we tend to frequent at lunch time is located on the corner of Calle 15 and Ave 30. The daily specials are usually tasty and offer a good value. Their sandwiches and soups including pozolé, also are good choices. This place is a bit rustic but we’ve never had any stomach problems after eating there.
We know of two restaurants in Cozumel that go by the name Chilango’s, the word used to describe someone who is a native of Mexico City. The first is one of the few food stalls you will find gringos eating at in Cozumel. It’s a yellow structure located near the baseball park on the corner of 30th close to the fruit stands and is open only for dinner. Your server will flatten and cook your tortilla shells after you order. There usually is a choice of six to eight mixtures to stuff them with. There will likely be chicken, pork, beef, potato, fish and usually a cactus mixture. Prices for each are less than US$1 and you have to be real hungry to eat three of them. If you want beer, you’ll have to bring your own. Be prepared to try your Spanish or be ready to point at what you want.
The second Chilango’s we know is a Cocina Economica, which literally translates to “Cheap Kitchen.” Cocina Economicas are usually inexpensive restaurants that serve a plate lunch, most often at a communal table in the kitchen or living room of a residence. If you look, you can find quite a few of this style restaurant all over Cozumel.
We’ve eaten in several Cocina Economicas in town and in our opinion; Chilango’s is one of the best we’ve tried in Cozumel. As is typical, you’ll find long dining tables in the entry room of this home on Ave. 10 between Calles 15 & 13. It isn’t hard to find; just look for the surf board sign on top of the house. Don’t worry if you’ve never been to a Concina Economica. Just walk in, find a seat and they will bring you lunch. The food here is real home cooking and the people you find there are very nice. It’s open only for lunch.
Another very good place to try homemade Yucatan cuisine and get the chance to walk through someone’s living room is Sabores Loncheria located in a yellow house on Ave. 5 between Calles 3 & 5. They don’t speak much English here but everyone is very friendly and everything on the menu is good. Ask to sit in the garden and you’ll be walked through the kitchen where the chef will be glad to lift the lids and show you what’s cooking. It’s a changing menu but usually you’ll have a choice of 5 entrées. The meal comes with soup and an iced pitcher of jamaica (hibiscus flower tea) all for a total of less than $5. Desserts are an extra $10-15 pesos.
Another spot the brave might try a food stand is the row of stalls beside the El Mercado or the Town Market located on Ave. 25 and Rosado Salas. You’ll get a meat entree with rice and beans and a beverage (try the papaya water drink) for US$3-4.
You won’t be able to find El Moro by yourself (and once you get there you’ll think you’re in the wrong place) so take a cab. It’s in a residential neighborhood off the main road a few blocks past the “Big Conch” circle on 65th. Everything on the menu is good, especially the seafood and the hand written specials. To be perfectly honest, this place used to be cheaper and the food a little better before it was discovered by tourists but it’s still a good experience.
We had eaten there before but a friend turned my wife onto the vegetable burrito at Otate’s on Ave 15 between Rosado Salas and Calle 3 and she now proclaims it as one of the best vegetarian meals she has ever eaten anywhere. Not a single bean or grain of rice can be found in the burrito. Rather it is filled with sautéed and grilled vegetables and topped with a mild cheese. She likes it so much that we typically will make a 2nd trip there on another night during a week long visit to the Island. My favorite order is the pozolé soup chock full of hominy, pork, chicken, onions, tomato, garlic, cilantro and who knows what else. It’s served with a side plate of raw onions, radishes and cilantro that I like to pile into the soup. It also is a terrific meal.
Cocina Mexicana is located on the central square near the front of the Hotel Lopez. If you walk down the south side of the square, this is one of the places where the waiters stand out front and try to wave you in. Lunch specials usually include a choice of soups and entrées served with rice and a delightful fresh fruit flavored water (liquada) for about US $5.
Plaza Leza is the restaurant right next door to Cocina Mexicana and offers a similar Mexican menu. But to tell you the truth, it bugs us that every time we walk by this place we have to tell these guys three different ways that we don’t want to eat a meal with them at that very moment. As a result, we find we rarely think of going there when we are ready to eat.
Costa Brava Restaurant is located on Calle 7 about a block off the waterfront. It’s nothing fancy but is a good inexpensive choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is a favorite breakfast place for divers with specials running at about $3.
On Ave. 5 just south of Pro Dive, El Foco serves inexpensive light meals, and while you might not think so on first impression, a clean kitchen. Try the El Foco Special Taco.
Sorry to report that after several location changes, Jeanie’s Waffle House has recently closed. We are told Jeanie has returned to the States.
You will find the similarly named Jeanie’s Beach Club located just north of Calle 11 on Ave Melgar. This place is now operated by some of Jeanie’s former partners and in addition to the restaurant, has a small but nice beach area where you can enjoy the sun & water and have access to the food, drink and facilities of the restaurant, all at an in-town location. While bi-lingual menus are available and the staff speaks English, your waiter will give you a menu “book” with pictures of each dish so if you can’t make yourself understood in either Spanish or English, you can just point at the picture of what you want. In addition to doing a pretty good job with the usual breakfast fare, the restaurant offers an extensive lunch menu.
It had to happen eventually so it should come as no surprise that there is now a Starbucks in Cozumel at the Punta Langosta Mall on Ave. Melgar. In addition to a nice coffee shop inside the Mega supermarket where they will serve complimentary cinnamon twirls with your coffee selection, there also a branch of the Mexican chain Italian Coffee Company in the shopping center a the corner of Ave. 30 and Calle 1. We haven’t been to that one but some local friends tell us they like it better than Starbucks.
An evening visit to Michoacan’s ice cream is a local tradition in Cozumel. There is one located on Ave 20 near 1st and another closer to the downtown square. There are lots of others around town including one on the parking lot level of the Mega supermarket. We’ve sampled several varieties including pineapple (more of a sorbet than ice cream), strawberry, chocolate and mamay; a tropical fruit that looks like it has cantaloupe skin but an oblong shape. It isn’t Ben and Jerry’s but it is more than decent and reasonably priced. A small cup is about $1.
Moderaterately Priced Cozumel Restaurants
For authentic home style Mexican cuisine try La Choza, It is still located on Ave. 10 but has moved from the corner of A.R. Salas a few storefronts south. It features interesting soups, condiments, nightly specials and what we think is the best flan in Cozumel. The price of your entree at lunch and dinner includes a choice of soups. If you visit here for lunch, ask about the daily specials. Prices for the unadvertised lunch specials will be significantly cheaper than similar meals on the menu but your waiter won’t mention them unless you ask. The fixed price lunch will also include unlimited refills of jamaica (drink). Lunch and dinner favorites are the pork in tomato sauce and seafood either grilled or Vera Cruz style. Ask your waiter what is the freshest fish that day. Chances are, it was delivered by a fisherman that morning. Our son says La Choza serves the best beef fajitas in Cozumel and my brother says they have the best margaritas in the world. This place is a good choice for breakfast too.
Casa Denis is a small place with outside seating and what many consider the best choice for moderately priced dining in the downtown square area. It features a traditional Mexican menu including empanadas, tacos, soups, sandwiches and full dinners. It is located on the mall, a half block east and a half block south of the central square right across from the entrance to the Cozumel Flea Market. In our opinion, this is a much better choice for lunch or dinner than either Plaza Leza or Cocina Mexicana, the other on-the-square restaurants listed earlier in this document. One word of caution – While the food costs here are reasonable, a large marguarita will run you $60 pesos at Casa Denis.
El Turix is located on the square in front of the Corpus Christi Church on Calle 17 Sur between Ave. 20 & 25. The owners of El Turix, Rafael and Maruca, treat their guests to a home style Yucatan cuisine with preparations and dishes not found in very many other local restaurants. If offered on the evening you go there, this is an excellent place to try conchinita pibil, pork that is slow roasted in banana leaves producing a consistency and flavor that is somewhat similar to North Carolina style bar-b-que. Another featured dish is zodobachoy, a tamalé stuffed with ground pumpkin seeds and wrapped in chaya, a locally grown green similar to grape leaf. The deserts here are also excellent. If available, the coconut pie is not to be missed. The kitchen in this place is spotless, the service friendly and the food is good.
If you eat there frequently, on occasion you may get an excellent meal at El Capi Navegante but it has a tendency to be inconsistent. As you might expect from this place’s name, the menu is primarily seafood. On a good night, the conch ceviche, Caesar salad and Octopus Mexican style are all recommended. On a bad night, you’ll wish you had eaten somewhere else. El Capi is located on Ave 10 near Calle 3.
For a long time now, whenever we’ve wanted seafood in Cozumel, we’ve headed for Pescaderia San Carlos (see our review above.) But after several years of hearing good reports, we have finally made a visit to Pescaderia La Perlita. La Perlita is way back in the neighborhoods just past Ave 65 and as a result, it used to be totally a locales place. While it still enjoys primarily a local clientele, it has now been “discovered” by tourist. It has a large menu with a lot of variety including several preparations of Lion Fish. We had wanted to sample the Lion Fish but at $200 MXN, it seemed kind of pricey so we passed on it.
At our table, we ordered the Piscado Frito (whole fried fish), Filete de Ajo (filet with garlic), Cocktail de camarón (shrimp cocktail) and Filete de Pescade Empanizado, or deep fried breaded filet. Upon ordering, the waiter brought out 2 beautiful red snappers for us to choose from for the whole fried fish. The service was friendly and attentive. The beers were cold and in general, the food was very good. The filet in garlic was excellent as was the shrimp cocktail. The whole fried fish was also very good but to this writers taste, I prefer the same dish at San Carlos. And while the portion was huge, in the spirit of trying to give an honest review, I have to report that the empanizado was disappointing.
One advantage La Perlita does have over San Carlos is the hours. San Carlos is only open for lunch while La Perlita is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. La Perlita is located on Calle 10 between Ave 65 Bis and Ave 70. Because of 1-way streets, it’s best to turn on to Calle 10 off of Ave 70. Telephone 987 869 8343 or you can reach them thru their facebook page.
Las Palmeras Restaurant is on the central square across from the ferry pier and because everyone knows it, a good place to meet at as in “I’ll meet you at 8 at Las Palmeras.” Insist on a street side table. The mariachi band is not the best in the world but is sincere. The food is decent and considering the location, really not badly overpriced (at least not on the menu.) However, be sure to check your written bill carefully as the waiters sometimes attempt to tell you how much you owe without providing a written check and/or overcharge on the bill they provide you and try to pocket the difference. This is another good place to try the Cochinta Pibil. Unless you’re really hungry, a single order of the fresh fruit is enough for two at breakfast.
Those trying to find the old Pasta Prima Italian restaurant at the original location near the corner of Rosada Salas and Ave. 5 will want to find their way to the top floor of the El Cantil Norte Condominiums on Ave Melgar across from the City Government Palace. You’ll need to take the elevator to the top floor where in addition to enjoying some great views, you will enter Prima Trattoria restaurant. Prima can get a bit expensive if you order one of the nightly specials like imported Angus Beef or Lobster, but for homemade pasta, one of the better pizzas in town, salads and other Italian specials we’ve always found the prices to be a good value. In addition, we have enjoyed very well prepared and extremely reasonably priced breakfast out on the terrace at Prima. Ask your waiter about the “diver’s special” breakfast menu.
You’ll find a good version of Texas style fajitas at Ernesto’s Fajita Factory. While the downtown location on Ave. R. Melgar is now closed, there is still one in the south hotel district near the Casa Del Mar. The portions are large but not cheap by local standards. On the other hand, daily breakfast specials here are a good deal.
La Veranda (formerly D’Pub) is located 2 blocks from the Main Plaza on Calle 4 Norte between 5 and 10. As the name implies, the outside tables sit on a porch overlooking a nice small garden, which makes a pleasant setting for a cold drink. The food includes influences from all over the Caribbean. La Veranda is owned by Ernesto of local fajita fame.
The Mission is another good Mexican restaurant that has unadvertised inexpensive lunch specials that you won’t know about unless you specifically ask about them. For dinner, the shrimp entrees are good as are the traditional Mexican dishes including flan and the flaming coffees. If you’ve been on the Island before and couldn’t find The mission where it was the last time you were here, try looking on Adolfo Rosado Salas between calle 5 and Ave R. Melgar or about a block off the waterfront. It’s open 7 days a week from 11am to 11pm.
The Parrilla Mission on Ave Coldwell (aka 30th) between Calles 2 & 4 is another restaurant from the same owners and features a full range of Mexican favorites including tacos. It’s open for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
The prices at Casa Mission fall somewhere between moderate and expensive category but we list it here with the other Mission location to avoid confusion. Beto Miranda, the owner and a long time Cozumel restaurateur has opened this place at his beautiful mission style home just off of Ave. B. Juarez & Ave. 55. Tables wrap around the veranda of the hacienda and spill out onto the lawn. The downstairs of the home is open for dinner guests to have a look around. Towards the back of the property Beto keeps his pet monkey and two African lions in cages. Some may find the housing conditions of the animals offensive but others see the same thing and find it an amazing sight. The menu includes all the standard Mexican favorites and the service is usually very good. You’re paying a little extra for the atmosphere but for a special occasion, it is probably worth it. Casa Mission is open Monday to Sunday from 4pm to 11:45pm.
Sonora Grill features steaks and seafood. While flavorful, the steaks are “Mexican Style” and a bit chewy for American taste. The soupa de lima, beef kabob, beefsteak tacos and lobster (at about $13 the last time we ate there) are all good. Located between Ave 10 & 15 on Ave. B. Juarez.
Del Museo is located on top of the Cozumel Museum on Ave. Rafael Melgar and provides a very nice view of the downtown beach area. To date, the only meals we’ve eaten there are breakfast but we’ve heard it is a decent choice for lunch or dinner as well. If you do have a meal there, plan on spending some time taking a look at some of the cultural and artistic exhibits in the Museum.
Rock’n Java serves a very good breakfast and lunch including a broad list of vegetarian meals and homemade deserts. With airlines now reducing food service, we frequently will order by phone and pick up a club sandwich or chef’s salad to go on our way to airport. It’s located on the waterfront near the main Dive Paradise office — just north of the Barracuda Hotel.
The traditional Louisiana cuisine at The French Quarter offers another nice change of pace from Mexican food. It’s located on Ave. 5 about a block south of the central square. The bar area here is usually a good spot to watch games from back home. Telephone at 87 26321.
One by one, a variety of Asian restaurants have been added to the Cozumel dining scene in recent years. Other than Mexico, our favorite travel destination in the world is Southeast Asia and our taste tends to run more towards the authentic than the Westernized version of Asia cuisines. With that said, if you’re getting tired of Mexican food, any of these would provide a serviceable alternative but in all honesty, don’t go in thinking you’re going to get the best Asian meal of your life.
The oldest Oriental alternative in Cozumel is Sam’s Wok located in the palapa mall across the road from Puerto Maya (cruise ship pier) south of the town. Our understanding is that the location was picked to cater more to cruise ship crews than to tourists.
With its 2nd floor location on the corner of Ave. Melgar and Calle 3 (where you will find the stairway leading there) Chi Chinese Restaurant and Bar provides a nice view of the waterfront. If you’re in the mood, the Sunday lunch buffet is a good deal.
While they offer a larger variety of cooked items than most sushi bars, Midori is generally considered the best choice for sushi on the Island. It is upstairs on Rosado Salas between Ave. 15 and 20.
The first (and only) Thai style restaurant we’re aware of in Cozumel is RJ Thai Noodle House located on Ave. 11 less than a block from Ave Melgar. It shares ownership with one of our favorites, Rock “N Java and like Rock ‘N Java, they offer a free wifi zone. It’s a good place to take the vegetarian in your life that is tired of watching you eat tacos. They’re open 4-11pm. Call 869-2794 for delivery.
Expensive Cozumel Restaurants
While Kinta Mexican Bistro is one of the newer additions to the local restaurant scene, it has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the best places in town for modern Mexican cuisine. Once you make it through the rather modest entrance on Ave. 5 between Calle 2 and 4 (just a block north of the main central square) you find yourself in a small but lovely air-conditioned dining room but we usually try to sit out back in the garden. The menu tends to change but favorites include a vegetarian chile relleno, black been soup, pork tenderloin and filet mignon. And we absolutely loved the bread pudding. Kinta has a decent wine list and makes a very nice sangria. They’re open Tuesday-Sunday 6-11 PM. You may want to call 869-0544 for reservations.
When La Cocay first opened on the Corpus Christi square, it was about block from our house. It was such a treat to have what we thought was the best international style restaurant in town so close and we were happy to be regulars there. Since the restaurant moved to their current location at Calle 8 between Ave 10 & 15 we aren’t as frequent in our visits but the food is still terrific. The concept is to apply a Mediterranean influence to local ingredients and present them in a genteel atmosphere. And it still works. Most nights you won’t need it but you may want to call 872-5533 to reserve a table.
Guido’s Pizza, formally known as Pizza Rolandi, is located on Ave. Rafael Melgar on the north end of town and while it is not cheap, it is very good. Along with the pizza, they offer a very nice salad, “puff” garlic bread, various Northern Italian specials and homemade sangria. Garden diners find themselves under a canopy of bougainvillea and philodendra vines and are treated to an eclectic mix of recorded music. This is a great choice for a late leisurely lunch.
To add to the confusion, there is now a branch of Pizza Rolandi down near Calle 11 on Ave Melgar. We’ve haven’t been there yet but have eaten at the one in Isla Mujures and found it decent but not as good as Guido’s.
Pancho’s Backyard is a part of the Cinco Soles retail store on the north end of Ave. Rafael Melgar. It is the site of one of the oldest tourist hotels in Cozumel that catered to wealthy Mexican Nationals from the mainland before Cozumel was discovered by gringos. The area that is now the restaurant was formally the hotel lobby and it is a lovely setting. The food is very good and offers some interesting modern twists on standard Mexican dishes but at a higher price than most other Mexican restaurants in town.
At Pepe’s Grill the local seafood and steaks are recommended. This is the nicest salad bar in town and can be eaten without worry of picking up a stomach problem. Try to sit upstairs by a window. Sometimes this place is a little pretentious but the food is good. A reservation during the busy seasons and holidays is not a bad idea. It is located on the waterfront on the corner of Ave. Rafael Melgar and Rosado Salas. Telephone 87 20213.
You can pick out your own lobster and pay for it by weight at The Lobster House. If you don’t eat lobster, don’t bother visiting this place because that’s just about all there is on the menu. It is located several miles north of the center of town across the street from Hotel Playa Azul.
What used to be known as The Coffee Bean has re-emerged as El Coffee. We used to love not only the coffee creations but also the excellent selection of very well prepared home made deserts but we haven’t been there since the name change. It is located on Calle 3 near the Pizza Hut a few blocks south of the central square.
Where else but in Cozumel would American fast food be considered “expensive”. If you have to…you can find Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Subway, and Domino’s on Ave. Rafael Melgar. Most of the ingredients are imported from the States, which does help insure a reasonable facsimile of the food but also contributes to prices that are quite a bit higher than what you find back home. One additional note from a recent visit – The Dairy Queen that was next to Morgan’s on the square has gone to that big blizzard in the sky.
The Punta Langosta shopping center at the cruise ship pier near downtown is home to a large number of chain restaurants. We’ve never eaten in any of the Punta Langosta locations of these restaurants but we’ve heard that typically, prices will be higher than you would find in a U.S. location of the same chain. Eateries at Punta Langosta include: Starbucks, Subway, Burger King and Baskin Robbins. There is a 2nd Burger King at Ave 30 & Calle 1.