Over sized sombreros.
And delicious tacos.
Would I be right to assume that some, if not all of the above come to mind when we think about Mexico? I’m going to focus on that last list item today, because I’m a huge advocate for experiencing a new place properly by getting involved in street food culture when travelling, and gallivanting around a little Mexican island on a golf buggy was an excellent way to track down some good tacos! So here are three of the best taco stands worth hitting up on Isla Mujeres!
1. Poc Chuc
Av. Juarez con Abasolo
This place was great because they gave you the option to eat in if you didn’t want to grab your tacos and run. We visited twice during our recent visit a few months ago in January, and the photos above were our favourites – the chicken empanadas up top, and the chorizo tacos below. It makes me a little sick to think that we’re paying something like AUD$5.00 or $6.00 PER TACO in Melbourne, when the chorizo tacos here only cost the equivalent of AUD$1.25 each. Yup. And they were much, much better than the expensive hipster ones…
2. El Burrito Feliz Tacos y Tortas
Calle Abasolo #5 Col. Centro
These were probably close to my favourite tacos – this little lady was firing them out like a one woman restaurant. She was really something to see! She also spoke not a single word of English, so luckily my Spanish was good enough to order “dos tacos carnita por favor,” and they were incredible. We found her tucked away on a street not far from Playa Norte Beach, but if you don’t stumble upon her, just ask your friendly hotel staff if they know where to locate her!
3. Las Comadras
Av. Miguel Hidalgo
Another amazing spot, with the added bonus of having the taco stand set up in a shop front, with a few stools and tables scattered around if you’re lucky enough to snag one! Chicken and chorizo tacos, for which we paid about AUD$1.00 each, and were absolute perfection – the tortillas were grilled up to order, filled with your chosen protein, and handed over for you to top with lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream, chilli and herbs. They also have a brother restaurant, Compadres, next door, should you want a slightly more upmarket dining experience; but with tacos this good at that price though, I couldn’t imagine why you’d want to!