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Hi All,

My first time to Cozumel but we spent three weeks all over the Yucatán Peninsula and would love to have some of those distinctive dishes. I have in mind cochinita pibil, marquesitas, queso fundido, pavo relleno negro but am open to other suggestions. There is a great thread but it's pre-pandemic, can anyone confirm places that are open now? Staying on the south side of downtown, but willing to travel. Atmosphere not important. Thanks!
 

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Tio memo is a solid spot. It’s back of of 25th st. Also, at like 20th and 25th there is a yellow open air building that makes amazing lunch
 
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Tio memo is a solid spot. It’s back of of 25th st. Also, at like 20th and 25th there is a yellow open air building that makes amazing lunch
Thanks, do these places have Cochinita Pibil, or something else you recommend?
 

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I stay in a small Mayan village in the yucatan now. I used to stay in cozumel. On Saturdays people usually sell lechon and on Sunday cochinita. I know there is a lechoneria there now I have read. My recommendation is ask a local. If you go back past 65th Ave you will see restaurant and houses with signs for selling food. You can get salbutess, panuchos and sopes at the small local spots away from the water. When you drive by restaurants alot have signs outfront advertising comida d dia..that's how you can find relleno negro ,escabeche, and maybe albondigas.(my favorite) Now I'm hawngry.
 

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I can't be certain Hamburguesas El Tío Memo doesn't have any Yucatecan specialties, but I don't recall any and my menu photos (which may well be incomplete) don't include any.

Facebook is one of your best bets - you can find people selling all sorts of things for delivery, including Lechón al Horno on Saturdays, Cochinita Pibil on Sundays,and Frijol con Puerco on Mondays. A good place to start would be the group Comidas y Postres de Cozumel.

Listed in order of my personal preference:
  • Cochinita Pibil: Restaurant Tamarindos on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, La Choza on Sundays, El Súper Hit, Ix-Kool
  • Frijol con Puerco (on Monday, as is traditional): El Moro, La Choza, El Súper Hit, Ix-Kool
  • Huevos Motuleños: Everyplace
  • Kibis (Lebanese food is very traditional in the Yucatán): Tacos Arabes
  • Lechón al Horno: Restaurant Tamarindos on Wednesday and Saturday, El Súper Hit
  • Marquesitas: At the Parque Benito Juárez (the Zócalo) at night, across Av. Xel-Ha from the downtown Chedraui at night
  • Panuchos: El Resbalón, Taqueria Molina at the Mercado Municipal
  • Papadzules: Casa Denis
  • Poc-Chuk: Las Palmas, Asadero El Billy, Casa Denis, El Súper Hit
  • Queso Relleno: El Súper Hit
  • Relleno Negro: Restaurant Tamarindos, Taqueria Molina at the Mercado Municipal every day,
  • Salbutes: El Resbalón, Restaurant Tamarindos, Taqueria Molina at the Mercado Municipal
  • Sopa de Lima: Restaurant Tamarindos, Casa Denis, La Choza on Saturdays
  • Tacos Arabes (Lebanese food is very traditional in the Yucatán): Arabian Tacos, Los Nopales
  • Tikin'Chik: La Candela
  • Tuchitos: El Chino Marentes
  • Xikil-Pak: Ix-Kool
Queso fundido is great, but not really Yucatecan (it typically uses queso Oaxaca or queso Menonita). I like the queso fundido (especially quesongo or con rajas) at El Pique.

I would invite anyone to add to this list, keeping any additions to Yucatecan specialties (for example, who has good Lomitos de Vallodolid?) and only dishes you've personally had at a given restaurant.
 
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I can't be certain Hamburguesas El Tío Memo doesn't have any Yucatecan specialties, but I don't recall any and my menu photos (which may well be incomplete) don't include any.

Facebook is one of your best bets - you can find people selling all sorts of things for delivery, including Lechón al Horno on Saturdays, Cochinita Pibil on Sundays,and Frijol con Puerco on Mondays. A good place to start would be the group Comidas y Postres de Cozumel.

Listed in order of my personal preference:
  • Cochinita Pibil: Restaurant Tamarindos on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, La Choza on Sundays, El Súper Hit, Ix-Kool
  • Frijol con Puerco (on Monday, as is traditional): El Moro, La Choza, El Súper Hit, Ix-Kool
  • Huevos Motuleños: Everyplace
  • Kibis (Lebanese food is very traditional in the Yucatán): Tacos Arabes
  • Lechón al Horno: Restaurant Tamarindos on Wednesday and Saturday, El Súper Hit
  • Marguesitas: At the Parque Benito Juárez (the Zócalo) at night, across Av. Xel-Ha from the downtown Chedraui at night
  • Panuchos: El Resbalón, Taqueria Molina at the Mercado Municipal
  • Papadzules: Casa Denis
  • Poc-Chuk: Las Palmas, Asadero El Billy, Casa Denis, El Súper Hit
  • Queso Relleno: El Súper Hit
  • Relleno Negro: Restaurant Tamarindos, Taqueria Molina at the Mercado Municipal every day,
  • Salbutes: El Resbalón, Taqueria Molina at the Mercado Municipal
  • Sopa de Lima: Restaurant Tamarindos, Casa Denis, La Choza on Saturdays
  • Tacos Arabes (Lebanese food is very traditional in the Yucatán): Arabian Tacos, Los Nopales
  • Tikin'Chik: La Candela
  • Tuchitos: El Chino Marentes
  • Xikil-Pak: Ix-Kool
Queso fundido is great, but not really Yucatecan (it typically uses queso Oaxaca or queso Menonita). I like the queso fundido (especially quesongo or con rajas) at El Pique.

I would invite anyone to add to this list, keeping any additions to Yucatecan specialties (for example, who has good Lomitos de Vallodolid?) and only dishes you've personally had at a given restaurant.
OH. MY. GOD. You are a treasure. I did check out the menu at Casa Denis and was very happy to see that they have a number of my favorites. You can just tell when a restaurant focuses on the true specialties. But you have listed so many foods and so many that I've never even tried.

One note, I was told in Merida that while queso fundido itself is known all over Mexico, their version made with "queso de bola" (known to us as Edam cheese) is unique. E.g. Receta de Queso Relleno de Yucatán

I am so excited about having marquesitas, I actually paid US$100 to get one of the pans mailed to me, but it's a big pain and I am not very good at making them compared to the folks on the carts. Can't wait to get one with queso de bola.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
 

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I haven't been to Coz in a while, but I do love the region's food, and @mstevens ' list is brilliant. I just used the ScubaBoard "bookmark" feature for the first time.
 

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I was told in Merida that while queso fundido itself is known all over Mexico, their version made with "queso de bola" (known to us as Edam cheese) is unique. E.g. Receta de Queso Relleno de Yucatán

As much as I love edam, I prefer queso Menonita for queso fundido. Made with queso de bola, it'd definitely be very Yucatecan.

There are several places where you can get crepas with queso de bola, including savory (by itself, with ham, etc.) or sweet (with blackberry jam, for example).

If you really want to go for it, you can get a frappe (milkshake) de queso de bola at Ki’ Ch'Ujuk Crepas (along with the above-described crepes).
 
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