2011/12/18 02:01:52
frenchie

naty's chicken

their chicken seems great !
but is it take-away food or restaurant ?
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Whale
Either. They have some tables but we usually take it back to the condo.
2011/12/18 02:15:29
jlooneyb
We brought it to the beach and spread out towels and had a fantastic picnic lunch. (Just add bev;s!)
2011/12/18 08:39:39
SolMan
Excellent carry-out.  Just be advised, you'll get hooked.
2011/12/18 17:54:35
rucruizin
In the pueblo, I know, but where after I start up the street? I want to try it this time.
2011/12/18 18:22:11
Whale
Go to the top of the hill, then turn right, go to the next block, turn left and go down the hill till you see it on the right side. White with blue trim that says Loncheria Naty Akumal on the front. 

2011/12/18 19:15:00
BlueBeachLady
In October, they were not giving tortillas as part of the chicken deal. Anyone else experience that? So, you might was to go to the tortilla place. On main road, right hand side, one block further than where you turn for Naty's.
2011/12/18 20:14:44
juan rojo
The little white place next door to Naty's in the photo is also a small three meals a day family run , restaurant El taco Maya . Very economical as well as Naty's . Naty's also has beautiful ribs cooked on that same charcoal if that appeals to you . We got the whole take out package including tortillas , maybe they were just out of stock BlueBeachLady . Turn left at the white building to get back to Main street .
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2011/12/18 21:28:16
rucruizin
Thanks for the directions... I did a mental/ visual of the directions, so now I will know where to go. I'm going to explor the pueblo this trip, I think.

So in September? Maybe last March... We were walking around Tulum Pueblo, looking for a place to eat. KRBNBob kept going on and on about some chicken place he wanted to try. So I ask him, "what's the name?" He tells me he doesn't remember, "but it's a chicken place." Well, that is not helpful, so we end up with pizza. So recenlty, I am reading on the boards about this place everyone recommends, and I say, "hey, everyone is saying we have to go to Broncos chicken." He gets all irritated and says, "that's the place I tried to get you to go to, but you didn't want to go." I said, "um babe, NO, you couldn't remember the name of the place, so how could we go there?" K-Bob.... "oh."

Now we have two chicken places to try next week!

It doesn't sound like they are breaded, but can anyone confirm that? Not even dusted with flour... I'd hate to get it, and find out I couldn't eat it.
2011/12/20 10:18:52
Whale
They are not breaded but the achiote powder they put on them may have flour in it. I'll bet if you contacted them the day before or early in the morning and asked them they would cook you a special one any way you want. Shouldn't be a big deal. Might help to take a translator with you if you don't speak Spanish or get someone at your lodging to write you a note in Spanish telling them you want one that contains no wheat or flour.

I think Broncos chicken is in Tulum pueblo, not Akumal.
2011/12/20 10:52:25
rucruizin
We have achiote paste here, and even the ones we have found down there have corn flour. I have a card that explains about my wheat allergy, but I am pretty good at thoe spanish words.

Yeah, I know it's in Tulum, you must read, the way I read... skim over it and half pick up the words that stick out [;)] I can't tell you how many times I read a post a second time, and got something totally different from it, haha.

ORIGINAL: Whale

They are not breaded but the achiote powder they put on them may have flour in it. I'll bet if you contacted them the day before or early in the morning and asked them they would cook you a special one any way you want. Shouldn't be a big deal. Might help to take a translator with you if you don't speak Spanish or get someone at your lodging to write you a note in Spanish telling them you want one that contains no wheat or flour.

I think Broncos chicken is in Tulum pueblo, not Akumal.


2011/12/20 11:52:58
panesh
According to The Painted Fish cookbook real Mayan achiote doesn't have any flour in it. It is a combination of ground annatto seeds and other spices. It is diluted with citrus juice and used as a marinade.
The other three recipes for achiote rubs, Recado Rojo, Recado Negro and Ricado Para Escabeche have no flour in them.They do contain different combos of garlic, clove, oregano, salt & pepper and cinnamon along with small amounts of oil.
I guess it depends on whether you can find any authentic achiote and I'd bet you can.[:)]

Flour doesn't grill very well. Think about it.
2011/12/20 14:56:54
panesh

ORIGINAL: rucruizin

Thanks for the directions... I did a mental/ visual of the directions, so now I will know where to go. I'm going to explor the pueblo this trip, I think.

So in September? Maybe last March... We were walking around Tulum Pueblo, looking for a place to eat. KRBNBob kept going on and on about some chicken place he wanted to try. So I ask him, "what's the name?" He tells me he doesn't remember, "but it's a chicken place." Well, that is not helpful, so we end up with pizza. So recenlty, I am reading on the boards about this place everyone recommends, and I say, "hey, everyone is saying we have to go to Broncos chicken." He gets all irritated and says, "that's the place I tried to get you to go to, but you didn't want to go." I said, "um babe, NO, you couldn't remember the name of the place, so how could we go there?" K-Bob.... "oh."

Now we have two chicken places to try next week!

It doesn't sound like they are breaded, but can anyone confirm that? Not even dusted with flour... I'd hate to get it, and find out I couldn't eat it.

I know this was a Naty's thread but here's the other place you are looking for

2011/12/20 17:41:22
Pistols02

ORIGINAL: rucruizin

Thanks for the directions... I did a mental/ visual of the directions, so now I will know where to go. I'm going to explor the pueblo this trip, I think.

So in September? Maybe last March... We were walking around Tulum Pueblo, looking for a place to eat. KRBNBob kept going on and on about some chicken place he wanted to try. So I ask him, "what's the name?" He tells me he doesn't remember, "but it's a chicken place." Well, that is not helpful, so we end up with pizza. So recenlty, I am reading on the boards about this place everyone recommends, and I say, "hey, everyone is saying we have to go to Broncos chicken." He gets all irritated and says, "that's the place I tried to get you to go to, but you didn't want to go." I said, "um babe, NO, you couldn't remember the name of the place, so how could we go there?" K-Bob.... "oh."

Now we have two chicken places to try next week!

It doesn't sound like they are breaded, but can anyone confirm that? Not even dusted with flour... I'd hate to get it, and find out I couldn't eat it.

No breading....have tried several places, never seen breaded...that is if they are places locals eat. Some of the michoacan style place's marinate is sweeter... we were told it was pineapple juice.
2011/12/20 18:14:00
BlueBeachLady
maybe they were just out of stock BlueBeachLady .


Ya, maybe! Cause we also got some strange rice-a-roni type pasta along with the rice and the ever popular watery black bean substance with the slaw. Never had that combo before!
2011/12/20 19:05:48
el gran chico
ORIGINAL: BlueBeachLady

In October, they were not giving tortillas as part of the chicken deal. Anyone else experience that? So, you might was to go to the tortilla place. On main road, right hand side, one block further than where you turn for Naty's.


Easy to find the tortilla place - head west (further from the 307) to the next street, turn left (heading to the main road).  At the corner of the main road, turn left agaiin, 2nd place on your left.  I  think it had a sign Tortilleria when I was there last but on Google Maps, I see no sign (just an election banner - maybe it was covering it up [&:]).  I remember paying 7 pesos for 500 grams back in January.
2011/12/20 22:22:15
el gran chico
Just finished my 1st Naty's lunch of this trip. [8D]

A few things of interest:

- price was 100 pesos (I think the same as last year ??) and included tortillas
- the outside of the restaurant has been painted - no longer blue but a reddy-brown color
- the road that it's on has been totally re-done.  It is smooth and paved now.  (used to fear bottoming out the car on that road before)
- the tortilla place mentioned says "Rocio and Jenifer" above it.   The 1/2 kilo is now 8 pesos.
- the chicken was as good as ever!!!    [:D][:)][;)]
2012/02/23 14:24:35
playaguya
Nice picture of Pollo Bronco, but in case there's still any confusion, yes indeed, it is in downtown Tulum...and yes indeed, they have the best chicken down there[:)]
2012/02/23 15:07:00
canyoncaver




OK, I'll "bite."

Why is the takeout cheaper than the dine-in?
2012/02/23 15:38:55
Jamie
What is repollo?
2012/02/23 15:44:12
PamF
ORIGINAL: Jamie

What is repollo?
Some sort of cabbage (I googled it)?
2012/02/23 15:49:56
cpatrick
Awesome. Glad I found this thread because I am looking forward to trying Naty's on this trip. Thanks.
2012/02/23 19:56:52
rucruizin
It was good, I got it to go, and we had it the next night. It's a long walk, so we have to make the most of our time there [:D]
ORIGINAL: cpatrick

Awesome. Glad I found this thread because I am looking forward to trying Naty's on this trip. Thanks.


2012/02/23 20:33:38
Gem
Hey Cathie, maybe we can visit the pueblo together while we're there? We always go at least once...let me know, chica!
2012/02/23 20:43:34
Darren
I often wonder why I chose AI after reading about all the places to eat from you guys?! [&:]

No worries, we're looking forward to trying them all at the end of May!
2012/02/23 20:56:36
shape shifter 47
ORIGINAL: Darren

I often wonder why I chose AI after reading about all the places to eat from you guys?! [&:]

No worries, we're looking forward to trying them all at the end of May!

 
We stayed at AI's until we found HAC and all the places to eat in Akumal.....wouldn't change a thing now and you would be surprised just how much money you don't spead not staying at an AI......
2012/02/23 21:02:15
Darren

ORIGINAL: shape shifter 47

We stayed at AI's until we found HAC and all the places to eat in Akumal.....wouldn't change a thing now and you would be surprised just how much money you don't spead not staying at an AI......


You've got me curious. Where is HAC? I'll check it out when we get down there.
2012/02/23 21:07:12
shape shifter 47
ORIGINAL: Darren


ORIGINAL: shape shifter 47

We stayed at AI's until we found HAC and all the places to eat in Akumal.....wouldn't change a thing now and you would be surprised just how much money you don't spead not staying at an AI......


You've got me curious. Where is HAC? I'll check it out when we get down there.

 
HAC....Hotel Akumal Caribe...and the bungalows.....
 
2012/02/23 21:59:09
fireball
Pollo Bronco also has the most delicious garlic mashed potatoes that we have discovered this trip.
2012/02/24 07:41:19
Tracie
We do AI and get a great deal BUT we always go out a few times and try the local places! Seems like I pay the same for AI's as I would for a condo so why not. I am a people watcher!
2012/02/24 08:39:40
hoodoo99
Naty's sounds really good.

Is there a map of the Akumal Pueblo with all of the restaurants and other businesses?
2012/02/24 13:31:25
DougSR
This will sound sacriligious, but we have a chain of places here in Texas that is as good as any I've had in Mexico, and I've tried a few. El Pollo Regio tastes as good as Pollo Bronco, Pollo Brujo, and I'll let you know how it compares to Naty's when get back in May.
 
The cleanser they use even smells like ABR. Every few weeks I have to go and get my fix. Even if it's for a typical lunch, I still feel a little closer to Mexico.
2012/02/24 13:39:38
travelon
We spend more money when we don't stay at an AI.....go figure? We usually go to Naty's and bring the chicken back to the snack bar at ABR. Guess we should try the ribs too!
2012/02/24 13:55:03
algooo
hi everyone,
Staying in Akumal for the first time in mid-March--though we visited a couple times last year via colectivo. We'd like to check out the Pueblo and Naty's while we're there. I have that great map that Badger(?) posted.

We don't speak much spanish, but if it's written, we can typically make out the more common words/phrases. Does Naty's have a menu board similar to the photo of Pollo Bronco's that was posted? Stupid question that probably doesn't matter: do you typically make tacos or eat as a meal--chicken with sides?

chicken's typically only available before two, correct? We're thinking about riding bikes over to the Pueblo for lunch, then picking up take-out chicken for the following day. Any recommendations for lunch; Taco Maya, El Ultimo Maya. . .? Any other places/food I should check out while were over there?

Thanks,
Al


2013/02/20 19:31:45
Badger

ORIGINAL: hoodoo99

Naty's sounds really good.

Is there a map of the Akumal Pueblo with all of the restaurants and other businesses?


Here ya go.[:)]

http://forums.locogringo.com/forums/tm.asp?m=1472105&mpage=1&key=map%2Cakumal%2Cpueblo�
2013/02/21 05:18:53
arkansasgurl
It is so ironic you mentione Regio, that is our FAVORITE. In fact, it actually got better recently. There chicken has always been good but even their sides have gotten better. We just don't like their tortillas, they fall apart when you touch them. But the chicken is to die for.


ORIGINAL: DungSR

This will sound sacriligious, but we have a chain of places here in Texas that is as good as any I've had in Mexico, and I've tried a few. El Pollo Regio tastes as good as Pollo Bronco, Pollo Brujo, and I'll let you know how it compares to Naty's when get back in May.

The cleanser they use even smells like ABR. Every few weeks I have to go and get my fix. Even if it's for a typical lunch, I still feel a little closer to Mexico.

2013/02/25 10:07:00
longing4sun

ORIGINAL: DungSR

This will sound sacriligious, but we have a chain of places here in Texas that is as good as any I've had in Mexico, and I've tried a few. El Pollo Regio tastes as good as Pollo Bronco, Pollo Brujo, and I'll let you know how it compares to Naty's when get back in May.

The cleanser they use even smells like ABR. Every few weeks I have to go and get my fix. Even if it's for a typical lunch, I still feel a little closer to Mexico.

This is totally off-topic, but your post made me laugh because every now and then I'll walk by something that smells like the cleanser they use in Mexico. I'll stop, take a deep breath, and say "mmm, smells like Mexico", and whoever I'm with will look at me like I'm nuts. Cleanser reminds you of Mexico?? Yes. Yes it does. And also whatever laundry detergent they use [;)][8D][:D]
2013/02/25 10:28:44
algooo
Anyone have any thoughts??

ORIGINAL: algooo

hi everyone,
Staying in Akumal for the first time in mid-March--though we visited a couple times last year via colectivo. We'd like to check out the Pueblo and Naty's while we're there. I have that great map that Badger(?) posted.

We don't speak much spanish, but if it's written, we can typically make out the more common words/phrases. Does Naty's have a menu board similar to the photo of Pollo Bronco's that was posted? Stupid question that probably doesn't matter: do you typically make tacos or eat as a meal--chicken with sides?

chicken's typically only available before two, correct? We're thinking about riding bikes over to the Pueblo for lunch, then picking up take-out chicken for the following day. Any recommendations for lunch; Taco Maya, El Ultimo Maya. . .? Any other places/food I should check out while were over there?

Thanks,
Al




2013/02/26 08:49:53
jabostick
We were there recently. I can typically make out some spanish menus as well but found the Naty's one a bit above my comprehension.

The guy saw us looking a bit confused and said "The chicken?" and we said "The chicken!" and that was it.

For three of us, we shared a chicken and each had our own rice, beans, and coleslaw. There was also a stack of tortillas to share (as well as a pretty damn spicy salsa). I made a few tacos, but the chicken was so good I mostly ate that on its own and combined the rest.

I meant to take a pic of the menu and forgot.

2013/02/26 09:58:20
algooo
Thanks Jabostick,

So replying "the chicken" got you a whole chicken, and sides for everyone.

Sounds like each side will understand enough of the other's language to work it out. I'll be sure to brush up on words/phrases. Earlier in this thread, someone posted the menu from "Pollo Bronco," a restaurant in Tulum that I believe has similar chicken to Naty's. I'm guessing that it includes more English than what you saw at Naty's

ORIGINAL: rucruizin






2013/02/26 11:19:23
panesh
This is the best way to start to learn Spansih. Learn what different foods are called. Even Pollo Bronco is in Spanish. It is not what you would call a tourist destination. pollo entero poyo intero whole chicken
cebolla asada siboyo ass odda grilled onions
papa con queso papa cone kayso potatoes with cheese
and of course you can't live without Donde esta el bano donday estah el banyo where is the bathroom [:D]
If you are using a smart phone down there get a translator app. I'd love to use mine but Sprint doesn't have an agreement with anyone and it cost me over $200 one year to use my own phone down there. Take a little dictionary, you'd be surprised how quickly you can pick up some very useful phrases. You can't really travel outside of the zona de tourista without a little Spanglish. The best of Mexico is out there.
In fact, where I live, Spanish is almost a requirement .
2013/02/26 11:57:14
algooo
All good tips Panesh, and thank's for the quick lesson.
I've been to Mexico several times now, and "donde esta el bano" was probably the first spanish that I learned, and, more importantly, retained. I've spent at least a week in Mexico for the past few years, and, unfortunately, I don't retain much of what I've learned by the time I return a year later.
We always try to go off the beaten path, and typically make out ok--sometimes more successful than others but that's part of the adventure.
I don't have a smart phone, so a dictionary is the way to go for me.
Just about two weeks to go[8D]
2013/02/26 12:49:32
sfspanky
Uno pollo entero para llevar, por favor.

Use Google Translate to help you practice.

A great app to have is Jibbigo. You don't need to be connected to the internet, which is a huge plus. You can type or speak into the app and it will translate. Works in both directions quite well as long as there is not too much ambient noise.

2013/02/26 14:47:35
algooo
Thanks sfspanky,
When ordering chicken, there's no need to order sides--they're included?
Chicken's typically available before 2:00p, correct? Is that daily?

Never occurred to me to use Google Translate. I'll check out Jibbigo, as I will have my Galaxy MP3 player with me.

ORIGINAL: sfspanky

Uno pollo entero para llevar, por favor.

Use Google Translate to help you practice.

A great app to have is Jibbigo. You don't need to be connected to the internet, which is a huge plus. You can type or speak into the app and it will translate. Works in both directions quite well as long as there is not too much ambient noise.



2013/02/27 05:40:53
gerber

ORIGINAL: algooo

Thanks sfspanky,
When ordering chicken, there's no need to order sides--they're included?
Chicken's typically available before 2:00p, correct? Is that daily?

Never occurred to me to use Google Translate. I'll check out Jibbigo, as I will have my Galaxy MP3 player with me.




Found my trip report with pics of Naty's from Nov, 2011 and the menu I saw. Scroll down to the 24th:
http://forums.locogringo.com/forums/tm.asp?m=1420743

Or scroll down to the 21'st here. This one is May, 2012. Looks like an expanded menu although we still had just the chicken (with sides). We also brought our own beer this time which they didn't mind at all:
http://forums.locogringo.com/forums/tm.asp?m=1475322
2013/02/28 14:33:56
el gran chico

ORIGINAL: algooo

Thanks sfspanky,
When ordering chicken, there's no need to order sides--they're included?
Chicken's typically available before 2:00p, correct? Is that daily?

Never occurred to me to use Google Translate. I'll check out Jibbigo, as I will have my Galaxy MP3 player with me.

ORIGINAL: sfspanky

Uno pollo entero para llevar, por favor.

Use Google Translate to help you practice.

A great app to have is Jibbigo. You don't need to be connected to the internet, which is a huge plus. You can type or speak into the app and it will translate. Works in both directions quite well as long as there is not too much ambient noise.






Algoo, don't worry too much about this - it will work out! [:D]

Most of the time I go and just say "Hola" and the person at the counter will say "Hola, un pollo?". I say "Si, por favor". A few minutes later I get a bag with chicken, coleslaw, frijoles salsa, rice (all in separate containers), give them 100 pesos and we exchange "Hasta luego" and go home and eat it all. [8D]

I usually go sometime between 11:30am and 12:30pm. Only time I ever found it closed was on Ash Wednesday (and then I went to another Pollo Asado guy on the main street which was also good).
2013/03/01 10:53:10
Darren
Kinda cool to see this thread resurface from last year when we were planning our LAST trip to Akumal. Didn't make it to Naty's then but it's on the bucket list for this May/June!
2013/03/01 12:21:23
panesh
I thought those Pollo Bronco pics looked familiar, they're mine! Those prices are from a couple of years ago so don't be surprised if the price has increased.
2013/03/01 13:03:18
algooo
Thanks for the trip reports gerber--just incredibly detailed. And your parents--amazing!! I'll be adding the Tulum beach crawl to our activities since bar hopping to sample different drinks/food is right up our alley. Thanks to everyone else as well. It's not even going to feel like our first time to Naty's, given all the great info/photos[:)]

ORIGINAL: gerber


ORIGINAL: algooo

Thanks sfspanky,
When ordering chicken, there's no need to order sides--they're included?
Chicken's typically available before 2:00p, correct? Is that daily?

Never occurred to me to use Google Translate. I'll check out Jibbigo, as I will have my Galaxy MP3 player with me.




Found my trip report with pics of Naty's from Nov, 2011 and the menu I saw. Scroll down to the 24th:
http://forums.locogringo.com/forums/tm.asp?m=1420743

Or scroll down to the 21'st here. This one is May, 2012. Looks like an expanded menu although we still had just the chicken (with sides). We also brought our own beer this time which they didn't mind at all:
http://forums.locogringo.com/forums/tm.asp?m=1475322


2013/03/02 14:33:21
el gran chico
I'm trying to make a list of these chicken places down the 307.
 
So far I have ...
 
Akumal - Naty's
Tulum - Pollo Bronco
Puerto Morelos - El Rey del Pollo 
Playa del Carmen - Asadero el Pollo
 
Any others I should add?
 
I've only ever been to Naty's (last visit March 2019).  Hoping to visit the others on future trips.
2019/07/31 13:58:06
Vancouver Sundog
I usually get the chicken on the main road by the Pharmacia
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2019/08/05 12:02:12
Gem
VSD is that in Akumal pueblo main road or across from the OXXO?
2019/08/07 18:25:52
Vancouver Sundog
pueblo road, past the water tower. 
 
2019/08/08 20:10:57

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