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Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants?

We finally made the leap this year to stay on Isla Mujeres instead of the mainland. Have been for a day trip but never stayed over. Isla has a reputation for it's food. Looking to hear from you about your favourite bars and restaurants and what makes them special; a favourite dish, drink, price, view, decor or server? Thanks in advance!




 
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/02 12:35:06 (permalink)
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So many places

Freddies, Olivias, Lolas , the bbq platter at Soggy peso, Bally Hoo are just a few

Sadly Fueguitos just closed

Where are you staying on Isla

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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/02 14:37:11 (permalink)
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Villa Rolandi for food, views and service, prices were up a bit this year especially on their pastas.
For seafood, most any of the places along Medina, last trip had really good shrimp tacos at at Brisas Grill.;
Sadly did not make it to Fredy's this trip, his port chop or baked shrimp is fabulous.
Had a wonderful filet in Roquefort sauce at Cafe del Mar, TwirleyB ordered the ribeye which was cut way too thin, like a breakfast steak (but they did not charge her).
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/02 17:02:03 (permalink)
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Staying at Privilege Aluxes, Vancouver Sundog. Weaning ourselves off the mega all-inclusive after 8 years at the Grand Bahia Principe. We always liked to have breakfast and dinner at the Bahia and then venture off the resort for the day for lunch and drinks and an adventure. So this year breakfast is included, which is perfect leaving us many choices for lunch and dinner. Tried Bally Hoo's last time, which was excellent!




 
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/02 17:21:42 (permalink)
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We did the bfast only option at PA a few years ago - excellent option

We made margs in our room and took them to the pool as well

Walking Hildelgo for the evening is great for dinner

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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/02 17:28:50 (permalink)
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Have you got the new MAPCHICKS map

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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/02 19:02:06 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: Vancouver Sundog

Have you got the new MAPCHICKS map


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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/02 19:33:12 (permalink)
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Excellent
 
Lots of restaurant suggestions on their map - all to be trusted but places seem to open and close each month

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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/02 20:24:23 (permalink)
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Hi.
In no specific order top three for me.
Soggy Peso... Burgers are really good. 8 Ounce patty so you may want to split with someone.
Olivia's... so many choices. Be tough to pick a favorite. Play spin the menu and try whatever you land on...
Rooster Café... I get a great coffee and breakfast is really good. Lots of food here you wont go hungry.
Don't worry about just dropping into someplace that looks "interesting" to try something new that's the beauty of Isla..
We are heading back there in 2 weeks so can do some scouting.
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/02 20:34:09 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: Rich from BC

We are heading back there in 2 weeks so can do some scouting.
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Look forward to hearing your report, Rich. Thanks!




 
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/03 07:35:03 (permalink)
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Velasquez on the waterfront is excellent, as is Bally Hoo! Warning! Bally Hoo serves VERY strong margaritas! [:D]

Limon, located in one of the colonia neighborhoods, is very popular, as well as Morgans and Asia Caribe.

Lolo Lorena are always highly recommended. Lolo's is by reservation only. I believes she is from Belgian. It is a true culinary experience in the French style! For reservations:
Tel: 998 139 2310; Email: lololorena@yahoo.com
https://www.facebook.com/lololorena62

Try out the luncherias by the fruit market! Inexpensive and delicious! We love the 1st one, Alexis & Geovanny's.

The French Bistro has always been one of favorites, as well as Amigos.
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/03 08:26:29 (permalink)
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We spent a week on the island last year, and to get to know our way around, we rented a golf cart from Cardenas downtown,
and after that, took the very inexpensive taxi's. the Soggy Peso was our favorite "hideaway" ! We enjoyed the view from Jax
downtown. We sampled a number of places, and without my map here to refresh me of the names, it's safe to say we did not
have a bad experience anywhere we stopped!

And, the Chedraui store covered all we needed to make our breakfasts!

headin' south again soon!
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/03 17:25:34 (permalink)
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Barlito's is one of my fav sandwich/bakery place, reasonable.  Everything is freshly made there, lots of vegetarian and healthy options.  Great place to people watch.


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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/03 19:02:20 (permalink)
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Hi.
We also love Barlito. It has moved recently and is now at Marina Paraiso. Closer to the beach by playa Norte.
We will look for when we are there in 2 weeks.
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/04 06:53:26 (permalink)
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Is sunset grill still there? They used to have really good ceviche. Also, Zama's had great lobster tacos and quesadillas, and Playa lanchero (now hs different name), had wonderful Xik n Tik. Faynes always had a really good surf n turf deal too.

It has been about 6 years though so......................
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/04 10:01:10 (permalink)
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Sunset Grill is still there, had lunch there last May.
Zama's is still there also, although we did not stop, some controversy since they do not seem to have a consistent policy. Some folks have to pay a cover charge which is deducted from the food and drink bill to use the pools and bali beds, others get charged a cover in addition to what they spend on food and a few do not get charged a cover. They have SUPER clean banos though crunch.
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/04 11:52:15 (permalink)
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We have been staying at Ixchel Condos for the past few years on Playa Norte, and just love the Island. We have had many good dining experiences and a few bad ones too. Here is my rundown:

Roosters...north end of town..great breakfasts here...the Torta Rustica with ham, spinach, eggs with spicy fried potatoes for 90 pesos is just wonderful. On Sunday the breakfast special is two eggs on a biscuit with lobster gravy for 110 pesos, and it is to die for. The chorizo, cheese and veggie omelet is also very good. They serve you their homemade rosemary cranberry bread hot out of the oven as soon as you order. It is worth fighting over!

Alexia and Giovani's food stall at the market....we eat here all the time, and it is dirt cheap, plus the breakfast, lunch and dinner are so good. The owner is a wonderful lady, and the place is a favorite of all that stay at Ixchel, which is just a block away.

Lola Valentina...best stuffed grouper with cheese, shrimp and pablano peppers with a pablano sauce over rice...try the stuffed jalepenos..OMG..stuffed with beef and cheese...not like the poppers you get frozen either. Their masa encrusted chicken stuffed with bacon, cheese and jalepeno was a big hit with friends, and the garlic shrimp in coconut milk was my hubbies favorite meal of the trip.

Mango Cafe...located in Colonia and Punta sur...well worth the trip to find it. Went there for breakfast with friends, and had some of the best Mayan coffee and masa encrusted pablano's stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheese, onion and bacon, then topped with crema and house made salsa verde, and a side of fried potatoes. My hubbie loved his eggs benedict with chaya and cheese, and friends enjoyed the wonderful coconut encrusted french toast with toasted almonds...This place is small, cute as a button, and very clean. Can't wait to go back and try the lunch menu out.

Abuelos...located across the street from Ixchel condos, and towards the main market. This tiny super friendly mom and pop has some wonderful Aztec soup..HOT!...good fajitas and very good fish tacos. Yummm

Rolandi's Pizza...middle of the main drag. Great hot bread, great pizza, salads and pasta...eat here at least twice on our trips...

Bo Bo's Fish...across from Olivos...very small with several stools on the sidewalk. Owner is from Canada, and is great to talk to. Service is slow because everything is made to order. If you are wanting a fantastic hamburger and top notch chicken wings, this is the place. The wings are as good as any we have had in the states, and his sauces are outstanding...good on the wallet too...love this place!

Fredy's...owner is very friendly, but a bit tipsy when we were there...so were we though! The big hit with friends was the pork chops served with a baked potato and spinach, and we loved the baked shrimp with cheese, onion, and his special sauce, also served with baked potato and spinach...I love that! You always get served the same crap in every restaurant in the roo...rice and mixed vegges.....also great garlic soup and very good strong drinks.. that should give you a start...enjoy you lucky person!








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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/04 12:31:06 (permalink)
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Wow! Thanks so much, Kim, for taking the time. I'm getting so excited (and hungry) reading everyone's suggestions. Thanks to all and keep 'em coming!




 
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/20 14:31:20 (permalink)
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After reading this thread again, I got a wild hair and booked a week on the south end of Isla for November! Too bad LG doesn't rent on Isla....oh, well...going to Akumal in May...
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/26 22:46:43 (permalink)
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We always just start on one end of Hidalgo, and peek at everybody`s plates as we walk by, then decide where to stop and eat......
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/27 10:31:32 (permalink)
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hi there....we were on isla last may staying at ixchel
one of our favourites was bahia tortuga ....great bar next door almost to soggy peso.
if you go to bahia tortuga on sundays Sol Rockers are playing ...great band.
rent a golf cart and do a tour that is on mapchicks map....punta sur is amazing ...great views.
we're headin back in may for two weeks this time with our mexico buds from nova scotia.
new mapchicks map has been ordered
only 38 sleeps and we are back!!!!!!!!
....there is also great snorkeling out at the light house ( forget name ) or day trip to isla contoy

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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/27 14:43:17 (permalink)
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one of our favourites was bahia tortu


Great place

Did you just love their little dogs

If at the Soggy Peso, ask about their spider

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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/27 22:57:07 (permalink)
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stwartNewfoundland: was the snorkeling at the lighthouse from shore, or part of a boat tour? Was it shown on the Mapchick map? Thanks.




 
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/28 07:17:20 (permalink)
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Love Isla... just as you get to the ferry docks, embark, out to the street and turn left, walk to first bar/restaurant for the life of me can't remember the name ( and it's no wonder), but we start here, drinks flow and the food to die for, service the best you,'ll ever find. We drank all their tequila and one of the waiters ran out(literally) and got us more. Upon his return we offered him and the owner to join us in a few sips. Probably one of the most fun times on the island and we stay at least one night across the street on every trip on our way to Akumal or after.

 
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RE: Favourite Isla Mujeres Restaurants? 2014/03/28 09:22:59 (permalink)
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We'll be on the island the latter part of May. We're looking forward to hitting up a few new places along with some of our old favorites. Bally Hoo on Medina for sunset views, fish tacos and strong margaritas. Velasques on the water for garlic fish or shrimp. Both are excellent. El Veradero, really cute cuban place on the inlet close to the marinas. Try their fish fingers, chicken fricasee and some great mojitos. Lola Valentina's was great. Great atmosphere, wonderful food and creative margaritas. Well worth the few extra pesos this place might run. Nice thing about Isla Mujeres is the range of food prices and variety of foods. Something for everyones pocket book and taste buds!
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