American Steakhouse International Italian Japanese Mexican Sea Food Chinese
Eating in Cancun is a real treat. There is such variety – everything from fast food joints serving burgers and fries to elegant dining rooms offering pheasant under glass. Due to its international population, Cancun has restaurants offering French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican and American cuisine. Some of the finer restaurants combine elements of French and Italian cooking with Mexican to create fusions menus that are truly scrumptious. With so many restaurants, making a choice may be the hardest work you do while on vacation.
Large breakfasts or brunch buffets are the latest Cancun trend. A number of hotels and restaurants in the Hotel Zone have started offering all-you-can-eat affairs. They can be a good value, especially if you eat late in the morning.
(So you won’t be hungry again until dinner!)
Many of the restaurants in the Hotel Zone are closed until dinnertime. Those open for lunch offer menus that include sandwiches, salads, soups or pasta. Often, the lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu. Lunch downtown is more traditional. Known as “Comida”, this is the biggest meal of the day for Mexicans. Many shops and businesses, still keeping traditional hours, close between 1 pm and 4 pm in order to enjoy a leisurely lunch, and local restaurants get very busy at this time. There is usually some kind of daily special called “comida corrida” which varies from place to place. It’s usually the cheapest thing on the menu with more food on your plate than you can eat. Don’t be shy about trying some of the local delights. The Yucatan is famous for its cuisine. For the more cautious, there are still plenty of American style restaurants serving hamburgers, pizza and pastas.
The evening meal is called "Cena" and for the locals this means a light meal with the same types of lunch dishes, soups and desserts. But for tourists, the evenings are strictly gourmet’s delight. You can find just about anything to eat with any kind of ambience. Many of the restaurants have live music and décor that, when combined with the cuisine and excellent service, makes for a memorable dining experience. The hardest thing is making up your mind. So many flavors, so little time.
Contact the CANIRAC
Camara Nacional de la Industria de Restaurantes y Alimentos Condimentados
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