Whenever on vacation or traveling, our family tries to search out restaurants where the local residents eat or at restaurants that are slightly off the beaten path and we are usually rewarded with affordable dining, delicious food, good service, and a pleasant atmosphere.
We found this small restaurant that met those expectations on a recent vacation to Playa del Carmen, Mexico in April 2013.
As is often the case, we found these restaurants late in our vacation and we would have dined there more often had we found them earlier. But at least we enjoyed several tasty, simply prepared meals during our vacation.
The name of this restaurant is Los Huaraches del Chavis – Y su Rica Barbacoa Al estil Edo De Mexico on 10 Avenida Nte between Calle 2 Nte and Av Benito Juarez. On our last day in Playa, while on a walk near our hotel, we passed another tiny diner and the gentleman sitting on a stool near the entrance said the magic words in English, “We have Pozole. Chicken or pork.” There is nothing better than pozole! That rich, flavor-filled stew of hominy, pork, chilies, and seasoning is a favorite at our house. One of my personal goals during this vacation was to find pozole while in Playa. We had just finished dining at Distrito, so we promised to return later for dinner.
We arrived at Los Huaraches just before they closed, in fact they were closing. Seeing the disappointment on our faces, the owners graciously offered to prepare two bowls of pozole along with tortilla chips and fresh guacamole. The stove top burners were turned on; a large sauce pan was filled with pozole and heated. Meanwhile, fresh guacamole was prepared and was soon served with tortillas chips. Soon two large bowls of pozole appeared before us with big chunks of pork, white hominy, a rich flavorful broth, cilantro, chilies, sliced avocado, and topped with bacon rinds. Guacamole, chips, two LARGE bowls of pozole, and two drinks - 200 pesos ($17.00). A bargain considering they reopened the kitchen to serve just the two of us. The owner was kind enough to let me take a menu: gorditas and tacos with or without salsa verde; beef, egg, or chicken Huaraches Sencillos topped salsa verde, sour cream, and cheese; pozole; and barbecue is served on Saturdays and Sundays. Prices range from 35 to 65 pesos ($3 – 5 USD). On Saturday and Sunday, a kilo of barbecue can be purchased for 280 pesos ($23 USD) as well as single servings of barbecue. A young couple also runs this diner and the owner who greeted us earlier in the day speaks English.
Again, we were disappointed that we did not find this diner earlier in our vacation but we are glad that we did find them. If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food in Playa del Carmen, this is an excellent choice!
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