No TEX-MEX served!! I'm often asked by visitors on the island " Where can I get the BEST Mexican food?" I smile and explain that if you are looking for three cheese enchiladas made of flour tortillas and covered with sauce and cheese, you've come to the wrong place! For one thing cheese is very expensive here on an island that largely supports itself with the fishing trade, only second to tourism.... well it's not enchilada heaven. Sorry to burst your bubble!
True Mexican food on this island is fresh lobster, shrimp, red snapper, grouper, lion fish and octopus prepared simply with a few fresh, raw, local ingredients that are presented as if a kaleidoscope was consulted. Typical sauces are simply made from choices of the abundance of dried peppers found at the Mercado’s. The local beachfront eateries offer a nice variety of grilled or fried versions of these... and of course a grilled lobster with butter! Pork also has a prominent place in this islands Mexican cuisine.
Cochinita pibil is slow roasted pig prepared by locals and local eateries, primarily on the weekends. Served as a torta (sandwich) or topped with an egg over easy, pibil is simply a local fare. Topped with pickled red onions, diced cucumber and cilantro... now THAT'S Mexican food! Can you find a good burger?... YES. Nachos?... of course. Pizza?... plenty of that too. But eating here is easy, simple, satisfying and healthy. True Mexican food on a Mexican Caribbean island is from the sea or the slow roast pit. Buen provecho!