A Playa del Carmen mainstay, El Fogón is an open-air taquéria off the beaten path of bustling Quinta Avenida. If you're in the mood for authentic Mexican dishes and drinks, this is the place.
Tacos al pastor (served only at night), chorizo, arrachera (steak) and chicken tacos lead the list of favorites. Nopales (pickled cactus), frijoles charros (beans), rice, guacamole and salsa with fresh chips are a great accompaniment.
Micheladas (beer with lime juice) and licuados (fruit smoothies) are "musts."
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A Gastronomic Local Experience
Playa Del Carmen has its share of touristy restaurants.
Most are located on the pedestrian 5th Avenue. For a great local experience, head to El Fogón, five blocks north of 5th Avenue on Constituyentes and 30th.
It's very popular with the locals and expats. One of their specialties is pastor (roasted pork).
You can grab 3-4 assorted tacos and two cervezas for about $10 USD. The menu is entirely in Spanish (a good sign). Sit back, eat, drink and take in the local culture.