Le Natura is located in the heart of the Hotel Zone across the street from the old Senor Frogs, but once you enter this lush, green environment you'll forget that you are in one of the busiest areas of Cancun. They have an extensive menu geared towards fresh, healthy eating and many vegetarian dishes available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The prices are very reasonable, try the breakfast combos or the lunch/dinner combos. The fresh juices and smoothies are a highlight but don't despair, Le Natura also serves beer, margaritas, daiquiris, etc. etc. This is a restaurant that you may want to visit more than once during your stay.
Sushi Ken is a local favorite. There are 4 locations in Cancun and the main one is downtown on Palenque. There is also a Sushi Ken in Plaza Outlet that is a nice place to have lunch if you feel like going to the movies or doing some shopping as well. Try the Baby Squid, the spicy Tampico (crab salad) or the delicious Tiger Roll. Their menu is in Spanish and it might be a challenge trying to order Japanese food from a Spanish menu when you only speak English, so maybe try pointing at the pictures. Sushi Ken delivers all over Cancun including to the Hotel Zone.
Recommended for Take Out because: Sushi Ken has a large menu, the food is consistently good and on Wednesdays all rolls are 2x1.
Kristin's expert tip: Wednesday is 2x1 on all rolls!
Hong Kong IS Chinese food in Cancun. They have been open since 1984 and were one of the very first restaurants to serve food after Hurricane Wilma hit in 2005. Their main location is a huge restaurant downtown (capacity 500!)which is open from 8 am to 10 pm and is located in their very own Plaza Hong Kong. They deliver all over Cancun. They also have a location in the Hotel Zone in Forum by the Sea. This isn't gourmet Chinese food but it'll do the trick if you have a craving...and the price is right. They have an extremely popular all you can eat buffet in the downtown location.
This casual seafood restaurant is located smack in the middle of the Hotel Zone but it's also a local favorite. El Fish Fritanga is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm but their taco stand is open from 7 am until 1 am. This is a great spot for a family meal. They have high chairs and a changing station available and an outdoor kids play area. Prices on their menu range from 10 to 200 pesos (USD: 75 cents to 15 dollars). They are located on the lagoon so you'll enjoy a lovely view. They have all this to offer plus their food is delicious. Try the ceviche or fish tacos with a frosty chelada (prepared beer drink).
Padrino's Pizza Express is located in Plaza Quetzal at km 8 of the Hotel Zone across the street from the Inter-Continental Presidente Hotel. It is connected to the second The Surfin Burrito. Visitors can order from either menu. The food is delicious and economical. Beer, wine and mixed drinks are available. Menu items include salads, appetizers, paninis, pastas, beef, sausage, chicken, prosciutto and vegetarian items. The New York Style thin crust pizza is particularly popular. There are very few items over 100 pesos on the menu. Padrino's Pizza Express delivers to hotels in the Hotel Zone.
Sushi Go is located in Plaza Quetzal at km 8 of the Hotel Zone across the street from the Inter-Continental Presidente Hotel. The food is delicious and economical. Many diners comment that this is the best sushi they've ever had. There aren't many items over 200 pesos (11 usd) on the large menu. Offerings include not only sushi but tempura, rice, temaki rolls, appetizers, teppanyaki and sashimi. There are options available for vegeterians. Beer, wine, saki and mixed drinks are available. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for specials. Sushi Go has three locations in Cancun delivers to hotels in the Hotel Zone.
This tiny, open-air restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they are always serving delicious food. Any time, day or night, you can order made-to-order burritos and tacos, nachos, taco salads, quesadillas, ceviche, and a few appetizers. After 11:30am, they fire up the grill and start serving barbecue beef ribs, hamburgers, barbecue garlic chicken, jerk chicken, and grilled chicken wings. There is also a full bar, so you can get a beer or cocktail at any hour. For breakfast, there are no traditional American breakfast favorites offered, but they do serve breakfast burritos and tacos, which have spicy Mexican sausage and beans inside them. It's a tasty option for breakfast so don't knock it until you try it. This place has low prices, with most dishes coming in at well under $100 pesos (so less than $10 US dollars). The breakfast burritos and tacos are $49 pesos, which is quite a bargain, since the burritos are huge.
Recommended for Take Out because: The Surfin Burrito is open 24/7 and most dishes are priced under 10 dollars. They have a full bar.
Kristin's expert tip: All seating is outdoors so be sure to wear sunscreen on sunny days and take an umbrella or raincoat on rainy days because you will be exposed to the elements here.
If you're a vegetarian or vegan this is your restaurant in Cancun, and even if you're not, you should still give Vegan Planet a try. Chef Miguel Bautista not only prepares amazing food completely free of animal components but also incorporates many superfoods and gives classes on how to prepare healthy, delicious vegan and raw dishes. The entire menu is vegan and many of the dishes are raw and include sushi, pastas, pizza, smoothies, sandwiches and Mexican favorites like chilaquiles, burritos, and molletes. For dessert, try a scrumptious brownie. The prices are very economical. They are open Mon-Sat 8 am-6 pm.
This is one of the best places in Cancun to go for a sandwich. Fresh baguettes or croissants are piled high with meats, cheeses, and vegetables. The garlic mayonnaise served on these sandwiches makes them highly addictive. The restaurant opens early, for breakfast, and stays open until 10:00 pm. At most times of the day, there is usually a crowd of people waiting near the counter to pick up get their take-out order. Breakfast offerings (only in some locations) consist of croissants, boiled eggs, coffee, cappuccino, espresso, hot chocolate, tea, fruit juice, or sandwiches. The most popular item on the menu is the Economica, an economically priced baguette sandwich. The sandwich consists of salami, cheese and peppers on a baguette. Other popular items are the Italian Sandwich and the Vegetarian Sandwich is an option for diners that don't eat meat. If you prefer your sandwich on a croissant instead of on a baguette, croissants can be substituted for a few pesos more. The delicious food and the low prices make this place a huge hit with locals and tourists alike.
Recommended for Take Out because: Ty-Coz is cheap and delicious. You'll probably end up eating here more than once during your vacation.
Kristin's expert tip: Try the Italian sandwich. It's one of the best things on the menu. If you are penny-pinching, opt for the inexpensive, yet tasty Economica sandwich instead.
Los de Pescado's menu is very small, but the economical items they serve are out of this world. This is a local's favorite, with locations all over downtown Cancun. This is great take-out food that reheats well and they even deliver! Menu items include fish or shrimp tacos, ceviche or ceviche tostadas, and fish or shrimp burritos. Have an ice cold beer or "agua natural" with your lunch or dinner and do not miss the spicy white mayonnaise-based dressing.
Recommended for Take Out because: The tacos and salsas are unbelievably delicious and economical.
Kristin's expert tip: An order of tacos is two tacos, so order two if you want four!