We'd heard raves for Tulum's food (thanks Rebecca aka SanPedroScoop.com!) so came here with high expectations, and Tulum delivered.  It's going to take two posts just to cover it all!  

Right after arriving in town and checking into the hotel, we stopped in at a little coffee shop on the main street.  Rebecca had recommended their reasonably priced cappuccino, and I hadn't had one in ages, so it was on my brain.  Yes, it was perfect at about $2 US and perked me right up after our morning of travel.  Barry ordered a tropical fresh-fruit smoothie.  Delish!
On our first evening, we walked down to El Camello, recommended by Rebecca and Joshua (who owns the Secret Garden Hotel, where we were staying).  Supposedly it had the freshest seafood in town at the best prices.  Nothing fancy, just good, honest food.  You know a place is good if it's packed, and El Camello was certainly busy, even at the early hour we like to eat.  Many of the diners were locals, another good sign.  We both had the grilled fish with refried beans, salad, fresh tortillas, chips, and a couple of Mexican beers apiece.  We walked out of there for a grand total of $300MX or about $24 US, including tip.  Wow!  
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A very popular place
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Loads of food for a great price
The next morning we tried a place for breakfast that had also been highly recommended by both Rebecca and Joshua -- Azafran.  We arrived around 7:30 am and were surprised to find that they didn't open until 8, but they said we could sit down and they'd serve us coffee.  They ended up taking our order after all, and we had an a delicious omelet breakfast with some wonderful grainy bread and the best coffee I've had in ages, all in a lovely garden setting that we had to ourselves.  Service was excellent.
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Nice garden setting
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My chaya and gouda omelet
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Barry's fancy omelet with everything but the kitchen sink!
Our first lunch was at Puro Corozon, across from the beach.  We walked there from the Tulum Maya ruins having no idea what the mileage was going to be, but it was a long and very warm walk.  Barry later calculated that we walked about three miles (excluding our earlier walk from the collectivo to the ruins and the walking through the ruins!)

By the time we got there, we were sweaty, tired, and hungry.  Joshua had told us this place had authentic Mexican food, and the menu alone made us drool.  Our timing was good as well as they had Happy Hour beginning at noon, with half-price margaritas.  Need I say more?  We decided to try the mezcal margaritas, and they were so good (and potent!), we ended up lingering there for quite some time and drinking FOUR apiece!  Not something we would usually do, but we were in full-on vacation mode!
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Super cute signs -- I wonder what the "Mayab" is?
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The first of many...
We shared these delicious mixed veggie tacos, and Barry ordered a lovely chicken mole.  I had a "Latin Tower", described as "a tower of sweet potato, pesto cream cheese, and fresh tomatoes".  This may be Mexican, but it was certainly gourmet Mex!  The flavors were as delicious as the presentation.
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Veggie tacos
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Chicken Mole on top of pineapple sauce and sweet potatoes and garnished with sunflower sprouts
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"Latin tower" -- pretty and delicious
For dessert we splurged on the chocolate fondue with fruit.  We were a little disappointed to receive only bananas and apples.  Pineapple would have been a great addition, and of course we would love to be here during mango season!
We can definitely recommend this excellent restaurant to anyone staying in Tulum.  It was one of our very favorites of the entire trip.  And the garden setting is as delightful as the food.
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Puro Corazon is pure pleasure!
After catching a taxi back to town from the beach and sobering up, we weren't all that super hungry for dinner, but I was determined to try the #1-rated Tulum restaurant in Trip Advisor, Altamar.  They are only open for dinner and looked a bit fancy, but we didn't care; most people dress so casually in Tulum, we just went with the flow and walked right in.  Both the service and food were excellent!  Instead of going the entree route, we shared a trio of appetizers and got to try their delicious condiments.  The staff took great pride in explaining each one to us.
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Condiment board they bring out -- some very piquante!
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Ceviche
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Delish guacamole
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Shrimp fingers with yummy Asian dipping sauce
I'm sure the entrees would be amazing based on the deliciousness of the appetizers, but we were craving some gelato, and this way we saved room.  Next stop, gelato shop!
It was not on the level of Tutti-Frutti in Placencia but was still a yummy treat and a great way to end our first day in Tulum.

To be continued...
Sabrina
12/29/2012 11:26:45 am

D-LISH!!!!

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Sabrina

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4/29/2013 01:24:53 pm

tulum is so beautiful.! and i love el camello.

i recently visited tulum too. check out my top picks for the best restaurants here:

http://www.colorandspiceblog.com/the-places/restaurants-and-cafes/best-restaurants-in-tulum/

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BeBelize Emily
4/29/2013 10:31:48 pm

Thank you for the link to your beautiful website! We did not get to try any of the restaurants you review. We were staying in town on our short time in Tulum and only made it out to the beach once. But we enjoyed every minute we were there. Make sure you try Puro Corazon next time you are in Tulum if you haven't already. It was amazing!

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