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“Great little Resturant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ay Chabela

Ay Chabela
1A Norte Entre Calle 12 y 14, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
98431628
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Ranked #169 of 768 Restaurants in Playa del Carmen
Price range: $6 - $16
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Pennsylvania
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123 reviews 123 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Great little Resturant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Don't be fooled... It's a locals place and it is delicious. Its on the edge of the 'tourist' area. We had breakfast there everyday, had something different each time, and it was delicious. 9 different choices that were simple and authentic Mexican. Eggs on tortilla shells with refried beans and fried bananas - #9 is great. #1 is the American breakfast and #8 is your choice of omelette. Everything is cooked fresh while you wait (be patient) with fresh squeezed OJ. All for 60 pesos, about $5. Delicious!!!

Visited April 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Anderson Island, Washington
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32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Great Hole in the Wall to Fill the Hole in Your Belly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This place is nondescript, off the beaten path, next to a dive shop and across from one of the world's gaudiest billboards - a place you tend to walk past on your way to the beach. It looks like a place for the locals, and it is - all the more reason to try it.

There's a daily lunch special for 75 pesos - about $6 U.S. That would be a pretty good price all by itself, even if it didn't include a bottle of beer, which it does. The day we ate, the lunch special was fish in garlic butter sauce. Can't tell what kind of fish it was - our knowledge of Spanish isn't that extensive, and their knowledge of English is even less. But it was absolutely delicious, and we ate every last morsel.

While we were waiting for our meal, we stepped up to the foosball table, and tried to teach each other humility. Fun. There are also two video screens, almost always tuned to either soccer matches or Mexican soap operas.

The service was friendly, and they were most appreciative of our visit. Highly recommend, especially if you're on a budget.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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