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“Better than any resort meal!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Fogon

El Fogon
Calle 6th bis & 30th Ave., Playa del Carmen 12345, Mexico
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Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Chicago, IL
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52 restaurant reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Better than any resort meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

This was our favorite meal in PDC, and it was LOADS better than the food at our resort. If you come to Playa and don't venture into town for this place (and others), you're missing out.

Come after 6:00 to get the famous tacos al pastor. Pork and pineapple tacos, how can that be bad? They were the best we've ever had, and that's coming from some serious Chicago foodies.

We also got some delicious bean soup (frijoles charros?), which we kind of ordered by accident. Well, it was a happy accident, because it's one of the most delicious things we had in all of Mexico!

This place isn't to be missed.

  • Visited August 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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14 restaurant reviews
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“Friendly, tasteful, local”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Located just off the beaten touristic track that is 5th Avenue, El Fogon serves great food for even better prices. The locals come here, but as a tourist you don't feel like in intruder. The crew is friendly and this place is an absolute must if you want to try the real Mexican cuisine. Highlight of our trip, foodwise!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“BEST TACOS!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Our tour guide from a tour we took recommended this place and it is was right on! The tacos al pastor were delicious and we have tried them in many places. Good quality and good prices, not in the tourist area but worth the walk. If you are ever in Playa you need to come and eat here.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 restaurant reviews
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“Local and Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Went here our first night in Playa on a recommendation from the hotel driver. Excellent local food and flavor that is all freshly prepared on a grill at the front of the restaurant. Highly recommend this place if you are on a budget or just want to experience the local fare.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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“Great food , prices can't be beat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

the service
was fantastic food amazing we had The Pariillada, got in late and this was around the corner from us, Found this restaurant on Tripadvisor

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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