We were surprised to find that the comida typica (Mexican food) at this terraced eatery overlooking the zocalo in Papantla is up to the spectacular view it affords of the park below. Get a table on the edge of the open air area nearest the street. The usual Mexican specialties (enchiladas, milanesas, &c.) are well prepared and not expensive given the entertainment that accompanies the meal. Parque Tellez is full of life, and you will see in the distance, outside the cathedral across the plaza, the voladores doing their whirling eagle routine. Don't be surprised if Totonacs in full regalia come up to the porch to get a hand-out. We told them we'd given at the pole earlier and were told that was then, this is now. After all, we'd been treated to volador performances twice, so we should pay twice, and we did. This is easily the most popular restaurant in Papantla, which many make their headquarters for the tour of the famous ruins of El Tajin, a few kilometers to the northwest of the city. After your meal, drop into the public market and see the variety of things craftspeople make out of vanilla beans. Papantla is the vanilla capital of Mexico.
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