We first tried Ice & Spice on the recommendation of friends. The place can look intimidating to tourists because the menu is in Spanish and the customers seem to be local service industry people, but the people working there are very friendly and accommodating.
It isn't anything fancy, just a simple food stand on the side of a building, across the street from the mall by Coco Bongo, but it is a great option for the Hotel Zone. Most of the restaurants there are pretty expensive, but 5 of us ate at Ice & Spice for around $20 US. The tortas are like sandwiches on a french-type bread, filled with grilled meat. You can get cheese and avocado as an add-on. There is a side table with other condiments you can put on yourself– salsas, rice, etc. We really enjoyed the spicy Arrachera meat, carved fresh off the spit.
There are a few plastic tables and chairs there if you want to sit down. We never had trouble getting a table within a few minutes. One day it started to rain and an employee took the initiative to come out from behind the counter, get an umbrella and try to position it over our table, which was a really nice gesture. There is a made-to-order smoothie bar on the other side. We never got around to trying it but heard another group of tourists saying it was good. Overall it is a great cheap option for people who want a little local flavor– we ended up eating there 3 times.
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