El Fogon has some great, fresh food. Lunch is better than dinner and is often frequented by locals and tourists alike.
Ambience/Location: Located near the airport on a small side street, it's a little bit away from the beach and main strip. Indoor and outdoor seating, with the outdoor being the preferred choice. Medium size palapa hut with wooden tables is also good for larger groups (largest table fits 10).
Service: Very good, attentive service. Friendly, knowledgeable, and always willing to satisfy you.
Food: Some of the best stews and soups are to be had here. They are slow cooked in large pots on the grill outside. Various meats and seafood like deer, beef, gibnut, chicken, conch...etc are tender and filled with a deep recado/coconut flavor. The red achiote spice mix is prevalent in many of their meat dishes. Their Conch soup, conch fritters, and grilled conch were the best we had on the island (and we had conch every day for 7 days).
Value: Considering locals also eat here, it's telling that the prices are fair.