It's been a long pandemic. I've been big on travel for most of my life, vowing to visit at LEAST two new cities a year for the past few years. While I've mostly kept to that pandemic nonwithstanding, it was limited to where I could drive within my new home state of California.
And my GOSH you guys, Tulum is GORGEOUS. We snorkeled and scuba'd in the beautiful, crystal-clear Cenotes. We lounged by the warm-water beaches. We explored the adorable town. And we ate. Oh man did we eat.
I say I'm a half-assed vegetarian because when I travel, I don't avoid meat as much as I do in my daily life. Food is so tied to culture that I feel like I'd miss out on an authentic experience if I stuck too strictly to being fully plant-based. And plus, my own internal reasons for going plant-based do allow for some flexibility outside of the US.
So tacos were definitely on the menu.
Taqueria La Riviera Costeña - I wish we'd found this place the first day of our trip--we would have saved SO much money! For $2 you get FIVE PASTOR TACOS that are absolutely incredible. Easily the best meal of our trip, and one of the least expensive. It's hard to find BAD food in Tulum, but the more touristy areas definitely have food that's less amazing. La Riviera Costena is right in the middle of the main street in town and does not disappoint. The one downside is there's no beer or alcohol served here--but there's a number of bars around the area to fill up at afterwards.
Av. Tulum S/N
77760 Tulum, Quintana Roo Mexico
Snack Bar La Chingada - I don't have a picture of this one but we popped in for drinks on our last night and wish we'd found them sooner as they were hands-down the most reasonably priced cocktails we encountered. The menu also had a variety of snacks (we were too full from Taqueria La Riviera!) that are perfect for pairing with their extensive booze menu. A great place to start or end a night out on the town!
Taqueria El Sabor Mexicano - I wanted street tacos and somehow it didn't happen until the very last day, as we were driving to the airport. We'd passed this tiny storefront a few times but upon investigation it looks like you've walked into someone's kitchen. Big terracotta bowls full of saucy deliciousness is spooned into homemade tortillas. For six tacos we paid some ridiculously low price and they were so tasty I tried my best to savor every bite. Pro tip: the family-run taco stands are the best. If I ever go back I'd like to use them exclusively!
We didn't REALLY have a choice for food during the tours, but I thought I'd share my experiences anyway (since the food was pretty good!)
-Now Yaca Tulum at Tulum Diving Tour: Definitely the best breakfast on our tour! It was included in the price of our dive (my travel companion did SCUBA and I did snorkel) so I really don't know how much it cost, but it was so good. The standout here was the sauce--so savory and thinking about it just makes my mouth water. My travel companion got the Avocado Toast and it was everything you could hope for in an Avo Toast.... however, I was much more satisfied with the above enchiladas.