Top 3 Cocina Economicas

Las Palmas

Las Palmas is a great inexpensive cocina economia. The dining space becomes a garage after they close, but hey that’s part of the charm of cocina economicas (you are eating at an inexpensive price in someone’s home). Not so off-the beaten path, locals and tourist alike enjoy this establishment and it is always busy. They serve breakfast and lunch. Try the grilled fish (pescado a la plancha) or our favorite pollo a la plancha con queso (gooey cheese melted over paper thin chicken breast). If you have time after you eat, take a walk to the local Market (Mercado) at this traditional Mexican market is not something you want to miss.

Liquor License: No; Outdoor Dining: No, restaurant is open to the outside; Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, Breakfast & Lunch Early am – 2/3pm; Cost $$; Location: Avenida: 25, between Calle 1 and 3

Il Giardino

This Cocina Economica has become near and dear to our hearts….literally. It’s only a short walk from our office and has become one of our favorite lunch spots. Maria, the lovely cook that operates the restaurant out of her quaint home serves up great Jamaican jerk chicken as well as surprisingly good Italian food, though this may be partly to the fact that Maria’s husband is Italian! Try the carbonara or the bolognese as it won’t disappoint. We recommend sharing the portions of pasta to leave room for dessert (Note: we have yet to leave Il Giardino without sharing dessert) although for 45 pesos per plate you might as well order two dishes para llevar. Maria also makes a mean lasagna, but it’s only served on Sundays. Stop by Wednesday through Sunday from 12-6pm and let Maria welcome you to her Mexican/Italian home.

Liqueur License: No; Outdoor Dining: Yes; Hours of Operation: Wednesday – Sunday (Lasagna Sunday’s) ; Cost $; Location: Ave 15, between Calle 17 and 19

Las Flamitas

Located right next to Las Palmas you will not find any tourists here. This concina is considered to have some of the best Yucatan food on the island and you will find the locals pulling up their cars at lunch time taking the food to go. If you desire you can also dine in (as we think you get the most for you money). Each meal is served with fresh tortilla chips (these are the best we have had so far as they are freshly fried), beans, a tall cold glass of aqua fresca and a soup along with your main course, all for 50 pesos!! If you are an adventorous eater, Las Flamitas is for you. Friday special….Mondongo…aka tripe…inerds, guts! But stewed in traditional broth this dish is truly yummy although it may not be for those weak in the stomach (pun intended). Flamitas also has an excellent Sopa de Lima that we recommend trying.

Liqueur License: No; Outdoor Dining: No, restaurant is open to the restaurant; Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 11:30-4:30pm; Cost $; Location: Avenida 25, between Calle 1 and 3