Cancun Trip Itineraries
Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Mexico
If you want first-rate Mexican food without paying for all the extras, use our top 10 cheap restaurants in Mexico guide to plan your trip. Kleins has been a Mexico City institution for over 50 years. They feature one of the most extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus around. Kleins specializes in traditional Mexican food and their prices are more than reasonable. Cafe Tacuba is popular with locals and tourists alike for their delicious traditional Mexican cuisine. It's located just a few blocks from the historic Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, so it's the perfect destination for an afternoon or evening stroll. Located right in the middle of Cancun's party central, Taco Factory serves up great food at bargain basement prices and is the perfect locale for people-watching. The Galeria Restaurant in Cabo San Lucas not only serves up delicious Mexican fare fast and cheap, afternoons bring 2 for 1 drink specials making this an ideal party spot. read more about Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Mexico
- Ciudad De Mexico, 11500
Kleins has been around for over fifty ears. It is located on Masaryk Av. righ in the heart of Polanco a trendy neighborhood in Mexico City that is filled with restaurants of all price ranges, boutique shops like Louis Vuitton.
Kleins is an unpretentious restaurant with very extensive breakfast lunch and dinner menus specializing in Mexican food. They have the best huevos rancheros, chilaquiles and enchiladas anywhere and the prices are very reasonable ranging from $6 to $8 per main course.
They have tables indoors and outdoors where you can sit and watch people go by. This particular block of Masaryk has back to back restaurants and cafes so the stream of people walking by is endless. The morning crowd is mostly business people grabbing a quick breakfast and holding a brief meeting, at lunch it's mostly people that work in the area and in the evening it's fairly quiet, just a few people having a bite after watching a movie at the cinema a block away.
The waiters are very friendly and seem to know everyone by name. Almost everybody that goes there knows everybody else and you will see people greeting each other from one table to the next. I have been going there since I was a kid and Jorge, my waiter serves me my coffee before I even sit down and as soon as he sees me walk in the door he places my order for scrambled eggs with salami before even asking me if that's what I want, which of course is exactly what I would have ordered anyway.
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- Calle Tacuba 28
- Centro Histórico
- tel:5518 4950
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- Mexico City, 06060
When you are walking around the downtown area, this is a perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner. It serves traditional Mexican food and has outstanding mole, rivaling this State of Puebla specialty. Order it with chicken or enchiladas and I assure you you will not be disappointed, actually you can't go wrong with any of the items on the menu. The decor will charm you, old historic paintings and Talavera tiles give it an authentic Mexican flavor. You will find an eclectic combination of locals and tourists from all over the world in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Entrees are in the $8 to $12 range and they have a full bar. It's location is perfect, just a few blocks from Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zocalo, the main downtown square.
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- Avenida Yaxchilan #69
- Cancun, 77500
This small, unassuming place is constantly full of locals looking for good food at bargain prices. Lately, more and more tourists have being giving Pescaditos a try...and loving it! All of the food is made fresh and it's delicious.
The most popular items on the menu are also some of the cheapest...pescaditos (battered & deep-fried fish) are only $33 Pesos per order, and pescadillas (deep-fried tacos that are filled with fish and other seafood) are $35 Pesos. They may not be the healthiest choices on the menu but, after having a bite of the fish with a little of the homemade garlic mayonaisse, you won't care. It's THAT good.
If you prefer something a bit healthier, the ceviche is wonderful and the portions are large. The shrimp cocktail and salads are other healthy options.
Located on Yaxchilan Avenue, a busy street in the heart of downtown Cancun, Pescaditos is easy to find. It's a popular place so, during busy times of day, you might have to wait for a table.
There is live music on most days and, in addition to having great food, it's a fun place to hang out and have a few beers. The house specialties are Cheladas (beer with salt & lime) and Micheladas (beer with salt, lime, Tabasco sauce, & Worchestershire sauce). It's a laid-back place with an "island" vibe and you'll usually hear Reggae music playing, unless there is a live band.
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- Blvd. Kukulkan, Km. 9.5
- tel:52 (998) 883-0750
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Located right in "Party Center", near most of Cancun's major nightclubs, Taco Factory is in the middle of all the action.
The restaurant serves up delicious, authentic tacos at low prices. They are open from mid-day until after sunrise and are busy most of that time. Late-night, after the nightclubs close, is an especially busy time and people are usually standing around, waiting for a table to open up.
Taco Factory has been popular with locals, and tourists, for many years, but it hit the big time when it was one of the places featured the video, "Just A Lil Bit", by hip-hop star, 50 Cent.
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Cabaña de Caleta (La)
- Playa Caleta lado Oriente, s/n
- Fraccionamiento Las Playas
- tel:+52 744 469 8553 / +52 744 469 7919 / +52 744 482 5007
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- Acapulco, 39390
Entertaining visitors to the old "morning beach" since the fifties, this great establishment under thatch but right on the edge of the sand, is superb for specialties such as baby shark tamales (de cazon) and octopus salad. But this is also good for huevos rancheros and other grand Mexican breakfasts, and fruits and juices as well as lunch dishes from enchilias to ceviche and the paella isn't bad either. Weekends often see music under the thatched roof or you can dine under parasols with your feet stirring up the sand, while the youngsters sip their limonadas and scurry among the waves. A great famility restaurant and a classic Acapulco fixture. read more about Cabaña de Caleta (La)
- Costera Miguel Alemán 10
- Zona dorada
- tel:(+52) 744 - 484 5079
- Acapulco, 39690
Well located only one block from the Diana fountain, and opposite the Hotel Continental Emporio. This busy and noisy restaurant is handy for those who like typical Mexican cuisine, and want to grab some tacos and plaster them with a variety of tasty chili sauces. The restaurant, with a simple rustic decor meant to look like a Hacienda, is open to the street and tends to be noisy and rather warm, despite overhead ventilators. Other classic dishes are pozole (hominy stew with grains of maize and shredded pork, Guerrero style) while the house specialty is the Molcajete (meaning "Pestle and mortar"), a plate for two served in a granite spice-grinding bowl, with fried cured meat, chorizo, beef and chicken fajita, avocado, chicharrón (salted pork cracklings), beans, prickly pear leaves and cheese. It also serves American diner-type food so is reassuring for foreign visitors who prefer familiarity, and there are menus in English. Service is bustly and quite friendly while dress is informal. Inexpensive. No one reserves, unless you want to organize a large party table (unlikely). read more about El Fogón
- intersection of Zapata & Hidalgo
- tel:(624) 143-4290
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- Cabo San Lucas, 23450
Felix is the evening incarnation of Mama's Royal Cafe, famed as the best breakfast in Los Cabos. Felix is similarly regarded, and features some of the best traditional Mexican cuisine you will find anywhere in Baja California Sur. The appetizers are superb, particularly the jalapenos rellenos and the salpiconitas de jaiba (crab cakes with mango salsa), and they have a large variety of great salsas. Shrimp is one of the specialties of the house, and there are many options ranging from scampi to coconut mango to shrimp boiled in beer. Entrees include the requisite enchiladas, quesadillas, and chimichangas, but also include traditional favorites like pozole, puerco con pina, and Mexican-style bouillabaise. The desserts are hands down the best in town. The homemade flan is covered in sweet cream and strawberry sauce, and the crepes Panama is a bananas foster flambeed in dark rum. The courtyard here is garlanded in vines and flowers, home to many small birds, and is a completely charming place to be in the early evening. The service is great, and amazingly, is equal to the very fine food. read more about Felix'
Galeria Restaurant (La)
- Cabo San Lucas Marina, local 5, 6, 7A
- Plaza Bonita
- tel:+52 624 143 1090
- Cabo San Lucas, 23450
Chico's Paradise Restaurant, Bar and Grill
- Carretera Vallarta Manzanillo, Km. 20
- tel:+52 322 2 0474
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- Puerto Vallarta, 48410
- Iturbide 270
- El Centro
- tel:52 322 2 3073
- Puerto Vallarta, 48330
Mexican cuisine is not, by nature, vegetarian friendly so herbivores can be hard pressed to find delicious and guaranteed lard-free dishes at local restaurants. Not so at Planeta Vegeariano! Located in Centro, this tiny "hole in the wall" restaurant offers all you can eat buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walk in, pay for your plate and then help yourself to the two steam tables of delicious vegan and vegetarian fare. Each dish is clearly labeled and you can be sure the food is fresh.
Even if you aren't strictly vegetarian, the meat and cheese heavy Mexican diet can wear on a traveler who is used to salads and vegetables. This is a great place to eat healthy and cleanse your palate. The decor is bright and colorful, appealing to the young and young at heart. It's also very affordable, making it a great choice for those on a budget.
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