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Restaurant Review – El Pocito

Restaurant Review – El Pocito

When coming to Xcalak, sometimes flights force you to spend a night or two in Cancun. If you are like me and the thought of going to a Señor Frogs or Coco Bongo for dinner makes your skin crawl, I have a different type of dinner recommendation.

El Pocito is a small no frills restaurant in Cancun town (i.e. not in the Hotel Zone) that serves typical Mayan home cooking. Whenever we have to spend the night in Cancun, we usually try to get at least one meal here. They have some incredible dishes like queso relleno, which is a big chunk of cheese in sauce with ground pork. You eat it with warm tortillas. They also have Yucatecan tamales, cochinita pibil (Mayan roast pork, traditionally cooked overnight buried with coals underground), as well as salbutes and panuchos.

If you find yourself in Cancun and not wanting to have dinner in a grotesquely touristy restaurant, give El Pocito a try. You can find it in google maps. It is a bit of a challenge to find, but it is worth the effort.

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