1. V's Cafe on 7th - Downtown
2. Joy Trattoria - Cancun, Mexico
Italian restaurant. Great service, good food.
3. La Buffet - Cancun, Mexico
Buffets usually are not my thing, but my girlfriend and I were staying at an all-inclusive resort and decided to try a different restaurant for each meal. This was our breakfast. Pretty good choices, from omelet stations and made-to-order pancakes to smoked salmon, aged goat cheese, fresh fruit and even wheatgrass drinks.
4. Maki Taco - Cancun, Mexico
Supposedly a Japanese-Mexican "fusion" restaurant. It was shit. Egg rolls (which aren't even Japanese) slathered in guacamole. Sushi with mole sauce for dipping. It was a laugh. We shall forever refer to it as The Mucky Taco.
5. Dos Lunas - Cancun, Mexico
Another Italian place. I got a goat cheese and walnut ravioli to die for. My favorite meal. Very popular and delicious, made even more entertaining and fun by the group of hot, handsome Russians doing shots of tequila at the next table.
6. Ibiza Restaurante - Cancun, Mexico
Gourmet snacky-snacks. We got sushi and didn't pay (Repo Man). My vegetarian sushi was quite tasty indeed, but sadly it was the only vegetarian item on the menu, even the salads had meat. I had to request they make the salad without the ham and turkey and the server thought I was nuts but that's okay.
7. Los Internationale Market Place - Cancun, Mexico
Another buffet. My friend was well into it; me, not so much. But it was fine.
8. Health Bar - Cancun, Mexico
Health drinks, smoothies and yogurt. Conveniently located next to the beach Pilates and yoga area.
9. Dragon Wei/Red Dragon - Cancun, Mexico
Chinese restaurant. Not bad but kinda meh. There were no hot, handsome Russians.
10. Fountainbleu - Cancun, Mexico
This was a VIP restaurant lounge that only those with the elite wristbands could get into. It was an upscale buffet with higher quality items and top shelf liquor. Excellent and yes please!
11. Sian Ka'An Beach Club - Cancun, Mexico
Another perk of having the elite wristbands was there was a VIP area of the beach which had king-sized canopy beds to lounge on, better music (more on that in a moment) and best of all, cabana boys/girls bringing whatever food and drinks we wanted. It was one of the few places with an impressive vegetarian menu. Yay!
12. Sevilla Wine & Tapas - Cancun, Mexico
Sadly they had pretty much nada for vegetarians, which we didn't know when we sat down. We could have walked out, but we'd queued for it and couldn't be bothered to go elsewhere. I got a couple of potato-based items from the cold menu, and that's pretty much it until dessert. My friend tried quite a few items and enjoyed everything except the clams, which she found too gritty.
13. VIP Lounge - Cancun, Mexico
Does what it says on the tin. Lots of Brits and Germans.
14. Tunkul - Cancun, Mexico
15. Coffee & Me - Cancun, Mexico
Coffee bar with pastries and futbol futbol futbol! We enjoyed watching a repeat of the Real Madrid v. Malmo 8-0 drubbing while sipping our drinks. Gareth Bale mate. Once a Saint, always a Saint.
16. Coyote Loco - Cancun, Mexico
My friend wanted to hit up this place to see what it was like. It was early enough that the Dbags weren't out in full force yet, but it was still a shitty bar with shitty snacks and shitty music and shitty dayglo drinks which we took one sip of and dumped out on our way back to the VIP bar with its top shelf drinkies.
17. Fresh to Go - Atlanta, GA
Hit this up on the flight back home. It was one of the few places with a vegetarian option in the terminal. I got a breakfast sandwich which I could only eat half of because it was too salty. My friend was bummed because we had to pay for food and drinks again.
About the music. It was pretty much full-on Ibiza dance music, with a healthy sprinkling of Pitbull, weird fucking mash-ups and Uptown Funk every two hours thrown in for good measure. If you've ever been shoe shopping at DSW, you might have noticed the rather laid back house music they pipe in. That's the sort of music we heard ALL THE TIME while in Grand Cayman, and I rather naively thought it would be similar in Cancun. Nope. It was much more hi-energy. If Grand Cayman was shopping for shoes, Cancun was shopping for ho shoes.
Ah, but in the VIP area of the beach, it was DSW shoe shopping laid back house. Win!