If you are looking for an easy, fun and cheap place for breakfast lunch or dinner, Don Cafeto in the town of Tulum is a great choice for any meal. It is truly a Tulum institution where business deals are made, properties bought and sold, discussions had and friends meet. Owned by the past Govenor of Quintana Roo, this family is famous both politically and gastronomically in Tulum.
Make sure you have their pickled potatoes!
Each diner will receive a bowl of pickled potatoes that come with carrots, chiles, garlic and onions. Think spicy but yummy. Think full flavored. This concoction is what makes Don Cafeto unique as they are not serving the typical taco chips and pico de gallo.Whether you come for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you will receive this delicacy.
Breakfast at Don Cafetos
Don Cafetos opens early so if you need a great latte, strong americano, or cappuccino, you will be served at 7 am! The coffees are rich, matching a European coffee flavor, not a North American coffee. Breakfast dishes are typically Mexican with heuvos rancheros, chiliquiles, omlettes with spicy tomato sauce and great fresh juices using local fruits and vegetables. If you are looking for a typical American breakfast, pancakes, eggs and bacon and fruit and yogurt can be found. Portions are big and everything is fresh! The best American comparison would be a diner; a fast moving, food slopping greasy spoon that serves up hot and spicy, not fat and greasy.
Lunch at Don Cafetos
If you can find a seat during the hours of 1 pm to 3 pm, great! Lunch time is business time where local business men and women meet and eat. This is where the local business discussions and deals take place. And to make it even more exciting, you will witness the daily electric piano player who loves to add to the ambiance of Don Cafetos. Tortas, tacos, fajitas and fish are top items on the menu for lunch.
Dinner at Don Cafetos
When you are hungry, and not wanting to try too hard for a meal, Don Cafetos is the place to go. Dinners are simple, cheap and true to Mexican cooking. Service is simple, fast and basic. This is nothing fancy, but it sure is delicious. If you have been traveling all day, walking through ruins, cenote swimming or scuba diving, you will find other active travelers having a meal at Don Cafetos.
Looking for something more upscale or adventurous in the Tulum restaurant scene? Check out our review of Hartwood, where a New York chef builds his ideal food experience on the shores of the Tulum beach.