Where To Buy Quality Meat & Seafood During Your Playa del Carmen Vacation Rental Stay
In all likelihood, the last thing on your mind as you plan your beach getaway is what your meal plan will look like. After all, a vacation usually means a break from the kitchen as well. Yet, when staying in a vacation rental, it’s nice to know where to find quality grocery items should you have a hankering from a home cooked meal.
In this edition of Bric’s travel blog, we’ve put together a list of meat and seafood providers in Playa del Carmen. From grass fed beef and tender arrachera flank steak that melts in your mouth to local fishmongers, here’s where to find the goods to prepare an exquisite meal on your next Playa vacation.
Ixchel Gourmet Store
Photo courtesy of Ixchel Gourmet
If organic, ethically sourced meat and seafood is important to you, Ixchel Gourmet Store presents a vast catalog of fine food products. The list includes certified organic pork, chicken, lamb, and grass fed beef.
The animals are raised and butchered humanely, without the use of hormones, additives or GMOs. Any cut of meat is available, as well a variety of wild caught seafood such as tuna, sea bass, and scallops.
Ixchel offers free daily delivery within Playa del Carmen with a minimum 3 kg order. For more info or to place an order, contact them via WhatsApp at +52(984) 212-0804. Alternatively you can visit their Facebook page for current product lists and pricing.
HC Carnes De Monterrey
Located on Calle 1 Sur between 20 and 25th Avenue, HC Carnes offers some of the most scrumptious skirt steak you will ever sink your teeth into. You can dine in the modest eatery or ask for your order to go with all of the fixings. Be sure to add guacamole, corn tortillas, grilled onion, and their divine salsa to build your own tacos at home. You have the choice of picking up arrachera steak raw or they can grill it there within a few minutes.
This is a delicious and quick dinner idea after a day of exploring the Riviera Maya. HC Carnes is open daily from 11am to 8pm except for Mondays (closed). You can place your order via WhatsApp at +52(984) 169-1347.
Viking Smoke Master
Photo courtesy of Viking Smoke Master
Who would have thought you could find tasty Texas-style barbecue in a beach town in southeastern Mexico? Viking Smoke Master’s mouthwatering menu features ribs, brisket, and pulled pork that have been smoked from 6 to 18 hours. Not only will you love the mains, but the creamy coleslaw or mac ‘n cheese are a match made in foody heaven.
You can pick up your order at Viking Smoke Master, located on the corner of Avenida Chemuyil and Avenida Solidaridad (between Avenida Luis Donaldo Colosio and Avenida 28 de Julio on the west side of the highway.) On the other hand, they offer home delivery by calling +52 (984)745 6966. Open from 2pm to 10pm Thursdays to Sundays, sampling these smokehouse delights is a must when you’re in Playa del Carmen.
Also on the west side of the federal highway is Pacsa Deli, a specialty food store providing items you may not find in the chain grocery stores on the touristy side of town. Here you can purchase Certified Angus Beef, Argentinian chorizo sausage, salmon, and tuna to name a few.
You can also pick up seasonings and spices not in typical Mexican grocery stores, as well as gourmet cheeses and fine deli meats. Located on Calle 34 between 70 and 75th Avenue, Pacsa Deli is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, until 3 on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.
This small family-run business is located on the corner of Calle 34 and 35th Avenue. It’s been around for over 2 decades and serves both fresh and frozen seafood products. Conveniently, they will filet the whole fish for you upon request. Discover a variety of sea fare including grouper, red snapper, octopus, prawns and Caribbean lobster when in season.
Open daily from 8:30am to 6pm, Pescaderia Ocean0 offers delivery service to your door with minimum orders of $500 pesos. Depending on your location, there may be a charge of up to $50 pesos. To place your to go or home delivery order, call +52(984) 873-0609.
Chemical Free Produce Provider Cristina Lizardi
Although not meat or seafood, you are going to need sides for your delicious home-cooked and delivered mains. Derived from a farm south of Tulum, Cristina and her team offer home delivery of their harvests of natural, GMO and pesticide-free fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Each week, the sustainable farmers put together 4kg ($500 MXN) and 6kg (700 MXN) baskets of mixed produce. Items can include sage, oregano, arugula, basil, spinach, beets, sweet potato, cucumber, and butternut squash. In addition, they offer a variety of tropical fruit such as pineapple, papaya, bananas, and dragon fruit.
Typically, orders are received between Monday to Thursday via WhatsApp at +52(984) 234-8086 and delivered at the beginning of the week.
Surely, there are limitless possibilities to enjoy divine Mexican and international cuisine in Playa del Carmen. However, if you love to cook, we hope this list of go-to providers of top quality and gourmet food items proves useful on your next Riviera Maya beach vacation.