Type: Mexican/American Eatery with a British touch
Neighborhood: Chelem, three blocks past Centro, across from the baseball field
Address: Calle 19, Chelem, Yucatan
How to Get There from the Centro: Go north on Prolongación Paseo de Montejo, heading toward Progreso. Continue under the Periferico overpass for awhile. Take the Chelem exit, driving for a stretch until you reach a glorieta (roundabout). The Chelem police station is on the right. Take a left at the glorieta, heading towards Chelem Centro. Once past the church, Taco Maya is on the right, three blocks from Centro, across the street from the baseball field.
Air Conditioned: No, ceiling fans. This is the beach!
Outdoors: Covered patio
Drinks: Homemade lemonade, fresh fruit punches, great coffee
Payment: Cash only
Hours: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Thursday through Sunday
Pricing: What do British flags, Zapatistas, and Pink Flamingos have in common? Tacomaya, affectionately referred to as Tacky’s by area expats, is owned by Paul Lawrence and Carol Trumble. This dynamic British/Quebec couple weaves kitschy globally-inspired magic throughout the dining experience. While sipping a fresh-brewed coffee or a cold glass of lemonade served from a cobalt blue tequila bottle, you are treated to eye candy galore! What do you look at first? The colorful plastic papel picado streamers swaying in the Gulf breeze? A Mexican shabby chic book case beckoning you to select a romance novel? Or smiling Jackson Pollack-ish barracudas painted on palm fronds by Pablo? As you might suspect from the surroundings, there is more than meals being served at Tacomaya. Once a month, during Snowbird season, Tacomaya hosts the Funky Market, a festive crafts fair highlighting artisans and artists from the communities surrounding Chelem. Are you seeking a taste of the exotic? Tacomaya’s once a month evening themed feasts, prepared by guest chefs, bring Greek, Spanish, Italian, and French cuisine to beachcombers. Don’t forget to dress for the occasion… it is part of the fun!
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