The town of Tulum is growing daily with new businesses opening left and right. Every year new restaurants and stores find their way to this little Caribbean beach town as its popularity grows. Fortunately for Tulum and visitors, many of the cornerstone business that made Tulum what it is today still exist. One of these businesses is a small restaurant at the south end of Tulum called Restaurant Doña Tina’s Cocina Economica.
Grandmother Doña Tina opened the first restaurant in Tulum in 1960. The original building was a wooden palapa which is still part of the restaurant. As her business grew so did the building. Visitors can sit in either the original wooden structure or the concrete addition. As a pillar of Tulum past and present, Doña Tina’s Restaurant brings both locals and visitors together. Her traditional-style Mexican cooking is loved by many and just continues to attract more customers. If you want a local, authentic experience this is the place you want to eat.
Doña Tina cooks what she knows, traditional Yucatecan recipes. The most popular dish is Sopa de Lima or Lime soup. Other traditional favorites are Chilaquiles (a breakfast dish made with tortilla chips, green or red salsa, topped with eggs or chicken), Huevos con Chorizo (eggs with Mexican sausage)and Milanesa (breaded chicken, pork or beef) to name a few. Her coffee is well known as Dona Tina insists on adding cinnamon to each cup. Try her homemade Horchata, a rice milk drink flavored with vanilla and cinnamon. All of her dishes are inexpensive and portions are large. Each dish comes with delicious rice, beans, and vegetables. Not only are you getting a piece of culture at a good price but the food is healthy as well.
Doña Tina’s Restaurant is on the outskirts of Tulum at the southern end of town. It is across from the Subway Sub shop, on the west side of Hwy 307. Make this is a stop whether you are staying in Tulum or just passing through. It is our favorite lunch place after visiting the Tulum ruins!