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Pancho's Backyard, San Miguel

Avenida Melgar, between calles 8 and 10
San Miguel , Cozumel
Mexico 77600
Tel: 52 987 872 2141's insider take:

Cheery marimba musicians play trilling tunes during lunch at this downtown courtyard spot, when cruise-ship day-trippers arrive to tuck into fishbowl-sized margaritas and deep-fried chimichangas. Why, oh, why don't they just stay at the restaurant's other location in the Puerto Maya cruise terminal? No matter; the whole climate changes when the white sea monsters chug away at sunset. Then you can order a jar of sangria and a bowl of silky cream-of-cilantro soup to cool the palate, then fire it back up with chipotle-spiced beef dishes (beware the blistering habañero salsa if you don't like your heat index too high). Dining here can be so seductive you might end up buying all-new dishes and glassware at Los Cinco Soles, the tasteful yet massive souvenir shop in Panchos' front yard.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 11:30 pm; Sundays 5 to 11:30 pm.

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