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Cetli, Tulum

Calle Polar Poniente at Calle Orion Norte
Mexico 77780
Tel: 52 984 108 0681's insider take:

Chef Claudia Pérez Rívas could easily challenge the competition in Mexico City or L.A., but she'd rather grind cinnamon in her metate in a serene house-cum-restaurant on a back street in Tulum. Pérez has traveled extensively throughout Mexico sampling complex moles and highly regionalized recipes, and tropical fruits and local veggies are staples in her repertoire, which includes savory-sweet chiles en nogada, earthy shrimp with huitlacoche, and a Kahlua bread pudding. It's a cash-only operation and service can be mañana-style, but nowhere else on the coast comes as close to presenting the core flavors of Mexico.—Maribeth Mellin

Open Thursdays through Tuesdays 5 to 10 pm.

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