- El Fish on the corner of 8 North and 10
- El Pioline on the corner of 3 South and 15
- Las Boyas just up the block on 3 from El Pioline
- El Gato Negro on 6 North near 20th.
- One directly behind the San Francisco Market on 30th & Juarez. I didn't get the name of this one (it's on 25th) but it had a very nice manager, Don Manual, and had 2 rooms = one for the men so they could be rowdy together and one for "families". If it says "familiar" on the front women are welcome. I was surprised at the number of local ladies I saw in these places... girlfriends going out to chat and have a beer. It's not just us shameless Americanas.
The botanas were welcome and intriguing. They included sliced cucumbers, mini sausages and other meats, refried beans & chips, conch ceviche, fish ceviche, spicy potatoes, nachos & salsa, chicken wings, a fish, green pea & mayo dish and once a plate of enchiladas. Served with toothpicks for a bite-sized bite. The more beer you order, the more food shows up. The bottles are usually left on the table for the final tally. At Gato Negro, a local group of men came in with a fish for the kitchen to cook. As they were sitting next to our table I asked them in my bad Spanish about their catch. They were happy with their good day, wanting to talk about it and ended up sharing their abundance with our table to the point I went home with a doggy bag!
My local friend said to me more than once: "This is the real Cozumel. Tourists don't come here". Without a doubt I was welcomed and encouraged to come back. Check it out... and please post about others you know.