Near the southern entrance to town, Restaurante Los Almendros (Calle 24 s/n; 997/972-0021; 10 a.m.–9 p.m. daily, US$5–12) is a Ticul institution and one of the best típico eateries in town. The restaurant claims this is where poc chuc, a very popular meat dish served all over the Yucatán Peninsula, was invented. True or not, the food here, mostly Maya-influenced, is excellent.
Facing the central plaza, La Carmelita (Calle 23 at Calle 26, tel. 997/972-0515, 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. daily, US$2–8) is a mom-and-pop restaurant serving good, no-frills Yucatecan dishes to a loyal clientele. The fish plates and shrimp cocktails are particularly popular and with good reason—they’re fresh and tasty, a rarity this far from the coast. Look for the tinted windows.
Pizzería La Gondola (Calle 23 at Calle 26-A, tel. 997/972-0112, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. and 5–11 p.m. daily, US$4–10) may have somewhat reluctant service, but the pizza and pasta dishes are well prepared and make a nice culinary alternative to Mexican food, if you need it.
Super Willy’s (Calle 23 between Calles 28 and 30, 7:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. daily) is a large supermarket with produce, canned food, munchies, and more. Across the street, the small town mercado (6 a.m.–2 p.m. daily) has fresh fruits, vegetables, and small lunch stands dishes, plus clothes, shoes, and other doodads.
© Gary Chandler & Liza Prado from Moon Yucatán Peninsula, 9th edition