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La Habichuela

25 Margaritas
Cancún , Mexico http://www.lahabichuela.com/
52 998 884-3158

A local favorite since the city’s infancy and by now a must for visitors, the “Green Bean”—run out of the owner’s family home—is the fancy older sister of next-door Labná. The emphasis is on Caribbean flavors plus Mexican classics like chicken mole; regulars rave about the unusual, delicate cream of green bean soup. Somewhat like the menu, the back garden’s décor is incongruous but alluring: lacy wrought-iron chairs and candlelit tables stand among faux ruins—stone reproductions of Mayan deities, friezes, and stelae—draped with flowering hibiscus. It’s the perfect jungle setting for a late-evening order of Xtabentun, a liqueur of honey and anise.

Insider Tip: Bypass the seafood and steaks—good but no better than those at many other Cancún restaurants—in favor of the Mexican specialties like chicken enchiladas in green tomato sauce.

Signature Dish: Cocobichuela, a lobster and shrimp curry topped with tropical fruit and served in a coconut shell.

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