The Rodistar Churrascaria & Sandwich

Playa del Carmen has a new place where you can get a taste of authentic northern Mexico beef, located in one of the fastest growing parts of the city.

One thing that I always hear, primarily from friends from northern Mexico, is in regards to the quality of beef in the Yucatan. For those of you who are craving a good cut of beef, either as a sandwich or plate, you will be happy to know that The Rodistar, Playa’s newest restaurant, has got what you are looking for.

Rodistar is a churrascaria, which translates to barbecue, a popular South American style of rotisserie. They get their meat from Torreon, which is located in the northern state of Coahuila. I took my friend, who also happens to be from Torreon, in order to get a second opinion, and she gave a big thumbs up. This place tasted like home.

I first spoke with one of the owners named Nector. He explained that their vision was to have a restaurant located in an area of Playa that would cater to the working population rather than tourists, and their choice of location across from Plaza las Americas means that they are in a high traffic area that is growing fast.

Attila, another of the establishment’s partners, gave me a quick explanation of the many options available. They have arrachera, top sirloin, chicken and choripan. I went for their signature dish, the sandwich de picaña, which goes for 159 pesos. I found the beef tender enough to bite into and chew easily. As I finished up my meal, I was offered a taste of one of their specialties, called pan de la chimenea, which is an oven baked bread. It comes in many different flavors including natural, coco, Nutella and chocolate chip.

Needless to say, I was quite full after my meal and had little room for any dessert, but with so many delicious options to choose from, I can’t wait to return and try out something else.

The Rodistar is located on Avenida 115 and CTM, Plaza Inn, Playa del Carmen. For more information and a look at their menu you can visit their website


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