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The food at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun is exceptional. Both the Club Grill, which specializes in grilled meats and seafood, and Fantino, with its Mediterranean cuisine, rate AAA Five Diamonds.

With the Ritz Kids Meal Plan children ages 5 through 11 can order food from any of the restaurants' children's menus, including the room service children's menus, plus soft drinks, snacks from the pool bar children's menu, food from the buffets, as well as unlimited ice cream from the cart by the pool. The per day, per child rate is available year-round except for the Christmas and New Year's holiday period. For kids with big appetites or a willingness to sample items from the buffet, the Ritz Kids Meal Plan is a good deal.

"The meal plan is fun for kids and freedom for the parents," says Michael Naather, associate director of Food and Beverage. "If kids want something to drink or an ice cream, they just go get it. The parents do not have to sign every time."

Along with such reassuring dinner choices as pasta with tomato sauce, kids discover dinner choices that reflect the restaurant.

Without the plan children 11 and younger pay half-price at the buffets. For kids under age 5 and for those with small appetites, the simple entrees from the children's menu may prove less expensive than the meal plan.

To get great food, you don't have to reserve a table at one of the resort's Five Diamond restaurants.

Club Grill
At the Club Grill, known for its grilled meats and seafood, and one of the resort's two AAA Five Diamond restaurants, grilled chicken and filet mignon are on the menu.

At Fantino, the resort's other AAA Five Diamond restaurant, known for its Mediterranean cuisine, kids can opt for beef filet with potato gnocchi. At Fantino entrees include herb crusted lamb, roasted salmon and truffle crusted scallops. Leave room for dessert because Fantino specializes in souffles chocolate, cappuccino, coconut and more.

Kids' choices for lunch at the casual Caribe, overlooking the beach, and offer steamed fish, mini-burgers, ham and cheese quesadilla or small pizza. Breakfast options such as French toast, pancakes, or scrambled eggs. The Caribe Bar & Grill overlooks the beach and serves a really tasty mahi mahi wrap as well as salads and hamburgers (entrees about $15-$18 US).

Culinary Center
For more tasty treats try Chef Rory Dunaway's chef's table dinner at the Culinary Center. The chef also hosts tastings of six wines on Saturday nights and tastings of six tequilas on Friday nights.

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