Today I took my boyfriend to Chichen Itza for a pre-birthday meal (we ate at 4 so I don't know what to call that). He has been dying to try Yucatecan food for ages. I had no idea what to expect, beyond the ravings here on the board.
All I can say is this: Dear, beloved Chowhounds, wise and wonderful and helpful, you rock.
We had one salbute, platanos con crema, a vaporcito, citrus and jicama salad, huevos motulenos, and (of course) cochinita pibil.
The cochinita pibil is, hands down, one of the best pork dishes I have ever eaten in my life. It's what I always hope pork will be like, and what it never is: perfectly tender, delightfully seasoned, not too lean and not too fatty. The pickled red onions so perfectly complemented the meat it was like a little revelation each time I put a bite in my mouth. The black beans and rice that accompanied it were amazing.
Huevos rancheros are one of the boyfriend's fave dishes, so he got the motulenos. He wiped the plate clean with piping hot tortillas and could not choose between the huevos and the pork as far as a favorite. I tried the huevos and the combination of flavors was just wonderful.
The salbute, a corn tortilla with shredded turkey, onion, tomato, and avocado, made for a very refreshing flavor in between bites of the richer dishes. Especially when doused with the sour orange and habanero sauce. Same went for the citrus and jicama salad, which provided a good palate cleansing balance.
The vaporcito, a tamale steamed in achiote-chicken sauce, was very tasty, but I must admit that we neglected it somewhat in favor of the other dishes.
And for those of you who love platanos con crema like I do, you will not be disappointed. Fried without being too greasy, and covered in a crema that is so rich and thick it almost looks like paint on the plate.
All this, plus two sodas, for $22.61. And a very, very happy birthday boy. We can't wait to go back.