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A real find! Mi Lindo Yucatan

Syre | Jan 9, 200401:33 AM

Okay, this is a real “Chowhound worthy” place. An (seemingly) authentic, low-priced Yucateco Mexican restaurant!

I tried it last night with a friend, and was quite impressed.

Mi Lindo Yucatan
401 Valencia (at 15th)

The first good sign was that we were presented with a bowl of chips and two salsas when we sat down. The waiter pointed to one of them and said “this one is very hot.” I’m always skeptical of such statements, since many restaurants still make all kinds of concessions for what they assume is the “American taste”. But this hot sauce was the real thing. A tiny amount burned in that way that only habanero peppers can really burn. So far so good!

Were hungry, so we started with appetizers. My friend had a Chicken Tostada ( $1.75) which was perfectly acceptable, with fresh avocado and nicely marinated chicken.

I opted for the Brazo de Reina (Ka’ Xu Nan) ($5.75), which turned out to be large enough to serve as a vegetarian meal (one of the few meatless items on the menu). It was described as “Hard boiled egg, pumpkin seeds and tomato wrapped in special dough with spinach”. In fact, it was something like a giant tamale, served on a banana leaf. The spinach was mixed into the dough, which enclosed chopped hard boiled eggs and tomato. It was served with a tangy red sauce on top. I thought it was an excellent dish and quite unusual.

For a main course, I had the Escabeche de Pavo ($7.25), described on the menu as “Hot marinated turkey”. This turned out to be pieces of fresh roasted turkey served in a broth. It was unimpressive-looking but tasted much better than it looked: an interesting and wholesome flavor, tangy, spicy and a little salty. With the turkey came two large cylindrical slices of a sausage-like preparation which I was told contained ground turkey and pieces of egg yolk. This was a little spicy and also quite good. There were pickled onions served on top of the turkey.

My friend had Cochinita Pibil ($6.75), the classic Yucateco roasted pork dish with achiote, steamed in banana leaves. This was quite a lot of meat, and was about as I remember the dish tasting when I had it in the Yucatan several years ago. Homemade tortillas were served with our main courses.

If you are craving Yucateco food or have never tried it, visit Mi Lindo Yucatan.

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