Spent almost 2 weeks all over the Yucatan, with the following highlights and lowlights:
- Mercado Santa Ana for breakfast (go early – they open around 6am) – excellent jugos (try one with chaya), papdzules, etc.
- La Reyna Itzalana (yellow stall on the corner) in Santiago neighborhood, across from the Santiago church – combine with a visit a block away to Casa Catherwood - http://www.casa-catherwood.com/cather... - by far our best meal in Merida
- Alberto’s Continental – a MASSIVE disappointment
- Casa de Frida – good, but I wasn’t totally blown away. A good mid-range option though.
- Main Mercado – for salbutes
Uxmal – The Pickled Onion, halfway between SacBe Bungalows and the Flycatcher Inn, in Santa Elena. Amazingly good, especially considering the far flung location.
Izamal – EL Toro is a decent option. Good salbutes and pavo al escabeche.
Posada Margherita – good, fresh pasta Italian. Supposed to be one of the best restaurants in Tulum and it was good, but I wasn’t bowled over.
El Tabano – The absolute highlight of the trip. We ate 4 meals here. They have only been open for 3 months and are really doing something else altogether at this place. Truly caring cooking done by the sweet and beautiful Laura, a Spanish ex-pat who previously was a middle school mathematics teacher at a Redwood City, CA bilingual school. Everything we ordered there without exception was head and shoulders above anything else in the area. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and their most expensive entrees (e.g., a Catalan version of bouillabaisse, roasted fish, pork chops, chile rellenos) topped out at 120 pesos. Incredible salads, soups, desserts – really cannot say enough. Located directly across the street from Hemingway Bungalows in the Zona Hotelera, right near Maya Tulum.