Food in the Yucatán
This article is a primer on Yucatecan Cuisine.
The culinary delights of a typical Yucatecan kitchen come from a mouth-watering mixture of European and Mexican flavors. A bit of history will explain this strong European influence. Once upon a time the Yucatecan peninsula was considered to be too far away and too difficult to reach from the rest of Mexico. Mountainous terrain and very poor roads kept the peninsula isolated.
Having ports with commercial and cultural contacts with Europe (especially France), New Orleans, and Cuba, the Yucatecans were easily influenced by many aspects of these countries, such as dress, architecture and cooking, which explains why there is a lot of European flair in its cuisine...
And here is a great article on Yucatecan salsas.
La variedad gastronómica de alto nivel es el protagonista principal en Casa Dominga. Albergamos opciones gastronómicas tanto locales como nacionales promoviendo el sentido de comunidad, tradición y tendencia.
Note that this is precisely one block from Casa Guadalupe on calle 47
Hmmmm… tacos! When you finally discover real Yucatecan tacos, how can you not fall in love? Don’t you just love those Maya-palm-sized tortillas heaped with a tasty combination of meats or fish or veggies, topped with a spicy salsa, some fresh onions, avocados, tomatoes, cheese or black beans? Pour on a little salsa habanero, roll it into a mini handheld burrito and pop it into your mouth! Four of those is a filling meal, eaten in about ten minutes. Fast food, Yucatán style! Heaven on the tongue!
In our experience, which is far from exhaustive, there are good taco stands in every corner of the city. In fact, most of the ones we know about are not in the Centro, curiously. They aren’t all on the Paseo de Montejo either… in fact, some of them are downright difficult to find for the uninitiated...
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In Mérida: Mercado Municipal; at corner of north-south running Calle 56 and east-west running Calle 65. Very large; typical food market on ground floor, but top floor occupied by a handicraft market, the Bazar de Artesanías Municipales, specializing in hammocks, embroidered clothes, straw bags, pottery, and filigree jewelry...
Ever smiling owner of El Negro taqueria Sr. Buenaventura Couoh makes his clients happy and eager to return to his exquisite seafood mini-restaurant. Located in Mérida’s city center on calle 64 between 59 and 61 is this little restaurant with a well deserved reputation built over twenty years for fresh “mariscos” or seafood tacos and sandwiches. Reasonably priced with rapid service and top quality, they have the recipe for success. Open from 7 AM to 3 PM every day. They also feature turkey, pork and regional dishes. Catering is available on request. Tel. 924-44-45.
Slow Food is an international grassroots membership organization promoting good, clean and fair food for all. We envision a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.
Slow Food is a nonprofit, eco-gastronomic, member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat – where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food brings together pleasure and responsibility. The Yucatán chapter celebrates our diversity of local food production and rich culinary heritage, and aims to preserve, promote and enjoy it for generations to come. Slow Food Yucatán will promote the healthy growing and eating of locally farmed and produced food, and preserve the region’s unique culinary history. This in turn provides economic benefits to the local farmers, and healthy and delicious benefits to everyone who eats in Yucatán.
The smell of meat cooking has my cat Hobbsie screaming outside the kitchen door. But I won’t let him in just now… I am making Chiles en Nogada, a signature dish from the state of Puebla. There’s no special occasion, it is just “that time of year”...