After climbing the pyramid at Coba and swimming in a cenote, our group was positively starving. We drove back to the village of Coba and stopped for lunch at Nicte-Ha, a restaurant that specializes in traditional Mayan dishes. As soon as we sat down, our waiter brought delicious fresh tortillas and home-made salsa. For the main course, three choices were offered: beef fajitas, roasted chicken or pork, all cooked with a special blend of local spices. I ordered the chicken and although the food was really good at our hotel, this was by far the best meal I had all week! It was cooked to perfection and served with a hefty portion of Mexican rice and fried beans. We ordered some cold beer to wash it all down and thanked our guide many times for finding this great spot for us!
Favorite Dish: I loved the chicken but pork is supposed to be the real house specialty.
First you had a little bit of a ball with you-never-know-what. You had to make this into a little flat pancake in a little piece of plastic.
When you a had luck and you did that alright, grandma would take the pancake a placed it on the hot plate you can see on the right of her (left on the picture).
You had to wait only 1 minute and then you had made your own Mexican pancake !
Este restaurante, es muy pequeño, y su horario es de 17:00 a 23:00 hrs.. Es agradable y limpio..no cuenta con musica, pero puedes platicar con la gente del lugar...siempre esta lleno, así que el horario recomendable es de 6 a 8 de la noche.. es muy bueno para ir a comer y conocer los famosos panuchos, salbutes y tacos yucatecos..ahh...mucho maiz...
NO ES RECOMENDABLE PARA VEGETARIANOS O QUE TENGAN UNA DIETA RIGUROSA...
Favorite Dish: Si de comida yucateca hablamos...ahh...me pinto solo....recomendable los salbutes...dos para ser precisos...y con mucha salsa verde...o para aquellos que practican deporte extremo...con salsita de chile habanero... ahhh...picante
We had this visite and we were taken into the garden. In a little wooden shet was grandma making little pancakes (tortillas).
First she made a few and then Leny and I had a go.....dont start laughing cause its harder then you would think.
We had the hounnor to eat the ones we made ourselves.
Favorite Dish: I bed this must be tortillas cause grandma didnt made us a big meal.
Wherever we go we always stick to the local kitchen of the region we visit. And I mean LOCAL not the simplified tourist version.
a) Taco Bell - NOT FOR US.
b) Street vendor selling tacos straight from his slightly bit up cooler - YUMMY!!!!!
a) Mayan waitress dressed up in pristine clean, ironed and starched Mayan outfit with manicured nails - NOT FOR US.
b) Mayan cook/waitress/cleaner in her not so new dress with Mayan earth on her hands, pollo blood on her apron and Mayan, golden smile - THAT IS THE FOOD WE ARE LOOKING FOR!!!!
Favorite Dish: We always struck the conversation with the server, even if there is a language barrier, there is always a sign language of happy belly.
The difference between touristy places and the honest local eateries is that in touristy places server will sell you whatever needs to "move", but in local "honest" place they will recommend you the dish they are the most proud of, because it is their home after all and they want you not only to bring the $$$ but they want you feel special and impress you with their culinary skills.
We always leave honest "american" tip so the servers not only remember us for the future, but they also remember what did we ate few days ago and next time recommend something new to try.
After all if you pay $10 for your dinner leaving $1.50 or even $2.00 will not ruin your vacation but if it may make a difference for a hard working staff - it just makes your meal taste so much better ;-)
We all nomewat know Mexican food. One way or another we stumbled upon Taco Bell hoping for something ethnic, good......well we were probably desapointed but at least we learned few words like taco, quesadilla, empanada......
I remember my Taco Bell experience and after just one visit I was thinking how anybody can eat that?????
Well, Mexican food is not what's sold in Taco Bell.
MExican food is made od sun, love (the two kinds of love....the one from the heart ...and...sex).
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