The staff is very friendly, the atmosphere is charming, but the food is terrible. With so many wonderful places to eat, and such delicious food all about Merida, don't waste your time or money on this place! We ordered two chaya drinks, two entrees, and one dessert and the bill came to $681 pesos, not including the tip! That is a considerable amount of money for dinner for two in Merida. One of the entrees was Queso Relleno, which is a common child's dish, akin to ordering macaroni and cheese in the US. The cheese was hard, difficult to chew, and lacked any flavor. It was served with minced habanero chilies inside, and a roasted habanero chili on top, but there was no warning given. I unknowingly ate the entire whole habaero, and upon realizing what had just happened, my son had to leave the table and find someone to help me. It was extremely painful and my eyes watered so badly, I looked like I was weeping. Our waiter brought me sugar, which we later found out makes the burning worse (salt would have arrested the heat), and I drank my son's glass of milk. When I explained to a local man what had happened at La Tradicion, he was so angry that he wanted to visit the restaurant to tell them off! It made him angry that they put the habanero on the dish in the first place, but then didn't warn me, and he said they never should have treated a tourist that way. I have since learned that because of the way dairy interacts with the oil in chilies (which is why the milk helped), diced habanero and cheese is a terrible pairing for food. My son's shrimp was dry, overcooked and tasteless, and the entire meal was a great disappointment. The wait staff was not very attentive, but nevertheless nice, but it did not make up for the food being so bad. We were the only customers in the restaurant the entire time we were there (during the dinner hour)- another bad sign.
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