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“Great for 'real' Yucatecan food”
Review of Habaneros

Ranked #29 of 870 Restaurants in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: HABANEROS is a restuaurante that gives you the best regional food in Merida Yucatan, as well as other dishes typical of the major culinary regions of Mexico.Amid a warm and intimate atmosphere, accompanied by excellent service, we invite you to enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience.
Reviewed August 31, 2012

This is one of the best restuarants currently available in Merida. As long as you don't visit at Mexican lunch time (2pm-4pm). Unfortunately, as it's a family run business, their a little short on waiting staff, and when it gets busy at lunch you'll find the service struggles a little. My third beer never materialised and the personal chili didn't happen either. If you visit outside of this time though, I can't fault this place.

The first time we went, it was me, my partner and our 2 year daughter. She was fascinated by the lady making tortillas by hand and cooking them over a stone fire (even if it did house a gas burner!). We got salsa made to our specification with the chilis we chose, and a green or red tomato base.

Next time, we took the whole family, 3 kids and two adults. The attention paid to the kids was great. They all felt special and practiced their terrible Spanish with the very patient owners.

I would recommend the pipian for those that don't like it too spicy and the grilled sausage for those that do. The tortillas are piping hot (warm, not spicy) and yuo're just far enough off the beaten track for it to not be full of tourists (three blocks West of Gran Plaza).

Unfortunately, I don't think it will still be there in a year's time. I hope I'm wrong because it is really good, but I think outside of the lunch time slot, it's just not busy enough.

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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Want a lunch that you will be taking about for days....try Habaneros. Not on the menu, ask one of the many chiefs...they are there to please and eating here will please you each time. Try the shrimp pizza....wow...makes me hungry just thinking about Habaneros.

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Reviewed March 12, 2012

I've been in Merida plenty of times and I always seek for the best local food. I really love the food from Merida.
I only get a chance to come to this city twice a year and I get the luxury of choosing the best recommended restaurants in town.
Well, this one has everything I need. I tried my favorite food, Papadzules, which they are not easy to make as good as these ones. I also had Panuchos and then Poc Chuc. My colleague had Relleno Blanco and I was very close to ask for Relleno Negro, but I refrain myself to see if I get a chance to go again tomorrow.
I highly recommend this place. Service is outstanding as well.

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Thank jlandrade
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

Young and vibrant spouse owners, you will get personal attention since they also waiter, it’s a small restaurant with really good ambient, uses really fresh ingredients nothing is frozen, is made right at the moment, nothing fancy and very clean. Owners make everything possible for a unique experience. Menu is based on local dishes but there is a B-side which also serves food from different regions of Mexico, so plenty of options. This place is just around the corner from Siglo XXI Convention Center, between Gran Plaza mall and Galerias Merida mall. We discovered this place by coincidence looking for a place to eat after doing shopping, just gave us a good hunch and stopped there. Since then, whenever we travel to Merida we stop there about 2 -3 times during our stay. By the way Fondant Habaneros is a must for dessert!!!

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