La Carreta Cubana II

From the sublime to the ridiculous might be the title of this post, in which the Casual Restaurant Critic, after visiting La Recova the other day, along with the BH and the MC dropped by La Carreta Cubana II for some Yucatecan food in the form of botanas which are served (as they are in Heladios and a million other cantina crossover restaurants in Merida) along with a drink order.

This local hangout, kind of run down and a little on the dirty side is tucked away in a neighborhood between Plaza Fiesta area and Prolongación Paseo de Montejo and is not worth seeking out. It may be a local favorite (at least for some locals) and it is cheap, but the food is nothing to write home about, the service is mediocre at best and the ambience is nil, a few notches below the point where charming becomes just plain ugly.

A round of beers means that you get a sampling of botana (snacks or tapas) which consisted of the following (more or less):

  • pickled beets
  • runny sikil pak (pumpkin seed and roasted tomato dip; it’s not supposed to be THIS runny)
  • salsa
  • sliced white bread aka ‘frances
  • a mayonnaise-y dip
  • boiled and possibly pickled pigs ear, chopped
  • cold tortillas
  • other mysterious little plates of things

Are you smacking your lips yet? OK, admittedly this is not Nectar but still, the whole experience was less than satisfying. The plates are the beig colored plastic ones, some with cracks and chips along with a few porcelain cup saucers.

An order of relleno negro and cochinita came but it was completely un-exceptional and the cold machine made or store bought or whatever tortillas were a complete turn-off.

There are a billion places like this in Merida where the biggest draw is how cheap it is. This lunch was about $100 pesos. Cheap doesn’t have to be synonymous with this however. Look at La Susana in Kanasin. It’s ridiculously cheap but is nowhere near the dumpiness of this place.

If you want to try this traditional Yucatecan lunch, go to Heladios or Los Henequenes.

On a scale of one to five, this place rates a solid 1.

3 thoughts on “La Carreta Cubana II

  1. I discovered your blog just last night and let me tell you. I was addicted and read the whole thing! Hence the bags under my eyes this morning. Great job on such a witty and fun read. I was disappointed that the entries did not date back as far as 1998 though. 😉

    My question is in regards to service. Its apparent that you and I share the same views on it and I guess I have come to expect a certain standard of service anywhere I go but I’m wondering, is it just you and me that is annoyed by bad service? Do Mexican locals seemed just as annoyed when the bill/ extra fork/ margaritas on the rock take an eternity to arrive?

    How do they usually handle it? Any observations about that side of the coin would be greatly appreciated.

    I am still in the US and hope to move to Merida by the end of the year but your blog has raised that one question in my mind. Should I just ease up, go with the flow because everyone else seems to do the same? or is it reasonable to expect good service in Merida too?


  2. Thanks for stopping by MexicaChica!!! I am so flattered that you enjoyed the ramblings. I have tried to answer your query in the latest post ‘regarding service’. I hope it helps! Salud!

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