The Many Plates of Mérida

If you're looking for a good meal in Mérida, you won't have to look far. The vibrant capital of the Yucatán has restaurants upon restaurants of Insta-worthy local dishes that will not only give you your share of mouthwatering photos, but will also fill your belly with scrumptious flavors.

Need some tips on what to order while in Mérida? Try these delicious options:

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Sopa de lima

This tasty soup consists of shredded turkey in a light, salty broth flavored with lime and topped with tortilla strips. As a meal, or an appetizer – a bowl of sopa de lima is an enjoyable and unique take on soup! 

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Panuchos are handmade crispy corn tortillas that are split open and filled with black bean puree. You will typically find these tasty treats topped with shredded turkey or tender pork, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, pickled onions, and avocado. This dish is easily one of the more Insta-worthy plates around. Find out for yourself!

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Tamal Colado

This polenta-like meal consists of meat (usually pork or turkey) cooked inside a corn masa (dough) wrapped in a banana leaf. While delightful, this dish usually needs a little extra flavor, such as salsa. It's not the prettiest of plates, but it's definitely worth tasting!

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Empanadas are always a good idea! In Mérida, empanadas come in many forms: with chicken, cheese, shark meat, and pork. They’re typically served with shredded lettuce, sour cream, and tomato sauce drizzled on top. You can't go wrong with empanadas!

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Helados (ice cream) and sorbetes (sorbet) are very popular in Mérida. They come in many fruit flavors, including mango, watermelon, dragon fruit, and more. If you have dietary restrictions like dairy intolerance, you're in luck. There are many sorbets on the menu in Mérida which are 100% dairy-free while still being extremely sweet and delicious. Order yourself one of these tasty treats to cool off on a hot day, (which is basically everyday in Mérida.)

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