Ah, Chilaquiles, the breakfast food of the gods. It’s more than merely fried tortilla, the sauce of your choice, chicken, eggs, cheese, cream, and possibly onion, this meal is a gem that will seriously make you rethink your life path and meal choices for the rest of your mornings on Earth. In Yucatán, we have a vast quantity of restaurants that serve this delicious dish; however, we personally took the time and effort (Chilaquiles tasting is hard) to come up with some excellent choices to make your mornings even more exquisite
Located in Plaza Luxus, close to Plaza Altabrisa, Voltacafé has some of the best Chilaquiles around. With comfy areas and great coffee to have with your dish, this is definitively a place to spend a leisurely morning. Make sure to visit on an empty stomach, as their servings are generous. Woke up feeling adventurous? Try the Torta de Chilaquiles, a type of sub filled with Chilaquiles. Bring on the carbs.
Calle 20 #235 x 15 Col. Altabrisa, Mérida
Tel. (999) 429 9840
Mon. – Sun. 8 am – 10 pm
This restaurant inside Le Muuch boutique hotel in Valladolid will surround you with pretty lighting and décor and then surprise you with even prettier (and tasty!) food. Choose between green or red sauces, eggs or chicken (you can always do both) and pair it with their fresh juice of the day. Their traditional Chilaquiles will have you up and running for a day of strolling down La Calzada de los Frailes and a visit to the ex convent of San Bernadino.
Calle 42 x 35 y 33, Valladolid
Tel. (985) 856 4099
FB: Ku’xub Restaurante
Mon. – Sun. 7:30 am – 10:30 pm
Te extraño, extraño
We tried the “divorced” Chilaquiles (half red sauce, half green) because you can have the best of both worlds and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The controversy surrounding die hard red versus green Chilaquil lovers has been an ongoing battle as long as time, one that can now come to a resolution, at least in part. The restaurant is located inside Lagalá, an Instagram-worthy gallery and cultural center.
Calle 56 #426 x 47 Centro, Mérida
Tel. (999) 921 1304
FB: Te extraño, extraño – Cocina Contemporánea
Mon. – Sat. 8 am – 6 pm, Sun. 8 am – 4 pm
Ever wanted to doze off and have Chilaquiles at lunch time? Chillakilez understands and will allow you to have some until 5 pm. In a build-your-own style, you can personalize your meal by adding extra ingredients (give me all the avocado!) and choosing between different sauces and types of Totopos. Specializing in this dish, Chilakilez dares to offer exotic options like Mole sauce, Castacán, and Arrachera. Every day from 1 to 4 pm enjoy their “Killer Lunch,” which includes a medium order of “Chilakilez,” an Agua Fresca, and ice cream.
Calle 57 #498-A x 56 y 58 Centro, Mérida
Tel. (999) 177 9208
FB: Chilakilez – Morning Food and Treats
Tue. – Sat. 9 am – 5 pm, Sun. 9 am – 3 pm
A quirky little spot, Flores Café will make you feel you’re having brunch at your eccentric aunt’s house. A stuffed purple monkey hangs from the ceiling, quotes both in English and Spanish are plastered around the restaurant, and a variety of distinct chairs and tables decorate the room. Get ready for some serious homemade Chilaquiles and a fun time. Order the café de olla (coffee with cinnamon and raw cane sugar) for an extra punch to your am.
Calle 16 x Av. Colón y 23 Col. Garcia Ginerés, Mérida
Tel. (999) 287 3814
FB: Flores Café
Mon. – Fri. 7:30 am – 4 pm, Sat. 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Spend a late Sunday morning lounging in Paseo 60 and head over to Merci. This restaurant describes itself as Yuca-French fusion cuisine. The “Chilaquiles Merci” are made of red sauce with Longaniza brought straight from Valladolid, beans at the bottom of the plate, a sunny-side-up egg, radish, avocado, cream, red onion, and cheese. You can also add chicken if you like. You’ll be dumbfounded by the raw power of the Chilaquil.
Calle 60 #346 x 33 y 35-A Centro, Mérida
Tel. (999) 941 6886
FB: Merci Mid
Mon. – Sun. 8 am – 5 pm
Editorial by Greta Garrett
Photography by Greta Garrett and other source for their use in Yucatán Today
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