Each year, we celebrate México’s independence, and what better way to do this than getting the whole family together to eat delicious Chiles en Nogada – a traditional meal during this holiday! The invention of this dish goes back to 1821, and its vibrant colors are made to resemble our national flag. If you are a fan of this dish, take advantage of the upcoming Fiestas Patrias. Here we tell you all about the different places in Mérida where you can try this patriotic dish. Try them all!
At the Casa de Piedra restaurant, they celebrate all September with a Chiles en Nogada special on the menu. They are made following the traditional recipe: a filling made with ground meat, apples, and raisins, bathed in a pecan sauce, and garnished with pomegranate seeds and parsley leaves. You don’t need to be a guest of the hotel to eat here, but we do recommend making a reservation ahead of time. Enjoy this dish on the terrace while looking out on the magnificent gardens.
Casa de Piedra
Calle 20 S/N x 19 y 19-A, Comisaría Xcanatún
Tel. (999) 930 2140
Breakfast 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Lunch and dinner 12 pm – 11 pm
If you’re more the practical type and prefer things to be ready for you to enjoy, Costco if the perfect place for you. At the takeout area, you’ll find a package with three Chiles en Nogada which are ready for you to warm up in the oven and enjoy with your family. This dish is available during August and September and the price will make you smile, too. Remember that you need to be a member in order to shop at the store, but you can use your membership from abroad if you have one. Celebrate México’s independence at Costco!
Prolongación Montejo, Cordemex
Mon. – Fri. 10 am – 8:30 pm
Sat. 9:30 am – 9 pm
Sun. 10 am – 8 pm
At this contemporary Mexican restaurant, you’ll enjoy fantastic drinks and ambiance. Also, during the entire month of September, you can try classic Chiles en Nogada – a staple of this month’s celebrations. They use all the original ingredients from this recipe: candied cactus, almonds, brandy, poblano chiles, beef filet, pomegranate seeds, pork loin, apples, walnuts, pine nuts, plantains, goat cheese, and more. Delicious!
Calle 47 #463B x 54 y 52, Centro
Tel. (999) 518 1725
Mon. – Sun. 1 pm – 1 am
Chiles en Nogada are featured on the Sanborns menu during the whole “Mes Patrio” (September), but you should check their social media to ensure the availability of the Chiles by location. You will find this dish under their monthly specials, and it will include some yummy extras such as a beverage, dessert, and coffee, among other things. Of course this dish would have to be available at this traditional Mexican restaurant! Make sure to stop in before they run out!
Gran Plaza, Plaza Altabrisa
Tel. (999) 941 8214
Sun. – Thu. 8 am – 11 pm
Fri. – Sat. 8 am – 1 am
At this restaurant located just steps from Parque de Santiago, in Mérida’s Centro Histórico, you’ll be able to find Chiles en Nogada whenever you’re in the mood for them as they’re available year round. The dish is served with rice. When pomegranates are out of season (as it is one of the main ingredients that serves as a garnish for this dish) cherries are used to add the distinctive pop of red. Check this restaurant out, you won’t be disappointed in the food, or the friendly ambience and cozy indoor patio.
Platos Rotos de Frida
Calle 61 #526-A, Centro
Tel. (999) 928 2311
Mon. – Sat. 8 am – 10 pm
La Parrilla y La Recova
During the month of Fiestas Patrias you’ll want to try the special Chiles en Nogada recipes at La Gloria, La Recova and La Parrilla, available throughout September. Sample different versions of this famous dish that feature poblano chiles stuffed with ground meat and fruit, bathed in a special walnut sauce, and crowned with fresh pomegranate. Without a doubt, a very Mexican dish!
FB: La Parrilla (Mérida)
FB: La Recova Mérida – Parrilla Argentina Contemporánea
Delishop by Bea
If you want to continue savoring Chiles en Nogada in the comfort of your own home (honestly, who doesn’t), you can order them for pickup from Delishop where they will hand them to you ready to eat. They use top-notch ingredients to make this special a must-try of the season: beef filet, white wine, pine nuts, apples, peaches, candied cactus, slivered almonds, and the classic nogada sauce made of pecans. If you love this dish, you have to try them.
Avenida La Ceiba, Fracc. Club de Golf La Ceiba
Tel. (999) 518 5705
Whatsapp: 9999 68 52 58
FB: Delishop Mérida
This restaurant is located in Colonia García Ginerés on Avenida Reforma inside a charming commercial area, and on September 15 Chiles en Nogada are the main event! This year, they are also available on the 13 and 14 of September. However, they also give you the chance to try this dish year round by ordering them ahead of time. The Chiles are served with the soup of the day, rice and beans, you can also order them deep fried, if that’s your thing. Give them a try!
Los Platos Rotos
Plaza Cine Colón, Av. Reforma x Cupules and Colón, Col. García Ginerés
Tel. (999) 925 3097
Mon. – Sat. 12:30 pm – 5 pm
This posh Mexican restaurant has a special menu during September that includes exquisite, upscale versions of some of this season’s most iconic dishes, and of course this includes Chiles en Nogada! Visit them at The Harbor and pamper yourself with a celebratory Independence Day feast.
The Harbor Lifestyle Mall
FB: Porfirios Merida Restaurante
Editorial by Claudia Améndola
Photography by Andrea Mier y Terán and Hacienda Xcanatún for use in Yucatán Today
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