Feb 26, 2007, 11:24 PM
Post #1 of 12
I've found that bars that serve botanas are common in some parts of Mexico and not others. In the state of Yucatan, they are common. But, there is a big difference in what you get, some places think some chips and salsa are enough.
Mérida has some famous botana bars, Eladio's is one that has about 6 locations. The one I've been to has live music, is a huge room with lots of tables, lots of noise and laughing and a great vibe. The food is good and they keep it coming as long as you keep ordering drinks. It's not a great place to have a conversation though.
This weekend we went to another smaller botana bar that was quieter and the food was outstanding. The name of it is D'Pilón, which is an interesting word in Mexico. I was told that it means 'a little extra' such as when you buy 9 and get the 10th one free. Also, if the last child is born several years after the previous ones, that child is often called El Pilón. Our friends said it was something started by Presidente Cardenas but that it has fallen out of style now and you can rarely get un pilón anymore.
This was the first round of dishes, they started arriving as soon as we placed our drink order. I didn't get a picture of the next 3 rounds but every 10 minutes they would come with 6 or 7 more plates of food. All of it was delicious and we asked them to stop finally as no one could eat anymore.
The 2 big bowls of soup were Sopa de Limón and Sopa de Albóndigas., Sopa de Limón is a traditional Yucatan soup and we've had it in many places and many times. This was the absolute best we have ever tasted. The small plates held warm refried black beans, ceviche, chicharrones in red sauce, potato salad, cucumbers in vinegar, small enchiladas, sliced pieces of a local tamal called Abrazos de Reina (that is what is sitting on the banana leaf), 2 small dishes of a cilantro garlic sauce and a pumpkin seed sauce, one large plate with 3 tacos de chilmole and chicken with slices of hard boiled egg.
Because I didn't take a picture of the later plates, I can't remember what they were except for Poc Chuc and strings of spicy sausage. It may also be because I was doing my part to keep the largesse flowing and had 3 rum and cokes. Mimi and Pati only had sodas though and it didn't seem to matter.
Jonna - Mérida, Yucatán