Modern Mexican food was influenced by the cooking methods of its historic cultures, who were among the first to grind corn into tortillas and the first to stuff them with more tortillas. Feed on culinary evolution with this Groupon.
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- $10 for $20 worth of Mexican and Mayan cuisine
- $20 for $40 worth of Mexican and Mayan cuisine
Specialties of the Yucatán pervade the menu, from the cochinita pibil’s marinated and slow-roasted pork ($12.50) to the pollo pibil’s half chicken cooked in special sauce ($11.75). Chefs also whip up traditional Mexican cuisine, such as beef, chicken, or cheese enchiladas ($9.25), as well as jumbo breakfast tacos ($2.75) available all day.
Merida Mexican Restaurant
You could say fate is the reason Merida Mexican Restaurant is able to purvey its authentic Mayan and Mexican dishes today. Founders Olga and Rafael Acosta started their culinary journey in the 1950s after U.S. citizen Olga personally wrote President Eisenhower to request a visa and passport for her new husband. The young couple then moved to Houston, where, after much toil in the refrigerator repair business, Rafael converted his shop into the family’s new restaurant, crossing numerous hurdles as new business owners to set up their original 12-table eatery. Soon the restaurant began to grow around the unique recipes from Rafael’s home, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, drawing in customers with specials and flavors lovingly prepared by Olga. Today the restaurant continues to thrive thanks to its fresh, home-cooked dishes and the continuing spirit of the Acosta family, who stills run it.
Merida’s recipes have spanned three generations, with Rafael’s grandson Junior now behind the restaurant and its culinary specialties, such as cochinita pibil. To prepare it, chefs marinate seasoned pork in an adobo paste, top it with pickled onions, and serve it with Yucatan style black beans. These flavors join the menu’s other subtle flavors and nuanced Mayan dishes that mingle with the crispy tacos and burritos of their traditional Tex-Mex dishes. On weekends, live entertainment injects Merida with the lively sounds of contemporary Latin soul and other energetic acts, creating a destination for fans of the menu’s unique recipes and authentic spirit.
What some people are buzzing about:
Authentically Mexican, uniquely Yucateco, hands down one of the best restaurants in all of Houston.Abe G., Yelp, 5/2/11
One of the best on this good earth. Try the cochinita pibil!Fern I., Yelp, 1/18/11
81% of 231 customers recommend
“great food and service.”
“Good authentic Mexican food. Tamales were excellent. Bit too much cheese on top, but the tamales themselves were good.”
“Take a bull horn to get the waiter/waitress's attention.”
2509 Navigation Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77003