All roads lead to Amaro, or at least all tourist guidebooks do, which makes the restaurant popular with travelers, who make up the majority of the clientele. This is Mérida's best-known vegetarian restaurant, although it also serves meat-based "international" dishes. The eggplant curry, which tastes more like bland Eggplant Parmesan, would benefit from a generous spoonful of the spice. Amaro also prepares lactose-free versions of many dishes, among them soy enchiladas. Never fear, carnivores! You will find plenty of choices, including chicken in chipotle sauce, made from a chili similar to jalapeño that gains a distinct flavor from the smoky drying process. Amaro occupies a fine 18th century mansion in which the national hero Andrés Quintana Roo was born in 1787, the namesake of the nearby Mexican state. In the evening, candlelight illuminates Amaro's open-air courtyard and iconic 200-year old orchid tree, while soft Trova guitar music fills the air.
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