Restaurant Aviles Review
February 2010

Motul, Yucatán, México

Lydia Linton Pontius

Located a few blocks away from the main square in Motul, Restaurant Aviles is across the street from the bullfighting ring. It is a family-owned operation that has been in the same family for at least two generations; the family also owns the bullfighting ring. It is a local institution and, when they are not open for business as a restaurant, they are utilizing their huge space in the back for private parties. They are known for their local cuisine and great catering. We stopped and asked several locals where they would suggest we have our lunch and unanimously the answer was "Aviles."

The menu is limited, but each item is authentic, fresh and, from what we tried, exquisite. Xama, the owner, came by our table and introduced herself. Her English was great and she explained to us that her parents moved to the United States, where they still live, and she was educated there. Once she completed her education she decided to return to the Yucatán and take up the family business. She and her husband work in the restaurant and are raising their children in Motul.

The menu changes from day to day, and on the day we were there it included: Pib, Potaje de lentejas, Chile Relleno, Pollo Kentucky(!), Huevos Motuleños, and Hamburgesa con Papas. I ordered the Chile Relleno, since it is a favorite of mine; the lunch order included two and they were stuffed with meat and cheese, bursting with flavor and covered in an incredible sauce. Alex ordered Potaje de lentejas which was this amazingly hearty lentil stew. It was overflowing with vegetables and an assortment of meats. Susan ordered the Pib, which was like a very large, round tamale stuffed with shredded meat and beans. Each dish was made not only with fresh ingredients but also with the kind of attention and love that only a small family restaurant can provide.

If you find yourself traveling through the state of Yucatán, and are heading to Motul, we recommend that you take the time to walk around the lovely city, take in the sights, and stop by Restaurant Aviles for a meal and a chance to meet Xama.


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