We stopped in Valladolid on our way back to Cancun from Chichen-Itza. We had planned to spend a little time exploring, but unfortunately our rental car broke down as soon as we got into town. We were having lots of trouble trying to contact the rental service with our cell phone and were quite frantic, and a gentleman at the Convent suggested that the tavern had a telephone we may be able to use. Not being familiar with the area, particularly the concept of "big things behind tiny doors", it would have never occurred to us to stop at Taberna de los Frailes had we just been walking around seeing the sights. We are sure glad we did!
First, the two waiters and particularly the hostess (sorry, we do not remember your names) who helped us get in touch with our rental service and eventually replace our car could not have been more friendly and willing to help. They saved our vacation from total disaster!
We honestly hadn't planned to have lunch, but since it was a 2-3 hour wait for our car and they had been so helpful, we decided to give them our business. Lunch was wonderful and the open-air garden just outside the convent walls was absolutely beautiful. We needed to eat light, so we shared a few appetizers. The food was fresh, interesting and tasty. The service was exceptional. Wished we had room for more!
This all happened in the 2-3:00 timeframe, and the place was empty. We certainly hope they are busier during standard lunch and dinner times, because Taberna de los Frailes was truly an exceptional experience. The food, atmosphere and staff helped turn a very trying day into a not-so-bad one!
(and, for the tourists out there - they had very nice restrooms as well!)
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