Bad Manners at La Choperia Restaurant


Beryl Gorbman

The other day, when 89-year-old Silvia Thomson, who is from England, went into La Choperia on Calle 56 y 51 with her daughter Sandra, they were told that they couldn’t order from the menu – that only the buffet was available. They were surprised as it was a weekday. Mrs. Thomson eats like a bird. She didn’t want the buffet.

So Sandra ordered the buffet, and took a modest amount of food. The first thing she did was slice off a tiny bit of beef for her mom, and give it to her on a fork.

To their amazement, a waiter rushed over and prevented the older woman from eating. He said that since there were two of them, they had to order two buffets. “You can’t eat that,” he said. “This is not for sharing.”

Mrs. Thomson said she was “extraordinarily surprised” and immediately put down the fork. She and her daughter got up, paid the bill, and left without eating anything.

Mrs. Thomson commented, “I have never been treated that way before in Merida. Perhaps a Mexican establishement would not have behaved that way.” (La Choperia is Brazilian.)

Sandra said that unfortunately, Flavio, the affable owner, was not there or this probably would not have happened. Both she and her mother have been there before. Her mother is a visitor, but Sandra, who owns a guest lodging in Holbox,  is a frequent patron.

“I’ll never go there again,” Sandra said. “It was unbelievable.”

According to Mrs. Thomson, there were only two other people in the restaurant at the time. She and her daughter asked the waiter whether he actually wanted them to leave rather than allow a bit of leeway for an older lady. “Those are the rules,” he said.

La Choperia


About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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5 Responses to Bad Manners at La Choperia Restaurant

  1. Sparky the Wonder Pony says:

    I’ve eaten at La Choperia but once, and found the food and service so poor that I vowed never to return.

    I remember a certain “edginess” about our waiter. He didn’t bother disguising his disappointment after I and my partner had, between us, ordered only two entrees and an appetizer. He also seemed fiendishly eager for us to order more and more beer.

    Perhaps only Mr. Creosote (“Look – I couldn’t eat another thing. I’m absolutely stuffed. Bugger off!”) from Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life” would be comfortable at La Choperia.

    It’s a pity Mrs. Thomson didn’t eat from the buffet until she literally exploded, spattering everyone and everything in the restaurant with vile, acrid gobs of undigested food.

  2. Sparky the Wonder Pony says:

    The sacrifice of one’s physical well-being for the sake of the common good is an expression of the best manners anyone might possibly demonstrate.

    Would the philosophy of Socrates have achieved immortality if Socrates had sent his cup of hemlock back to the kitchen and ordered a vodka martini in its stead?

  3. I have crossed this restaurant off any possible visiting list. They have no manners.

  4. A timely article as BetterHalf and I just watched an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm where Larry David shares a few shrimp from the buffet with a non-buffet eating member of his lunch party. I have no desire to visit La Choperia, which is probably a bad thing as the Casual Restaurant Critic loves to trash restaurants that have no clue as to what a restaurant is all about.

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