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Hello,

I'm off to Guatemala for ten days at the start of July and I'm wondering if anyone has any advice about great places to eat or good dishes to try. There's a good chance that we'll be in Tikal, Flores, Rio Dulce, Copan, Chichicastenango, Antigua, and Guatemala City. It seems like there are a lot of places geared towards tourists, I'm mostly looking for recommendations of great Guatemalan or other central american food.

Thanks,
China

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    1. Donde Mikel in Guatemala City is good, not touristy at all. They pretty much only have steak and shrimp but the food is terrific.

      13 calle entre 3a y 4a Avenida, Zona 10,
      Ciudad de Guatemala, 1010

    2. The fried chicken at the Cuatro Caminos highway junction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone will know this chicken which may be the inspiration of the Pollo CAmpero chain.....essential!!

      1. Coming a bit late to this post, but I'm just back from a couple of weeks in Guate. This may sound odd, but "great Guatemalan" food is found mostly in private homes, not in restaurants. I've seen paches, for example, a classic Guatemalan potato and flour mixture with pieces of pork steamed in banana leaves, in some village mercados and at street stalls, but not in a restaurant. My friends buy them from a local woman who sells them out of her home. I've never seen them on a menu. It may be an unfair generalization, but Guatemalans who can afford to eat in restaurants have their native foods at home cooked by their maids and want steak, or French, or Italian when they go out for an evening.

        Two really good steak houses in Guatemala City are La Estancia and El Portal del Angel. The latter is a lovely, candlelit, romantic restaurant on hill overlooking the city and has spectacular views (when it's not socked in by clouds). Jakes, in Zone 10, has a very good continental menu with a charming garden.

        In Antigua, La Casserole on Calle de la Conception is a terrific French restaurant with excellent fresh fish, Fonda de la Calle Real is your best bet for local dishes, and Frieda's has very good Mexican food.

        In Livingston, check out Ubouhu. Last time I was there it was the only Garifuna-run place in town and very popular with the locals.

        JoanN

        1. Thanks Joan, not too late at all, we leave on Saturday. Those are excellent tips and you are certainly right about people eating in their own homes. We'll plan on trying some of your tips, and perhaps we'll find a pache through someone's back door. Looking forward to it all whatever we may find.

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          1. re: China

            Love that country. Have a great time, and please do report back. I'll be most eager to hear of your finds.

            Joan

          2. Thanks Joan, not too late at all, we leave on Saturday. Those are excellent tips and you are certainly right about people eating in their own homes. We'll plan on trying some of your tips, and perhaps we'll find a pache through someone's back door. Looking forward to it all whatever we may find.