What and where to eat in Honduras?
In a few months I plan to drive down to Honduras from Guatemala. What and where should I eat?
My itnerary is open at this point. I'll be driving around the country.
Unless is is spectacular, I'm not looking for other cuisines. I'm looking for food that is unique to Honduras
This website mentions:
El Patio in Teguc for anjitos
"the famous fried fish at Lago de Yojoa(lake Yojoa) where the fish are hauled up to rustic stands and deep fried and served with plantains."
The site for these cookies/donuts looks too tempting to pass up. Ir ia in la Villa de San Antonio, Comayagua, Honduras.If I'm reading this correctly it is in the Sabanagrande, municipality and the bakery has been in business 66 years.
This blog says in San Pedro ' the first option should be "El Mercado Guamilito. Located in the "Barrio Guamilito"
The next reply has previous Chowhound posts and suggestions
Unfortunantly Honduras in not know for it's cuisine
If you get off of the Bay Islands, which is an ara which almost completely caters to tourists, The claissic dish on the north coast is baleadas which are flour tortillas with a mixture of ingredients as filling, but always include house butter and refried beans, may include sausage, and avacodoe.
In Tela you can eat sea food at Cesar Mariscoes which is very good.
While on the North Coast you need to try Casabe which is a Manioc based bread substitute.
In San Pedro Sula El Mercado Guamilito is very good, but I really Power chicken which is a local chain (have 4 stores) with grilled food which is excelent.
Lago de Yajoe is famous for fried fish but uless you like Tilapia which taste slightly like mud I personally don't recomend it. But I do recomend the fried green banannas which most of the fish stalls do sell.
In copan or pretty much any of Western Honduras you can find some really good baked pork, there is a restaurant called the llama del bosque which is really good in ruinas de copan.
In Tegucigalpa the Patio is good but very expensive, I recomend the diner Stablos for a typical breakfast.
In Comeyagua there is a restaurant which is called La Champita which is very good and relatively cheap.
In Siguatepeque the restaurants Villa Verde and La Siguata are good, La siguata is a bit better and near the center of town.
If you go south try the seafood soup in San Lorenzo, and the papusas in Nacaome, but don't tell the Salvadoreans that the Honduran papusas are better
If you go into Olancho look for Tapados which is an excelent local stew.
Don't think donuts when you eat Rosquillas they are not sweet, the are a salty cheesy hard local snack, that most American's take a while to get used to (took me a year). Sabanagrande is famous for them due to closeness to Tegucigalpa, but they are not the best, the Rosquillas from Flores, comayagua, and Talanga, Fransisco, Morazan are better. But the best i have eaten are made in Las Limones, Olancho. Tustacas and Quesadillas are usually much more to American tastes.
Unfortunantly Honduras in not know for it's cuisine
Roatan (Honduras) Recommendations?
We liked the Argentinian restaurant - pricey and obviously not local, but we thought it was really good.
We also liked the Creole rotisserie chicken place that a lot of locals go to in West End. Inexpensive and delicious - I loved their rice & beans and chicken, also coleslaw was good. I think we ate in both those places twice last April.
We had lunch at Bite on the Beach one day - it's in West Bay and we had lunch before going back to West End where we were staying. Salad was great.
Monces had really good baleadas and shakes.
We also had dinner at the Lobster Pot and the Lighthouse - both good. I loved the gelato at Angelo's - the chocolate was amazing
On Sundays, there is an amazing all you can eat lobster BBQ for about $25. I forget the name of the place, but it is on the other side of the island and all the locals know about it. You will need to rent a car for the day, and take a small boat through the canals in order to get there. Not to be missed
OOLOONTHOO. It's an AMAZING Indian restaurant located smack dab in the middle of West End. It's VERY pricey for Honduras (dinners are $40+) but it was easily the best Indian food I've ever eaten in my life. The chef is Canadian and front-of-house stuff is run by his wife, who I understand is Indian.
The Argentinian Grill was surprisingly decent. I am a vegetarian so I had their grilled vegetable plate, and it was great. I think I actually ate it twice.
There's a place called Pinocchios (I think?) that was located up a big, dark hill. My food was only okay but I shared a table with an older couple and they said their fish dishes were incredible.
I also liked the Thai food at Le Bistro, though I am no Thai expert. I can't vouch for its authenticity, but it was delicious.
Utila, Bay Islands-Honduras
Utila Lodge - Eating here is for guests only, but if you happen to stay here, the food is good enough that you won't need to eat anywhere else. Breakfast is hardy with eggs made to order, fresh fruit, and more. The omelettes are pretty damn good. Lunch varies from spaghetti with meat sauce to self serve burritos. Dinner wasn't too notable, with the exception of the beer can chicken and the bbq pork chops!
The Harbor House (Utila Cays) - Beautiful 3-story building on the edge of one of the cays (Pigeon?). The owner has a lot of energy and will talk your ear off about the place. I had a yummy fishburger and 2 Salva Vidas for almost nothing. Would definitely recommend if you stop by the Cays.
Driftwood - Best food I had in Utila. I highly recommend the fish stew and the snapper kebabs. I'm sure the rest of their food is good as well. Pleasant divey atmosphere, on the ocean.
Cafe Mariposa - Best dinner view in Utila. The food wasn't all that remarkable, so I'm just going to talk about the view. Get there about 30 minutes before sunset and try to grab the corner table. We sat and watched local kids jump off a pile of bricks on the pier into the ocean while the sun set.
Evelyn’s BBQ - Evelyn loves Bob Marley. We ate there for lunch and each got a variation of stewed fish. Mine was on a french roll, sandwich style and my friend had it with salad and other side items. I thought it was quite good, but not the best deal in town. View is of "downtown".
I ate at Driftwood when I was there..must have improved!
There was a JR's BBQ that was only open on certain nights. It was great.
Best places to eat in Roatan, Honduras?
I had the recommended banana pancakes at Rudy's (West End) and found them delicious. I was one of maybe 2 people in the restaurant.
Sundowner's bar (also West End) had an incredible burger--it actually came from a restaurant across the "street" but I don't remember the name of it...it was better sitting at the bar and having someone bring it over.
Bite on the Beach (West Bay) is good for seafood and very friendly service.
Our overall favorite was The Lighthouse in West End. Terrific, authentic, fresh food; great portions and friendly service. I note that we never found a place with great service; "island time" seems to be common.
Another high note was Angelo's Gelateria in West Bay Village
The new deli in a shopping center just outside West Bay Village is terrif. It's called Mangiamo.
We alos enjoyed happy hour at Bite on theBeach. Very good fried calamari as in light on the fried and heavy on the calamari.
Il Pomodoro in West Bay Village gets lots of postive press for its pizza and I agree that it was tasty after a day on the water, but as far as pizza goes, it wasn't THAT great. (Washing it down with gelato seemed to make up for it.)
Festive options with tolerable food include Eagle Ray's in West End and and La Palapa in West Bay.
Ooloonthoo has amazing Indian food- their vegetable thali (~$20 US) was delicious! Each of the seven or so vegetables were cooked and seasoned differently, and to perfection. When I went, there were seven people in the restaurant and everyone ordered it. It's just that good.
I also liked the thai food at Le Bistro
the grilled vegetable platter at the Argentine Grill (at Posada Arco Iris) was also really good (especially when you dip the veggies in the chimichurri sauce!).
Rudy's banana pancakes were great for breakfast
I didn't really like the food at Pura Vida I had the best "smoothie" of my life- papaya melon that was probably blended with vanilla ice cream and extra sugar!
.In West Bay, the deli, Mangiamo, has roasted chickens that are really good. We had sandwiches there, too, and I hear their breakfast is great.
We ate at Bite on the Beach, which has great food at reasonable prices. They employ a baker full time, too, and they have fresh bread and desserts.
There is an incredible bakery in West End that is run by a French pastry chef who is set to open her third store on the island.
The Coconut Tree in West End had really good food. The owner told us he worked for Emeril for 3 years. I would have to believe him based on the dessert he created of homemade vanilla ice cream with flan.
Chippy's is a catering truck in West End that has really good classic fish and chips. There are about 5 tables next to it and it's hilarious
We also had dinner at a West End bistro (I don't remember the name, but it's right across from the water taxi dock) and it was really good Vietnamese food.
The dinner at the Lighthouse was good and at $18 for steak and 2 lobster tails with all the trimmings, you'd be a fool to not eat there at least once.
At Banarama our breakfast was included and they told you what you were having but it was always really good. The appetizers and lunches are good there, as is the coffee. Dark and rich but not loaded with caffeine.
At the little mall in West Bay there is a coffee place called Cool Beans. Good coffee and pastries and the owner is really cool.
The best food we had was at the Vintage Pearl at the Island Pearl resort. When you walk by it in the daytime, it doesn't look like anything, not even a sign. At night when the doors are open and the tiki torches are lit, it is a magical combination of Napa Valley, beach and Mayan. The menu is creative, fresh, island-influenced food that borders on snooty but manages to not cross that line. They have a good wine list and good service. Beautiful place and beautiful food makes a beautiful experience. I can't wait to go back
EL Patio will be mentioned by most online guides and books on Teguc as a tipical Honduran restaurant and this one we can all agree on.I had great meals both times I was there.Try a pincho or some baleadas!
Valle de Angeles is a nice place to go for Honduran food, and is quite lovely and serene
Dave's and RJ's are BBQ and are open on different days of the week...most folks go to one or the other. They both wipe things off the blackboard menu as they run out; go early for more selection. Dave was a chef (saucier) in San Francisco, before retiring to the island. He grills pork, chicken and fish and serves them with rice, potatoes and salad and a choice of some amazing sauces that vary from day to day. At RJ's, the variety isn't in the sauces, but in the fish; there will always be steak, pork and chicken, but the fish will be whatever his brother caught that day, from 'cuda to triggerfish to who knows what. Robbie gets pretty sauced on the Rum every night; the earlier you arrive, the less likely your food will be overcooked. RJ's burgers are AMAZING, but usually the first thing to run out.
Kate's la Piccola is pretty decent Italian, but a bit more expensive (it's all relative, though).
Mariposa has a nice view and great pizzas.
Munchies and Bundu are both decent generic western food, though Munchies has, in the past, been boycotted by a lot of divers for serving shark
The Island Shack in French Harbour has a simple very fresh menu. Gringo BBQ and Island dished (Caracol dishes, NOT Spanish Honduran dishes). Probably the only place in the world you can get south Carolina BBQ and sauteed iguana at the same place.