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Jan 9, 2012 05:54 AM

Poblado Medellin restuarant ideas

Poblado seems to be full of restaurants and bars. I'm here for two months and would like to try a few of the best without breaking the bank. I'd like to ask for some recommendations. I don't have a car but am willing to take the metro and or a taxi to Envigado or into Centro. I'd like something that Paisas feel represents great food in their city that isn't seafood. Thanks in advance.

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  1. I asked a few locals what the best restaurant in Medellin was and they said..."Hard Rock". Sigh...

    I usually stay in Parque Lleras. I found a place that does local food on either Carrerra 37A or 38 , just south of Calle 9. You have to at least try the super perro. The best food item bar none though was the empanadas on calle 9 just before Carrera 42. You'll see the line. Crazy good stuff. Sometimes we'll just eat 3 of them and call it a meal.

    You have 2 months so you should do some exploration in that area and report back

    1. Barnaby, I'm headed to Medellin myself and am wondering what you found for food. Any suggestions?


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      1. re: firstbitedc

        firstbitedc, My favorites were Chilaquiles (a Mexican place). The mole was excellent, the chef really nailed it. I forget the name of the other but it's an upscale bistro right next door to Chilaquiles. Stay out of Lleras itself. You'll see why when you get there. The restaurant at the botanical gardens was excellent as well, though quite expensive by Colombian standards.

        I had good luck going for drinks at the Rio Sur mall. There are a couple of trendy bars on the first floor along the outside of the mall.

        For a dessert place, comopezenelaqua (like a fish to water) is a great place to try. Lots of little tortes and brownies etc.

        For excellent cinnamon roles, reposteria Amelia was very good. They make a good cappuccino as well.

        1. re: barnaby33

          Thanks - this is really helpful!


          1. re: firstbitedc

            There were two things in Lleras I did like. The crepe maker right at the edge of the park. They make a mean banana nutella crepe for dessert. Also the wine bar, who's name escapes me, but at the upper edge of Lleras. Not cheap, wine in Colombia isn't, but nice ambiance and a decent selection.