Though Boquete's first hotel now faces stiff competition, its charming restaurant remains one of the best in town. Inventive dishes based on traditional Panamanian cuisine include pumpkin soup, shrimp-and-plantain croquettes, mountain trout sautéed with almonds, and grilled beef tenderloin topped with a three-pepper sauce. It's served in a historic European atmosphere that's hardly changed over the past century. Sunday breakfast is popular.
Panamonte Inn & Spa, right at first Y north of town, on left, Boquete, Panama