Restaurants in Antigua Guatemala - FAVORITES?

Old Mar 16th, 2011, 02:05 PM
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Restaurants in Antigua Guatemala - FAVORITES?

I was needing a mini vacation from work so I searched the forum for restaurants in Antigua and could not find a single thread dedicated to that in the last 3 years. I usually live and eat with a local family if I stay for more than a night or 2 so don't have much experience with it. I'm heading back this summer with my husband and it will be his 1st visit there since the 80s.

I enjoy Fernando's Cafe, La Cuevita de los Urquizu for great local soups and such, La Fonda de Calle Real for great pepián, and an inexpensive locals place by the market. I also have the small place run by Hector and Cafe Condesa on my list. OTHER FAVORITES?
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 07:30 AM
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My absolute favorite is La Posada de Don Rodrigo. Excellent food - fresh and cooked beautifully and lots of it. Smiling, attentive service and all in an open-air dining room next to a beautiful courtyard with fountain. It just doesn't get any better than this!
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 09:09 AM
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Thanks!
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 12:03 PM
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Well, I'm pretty low budget, so I'm going to say Kafta's. The rooftop restaurant on top of the hostel. Good, cheap food. I'm vegan but my Antigua pals are not. They raved about the ribs, the bean soup is super filling and the bartender is fun. Plus it's a great spot to catch a lightning storm over Fuego.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 12:05 PM
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La Fonda - the one around the corner from the other 2 - is really great.

Love Bistro Cinq - great atmosphere.

Sabe Rico - beautiful tropical garden and great pipian.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 01:28 PM
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Read MLgriffis' trip report dated March 5. Great list of restaurants. I live here and I haven't been to half of them!
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 01:50 PM
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Great input, all! When I read a thread like the trip report mentioned above and want to refer to it while traveling, I make a pdf of it, email it to myself, and save it for later. Planning to do that with this thread, too. THANKS!
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 06:48 PM
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Hey - I'm glad our review ("Trip Report - Antigua, Guatemala", March 5) will be put to good use! Really --just treat yourself one night and go to Mezon Panza Verde or the Welton. Prices are so reasonable. For example, at the Welton, we had 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts, a "few" glasses of wine, and complementary taste-treats for about 80 American dollars. Holy cow. When will you get back to Antigua again, right??? These are world-class dining experiences. I hope to see them on "No Rervations" one day.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 06:50 PM
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"Reservations.." even.
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Old Mar 17th, 2011, 10:08 PM
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I'm usually more a fan of locals' places, more like $2.50US for rice, beans, stew chicken, and fresh tortillas. I may have to stick my neck out this trip, though. ;-)

Thanks for the input!
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Old Mar 19th, 2011, 04:34 AM
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We had a good lunch one day at Cafe Colonial which is a simple, inexpensive place only a few blocks from Parque Central.
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Old Mar 19th, 2011, 05:48 AM
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Thanks! Do you remember which direction?
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Old Mar 19th, 2011, 06:33 AM
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The address for Cafe Colonial is 7 Avenida Norte #3, west of the Parque Central.
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Old Mar 19th, 2011, 11:50 PM
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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 07:43 PM
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Fusion was a wonderful surprise for us! It is small so make a reservation or go early.It is owned by Elizabeth Bell's son & DIL & he is so well trained in all things culinary. Panza Verde is a splurge but a real WOW on ambiance, service, wine & food.
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