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The Gringa Who Ate La Antigua Guatemala

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A December 1993 trip to Antigua by Andariega

Steak House Antigua Photo, Antigua, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: La Antigua Guatemala has quite a selection of restaurants. Of all the restaurants we visited, only one had been recommended, but all were good. We were either lucky or Antigua has outstanding, but not necessarily fancy, food. The beef was particularly good.

Steak House Antigua

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Steak House Antigua Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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It was our first night in Antigua. We were freezing and hungry. We were staying in the Santa Clara hotel and wanted to eat nearby. Steak House Antigua was just a few blocks away, and there were good smells emanating from it. That was enough for us. We walked in the door and immediately felt warm. The air was warm, the colors were warm, and the hostess greeted us warmly. We were seated in a corner, next to the coffee bin. Boy, did that smell good. It was Isabel brand. We never tried it during our trip but judging solely by the aroma, it must taste good. The restaurant is small, with a cute little bar in back. The furnishings are of dark wood, and the walls are a mellow tone. The tables ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Steak House Antigua
6a. Calle Poniente No. 15
Antigua, Guatemala
832-1046

Chimino’s.com Restaurante

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Chimino’s.com Restaurante Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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A relatively high altitude (I am a beach-dweller) and cold weather make me an "early to bed, early to rise" kind of girl, which in turn leaves me dazed and confused. Today was our museum day, and I had gotten us to the plaza an hour-and-a-half before opening time. Staring confusedly at the Museo Santiago in the old city hall and sensing Libby’s evil stare, I quickly stumbled into the nearest restaurant. Chimino’s.com is a pleasant place, with thick brick and stucco walls, arches, tile floors, and local artists’ paintings hanging on the walls. The restaurant is divided into various rooms and furnished with wooden tables and chairs. The nicest thing were the flowers everywhere—dozens of pots in th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Chimino’s.com Restaurante
4 Calle Poniente No. 10
Antigua, Guatemala
(502) 832-1065

La Fonda de la Calle Real

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La Fonda de la Calle Real Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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This restaurant was on our to-do list before ever arriving in Guatemala. We had heard and read wonderful things; everybody recommended it and almost made it sound like a pilgrimage point. We arrived not knowing what to expect, other than great food. We liked what we saw. La Fonda de la Calle Real is in an old two-story house. Seating is in the courtyard and under the arched portals surrounding it. There is also seating in various rooms of the house. The walls are painted a cheerful pinkish-orange with bright white accents, and the yard is full of plants. The waitress didn’t seem too pleased by the early birds coming in as soon as the doors opened, but she was pleasant enough. She broug...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

La Fonda de la Calle Real
3ra Calle Poniente #7
Antigua, Guatemala
(502) 0507

Da Vinci

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Restaurant | "Restaurante Da Vinci"

Da Vinci Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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The light was dimming. La Merced church was to be the last of our sightseeing for the day. Having built up quite an appetite, we decided to stop at the first restaurant we went by. Just a half a block south on 6 Av. Nte, we found Da Vinci. Upon entering, we were left speechless. The Christmas decorations were breathtakingly beautiful and lent the restaurant a festive and elegant air. Part of what was once a home, there are multiple rooms in which to dine. The walls are painted tones of red, terracotta and ecru. The furniture is of a dark wood, and the tables are dressed with richly colored linens. This was by far the most beautiful restaurant of our trip. The food was right up there, too....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Da Vinci
Avenida 6
Antigua, Guatemala

Ni-Fu Ni-Fa Parrilla Argentina

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Ni-Fu Ni-Fa Parrilla Argentina Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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We had finished our day of sightseeing at El Carmen, a beautiful ruined church best seen in the evening with its pretty lighting. Nearby is Ni-Fu Ni-Fa, a restaurant specializing in beef. We couldn’t resist. Off we went with big grins on our faces. We were warmly greeted. The place was empty. I don’t know if we were early or late, but judging by the size of the staff, the place must get busy. Nobody else came in during our meal. The restaurant is very comfortable. All the seating is outside on a raised, covered wooden deck. The tables are in individual little nooks and surrounded by hanging ferns with poinsettias as centerpieces. It feels, sort of, like dining on a fancy boat dock. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Ni-Fu Ni-Fa Parrilla Argentina
3a. Calle Oriente #21
Antigua, Guatemala
832-6579

Restaurante El Ranchon

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Restaurante El Ranchon Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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This pleasant little restaurant is in the La Azotea cultural center, along with Casa K'ojom museum, the Museo del Cafè, and Ricon de Sacatepèquez, the traditional clothing museum. We had been to the musical instrument and the clothing museums. We had some time to kill before a guided tour through the coffee museum was offered. We strolled around the lush grounds for a while and then followed the restaurant signs. Past a horse cart sitting on a lawn and mounds of bushes with salmon-colored flowers sat a little thatch-roofed building. We had found Restaurante El Ranchon. Inside the restaurant was rather nondescript, with little adornment, long tables covered with white cloths, and plastic chairs. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 5, 2005

Restaurante El Ranchon
La Azotea Centro Cultural
Antigua, Guatemala
832-0809

Viva Fridas

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We had now been outside of Mexico for a while, and even though corn tortillas are a staple in Guatemala, we had managed to choose restaurants that only served bread. We were going through major tortilla withdrawal. We headedtowards Viva Fridas, near the arch on 5 Avenida, the only Mexican restaurant we had seen in Antigua. The restaurant was very Mexican in feel. There were various seating areas, some wide open and some quite intimate. The walls were covered with posters and copies of Frida Kahlo’s works. There was also a very busy bar here. We were seated by a very friendly waiter who claimed to be Mexican, and he assured us that authentic Mexican food was served here and that, of co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2005

Viva Fridas
5av. Nte #29. Calle del Arco
Antigua, Guatemala
832-0504

La Casa del Flan Antigueño

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La Casa del Flan Antigueño Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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We had been walking around downtown and visiting museums all morning. We had just finished touring the San Josè Cathedral. We wanted to rest our feet and maybe have a snack. Not terribly far away we found La Casa del Flan Antigueño. We sat at the first table we came to. The waiter came over with menus, which was not really necessary since there were giant menus posted on the wall. The establishment is small, with maybe 10 or 12 simple wooden tables with sturdy wooden chairs. The floors are paved with terracotta tiles and the walls are painted a burnt orange with yellow accents. The menu is more like that of a snack bar than a restaurant, offering mostly sandwiches, hotdogs, and hamburg...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 5, 2005

La Casa del Flan Antigueño
5 av. Norte 410
Antigua, Guatemala