New Dining Options in San Pedro la Laguna in February 2015

Pinochio’s Hostel just opened a restaurant with the same name on 7th Avenue. People who stay at the hostel get 10% off on meals.

El Barrio’s Saturday All You Care to Eat Champagne Brunch now takes places on Sundays too. Q40, from 10 AM-4 PM.

Hotel Mikaso just started an all you can eat Brunch from 9:30-2 PM.

The Blue Parrot Bar and Grill now opens for breakfast on Saturdays and lunch too on Sundays.

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Blue Parrot Bar and Grill Reopens in San Pedro la Laguna

With top of the line American-style food, everything from Biscuits with Gravy Sausage to Philly Cheese Steaks, the Blue Parrot Bar and Grill reopened yesterday in #SanPedrolaLaguna. There’s a big new bar and lots more happening at one of the top restaurants at Lake Atitlan.

Service is quick, food is great, and it’s also a hangout for locals as well as a popular restaurant with tourists.

The Blue Parrot Bar and Grill is across the street from Bar El Barrio on 7th Avenue.

Hours: 7 AM-9 PM, daily.

Big Changes on Seventh Avenue in San Pedro

From one end of Seventh Avenue to the other, restaurants and bars have been shutting down, reopening or changing locations. Deep Blue Restaurant closed for keeps after only a few months across the street from Casa Atitlan. Next door, Taboo Bar has been shut for weeks and appears closed.

Down the street, Blue Parrot Bar and Grill will be closed until October. El Barrio Bar has reopened, with a new Mayan Cuisine night that has proved popular. Next door, Ventana Blue Restaurant has new hours, opening at 6 PM on Wednesday through Sunday.

The Deep End Bar and Pool closed permanently, but the same crew is doing Smokin’ Joes’ Sunday BBQ at another pool near the end of Seventh Avenue. We’ll have a full report tomorrow.

And The Clover Restaurant reopened under new management. But without Paul, the founder, Clover is not what it used to be and has turned into a ghost town that we can no longer recommend.

Real Mexican Food at Lake Atitlan?

There’s only one restaurant I know of that serves authentic Mexican food: Spanglish in Panajachel. Recipes come from a family in Michoacan. They include tasty choices like the Carnitas de Michoacan, lean chopped pork that is some of the best in Guatemala. spanglish-restaurant-panajachel My favorite is the Cochinita Pibil, a pork dish that riginated in Yucatan and has spread across Mexico. The Cochinita Pibil at Spanglish tastes better than the expensive Los Cebollitas in Antigua and the capital. And the portions are huge. You get a pound of several entrees, which also include chicken dishes such as Tinga, for Q65. That’s enough to feed three people. Spanglish owner Axel just introduced a barbecue sandwich made with pulled pork and a sweet sauce. Spanglish also sells gourmet salsas, olive oil, spices and wine. It’s on Calle Arboles just past Circus Bar.

Too Many Restaurants in San Pedro la Laguna?

There are now at least 25 restaurants in San Pedro, and that doesn’t include the taco stands, comedors and other places to eat that are run by Maya. That’s great for travelers, who can choose from sushi, steak, fresh Pacific seafood, smoked barbecue, Irish stew, vegetarian fare like curry, and even Southern-style biscuits with sausage gravy. And that’s just a few of the many varieties of food in San Pedro.

Even so, 25 restaurants is way too many for this town, and local tourism savants are predicting that it’s time to thin the herd. That will happen in May, when things slow down a bit.

For more info, look under Categories in the right panel, or see Deep End Bar and Pool for a review.

Bar of the Month for February 2014: The Deep End Bar and Pool

The Bar of the Month for Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, is The Deep End Bar and Pool in San Pedro la Laguna. See Deep End Bar and Pool for a review.

Restaurant of the Month at Lake Atitlan for January 2014

is Cafe Dolphin in San Pedro la Laguna. This upstairs restaurant and bar overlooks Indian Nose from close to the shore. Full menu includes fresh seafood, steaks, Guatemala cuisine. For more info see Cafe Dolphin in San Pedro la Laguna Lake Atitlan