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. 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.
A surprising inexpensive place to dine and drink in Panajachel, Café Atlantis has a festive bar, outdoor seating in a tropical garden, and a spacious new dining room.
It’s in the heart of Panajachel’s zona viva, across from Restaurante Casablanca. For more info, see Cafe Atlantis.
Today is the 29th birthday of Circus Bar in Panajachel. Drop by and celebrate with a shot of tequila or rum, and the best pizza in Panajachel!
See Circus Bar for more details on a colorful place to dine and party when on vacation or living in Pana. (In Antigua, be sure to drop by the new Circus Bar there.)