In the past week, Ventana Blue and El Jardin have closed. This leaves few good restaurants on the Seventh Avenue side of town, just Cafe la Puerta and The Blue Parrot Bar and Grill.
It’s almost 6 PM on a Tuesday evening, when El Barrio Bar serves unique home-cooked meals. Tonight is Trish’s North Korean barbecue. Don’t recall the name, but the marinated strips of a find cut of meat make this one of the town’s top dishes.
Then over in the zona viva, it’s Mexican night at Alegre Pub. In addition to Chicken Fajitas, there are discounts of San Pedro’s largest array of Mexican beer, plus tequila.
With a unique menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Café Atitlan has been a popular restaurant for several years. Café Atitlan just moved to Hostel Jarachik, conveniently located halfway between the zona viva and Seventh Avenue’s strip of bars and restaurants. (Like Café Atitlan, Hostel Jarachik is also Maya-owned and operated, and is an excellent place to stay.)
Dining at Cafe Atitlan
The menu offers unusual meals like the Elvis Waffle (with peanut butter, bacon and chocolate syrup!) and the Calgary Cowboy Burger. Budget breakfasts are also popular with locals and travelers alike. Drop by Cafe Atitlan for more info.
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.
Fish Friday’s at Restaurante D’Noz is a favorite with locals and travelers. Last week I had the salmon, a huge slab of fresh fish for only Q45, about $5 US.