I'm going to Panama City in February and would like to avoid tourist traps at all cost. I'm looking for suggestions for budget to mid-priced restaurants with excellent quality/price ratio. It seems ALL tourists are going to same places. On all sites I see the same suggestions over and over again (ex: Manolo Caracol, Las Clementinas, Maito, etc). Is it because they are truly the best or because people just follow people? Surely Panama City has other excellent restaurants worth a detour?
For lunch, I prefer simple meals. From what I read, the fish market is the best place for ceviche. What about the best place for empenadas?