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Guatemala: Antigua food? Forget it. Go to nearby FABULOUS San Lucas Sacatepéquez

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Guatemala: Antigua food? Forget it. Go to nearby FABULOUS San Lucas Sacatepéquez

rworange | May 9, 2010 09:43 PM

On my first visti to Antigua, I did my due diligance and searched the web for where and what to eat.Despite promising leads, it was mainly over-priced toursit slop.

I took my Gautemalan family, and the member who is food savy took pity on mye said "Vamos a San Lucas Sacatepéquez."

It is about 15-20 minutes uphill from Antigua ... when we returned after dark, the lights of Antigua glittered like jewels in the distance.

If you want typcial Guatemalan food ... where real Guatemalans eat .. you MUST go to the marvelous mercado de San Lucas Sacatepéquez.

It is packed with restaurants. The food is AMAZING.

Just when I decided to take food photos, my camera broke and it seems not one place in the country has the part. So these pictures came from googling.

There is one large building where there must be at least 50 eateries. Many specializing in churrascos. caldos, atoles and everything else Guatemalan
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Check out these mouth-watering photos
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There are pots of oil where rellonos are being fried.
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There are many stands of ladies maiking tortillas
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We were full from an awful lunch, so we only had
- Atole blanco
- Atole maiz
- Tosdatas
- Abodada pork tamale.

The pork tamale had a red sauce on it. It was topped with the best grilled green onions I have ever had ... ever. At first the thick stacks looked like asparagus. The photos above are good pictures of the onions.

The atole maiz was similarily the best I have ever had ... sweet with deep corn flavor it was topped with fresh corn kernals.

I just had a taste of that, since I ordered the Atole blanco, since I never had that before. We all orderd it with chile. Tho this is made of corn it looks like cream of wheat. It was served in a bowl and had a sprinkly of black beans and a drizzle of pepper sauce. A fresh lime and salt came on the side to be added. This was good, but the regular atole stole the show.

The tostadas were good too. In Quatemala this means a tostada topped with a think smear of guacamole, this slices of white onions and crumbled queso fresca.

I really wish we had eaten here and I can't recommend it enough. We ate at a place called Tita's, but they said they are all good, especially the joint accross from Tita's for chruassco.

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