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Guatemalan food in Queens

JackS | Nov 7, 2003 12:24 PM

Some time ago, I tried Xelaju in Jamaica, on 168th Street just north of Hillside, and didn't like it. I had the salpicon (sp?), which I guess is supposed to be a national dish, and the flavors just tasted downright bad.

Since that was a long time ago, since I'm planning a vacation to Guatemala in a couple of months, and I was in the neighborhood recently, I tried Xelaju again, although I avoided the salpicon. I got something called carne aldbado (I may be getting that wrong), which was pork ribs with rice and beans and an avocado. It was OK, much more edible, although it didn't rock my world. The best thing about the meal was an horchata, which was among the best I've tasted.

My question: are there other dishes in this cuisine that are better? Are there any other Guatemalan restaurants in the tri-state area? I was under the impression that there was one at Jamaica and Woodhaven Avenues, but I couldn't find anything around that corner (nor could I find a Surinamese deli that Sietsma's written about around there.) Thanks.

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