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Antigua, GT: Donde Monica

rworange | Jan 22, 201109:09 AM

This family-run restaurant serves breakfast, salads, soups, sandwiches, baguettes, savory pies, hamburgers, nachos, queso fundido, pasta, grilled meats and Guatemalan dishes

It is also a catering company and is able to accommodate large groups on the restaurant lawn or chosen location. The family first opened a restaurant in Tecpan called "La Cabaña de Don Robert", ten years prior to opening Donde Monica.

There is a small hotel that was previously a home. This link discusses the corridor that now serves as the outdoor dining area.

“The corridor … was an essential element of many Guatemalan houses which served the purpose of a connecting hallway between the rooms … and at the same time providing ventilation and light to those very rooms. Back in colonial times, the corridors were wide enough to have a breakfast or lunch dining area, some sofas or furniture for informal meetings, an omnipresent mecedora, rocking chair, for grandma or grandpa and pots with flowers which were set on the outer edge, next to the garden and fountains.”

I’m glad I was too busy to write about lunch on the day I ate at Donde Monica. It would have been a different report. My planned title that day was “¿Donde Monica? (Where Monica?) ... Who cares?

But looking back, the food was decent. I just had different expectations about it. The pasta in loroco sauce listed on one online menu wasn’t on the actual menu so that started me off wrong. That was the specific reason I went there.

Donde? The restaurant is a little out of the way near the Hotel El Convento on the far edge of town … ok … that’s only four blocks from Central Park … but they are four long blocks. It isn’t anything to go out of your way for, but an ok place if staying at the hotel or you work in the immediate block and forgot to bring your lunch with you.

Here's what we had rated from A+ to F -

B - …. Roast pork sandwich
C + … Chicken pie
C - …. Lemonade

Service: B - … Very good
Ambiance: C + … Slightly above average
Price: $$

Restaurant record with more info such as address, phone, hours and menu

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