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Antigua, GT: La Cuevita de Los Urquizu buffet of typical Guatemalan dishes.

rworange | Nov 29, 201011:51 PM

Hot stews in terra cotta pots are at then entrance. A table that runs the length of one room holds sides and desserts. Buffet here doesn’t mean serve yourself. Decide on a main dish and two sides and the staff will put together the plate. There is a choice of tortillas or pan Frances with the meal.

This site has some good close-ups of the contents in each pot

Select a table from one of the many rooms and a server will take your drink and dessert order. Pay at the end of the meal. This report says “The rooftop at La Cuevita is the best spot to eat there -- great views of the ruins across the way”

They are really good about answering what each pot holds I didn’t notice the menu board out front and asked what each dish held. There are also dishes available that are not on the buffet table.

A few of the stews and dishes include the classics such as pepian, hilachas, suban-ik, tiras de panza, chiles rellenos, adovado, revolcado. There’s carne asada, pierna horneada, pollo horneado, longanizas, chorizo,

Some sides include: Ensalada Rusa, piloyada, Guatemalan guacamole, frijoles volteados curtido de remolacha

Desserts include: Plantanos en Gloria, plantanos en mole, molletes en miel, pan de banano

There’s a refrigerated case with pasteles (cakes) de fresa, crema and tres leches plus a few other items.

Other items posted on menu signs throughout the restaurant: panes con chile, pierna y frijole, tortillas con carne, enchaladas, Guatemalan tostadas, Guatemalan tacos, Guatemalan pupusas de chicharron, frijoles, queso y mixtas, ceviches y cocteles.

I put the qualifier “Guatemalan” in front of some of these items because they are totally different than the more familiar Mexican items. A Guatemalan taco, for example, is like a rolled Mexican flauta. A Guatemalan pupusa is much larger than the better known Salvadorian version.

They open at 8 am and serve breakfast, but I haven’t looked into that yet.

The name loosely translates as The little cave/den of the Urquizu family, It is located across the street from the Capuchin Nunnery

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

B …... Cordero (lamb stew)
B - … Quisquil (squash)
C - … Picado de rabano (chopped radishes)
A - … Complimentary escabeche (pickled vegetables)
B - … Complimentary tortillas
C …... Jaimaica resfresco
D - … strawberry granizada (slushie)

Service: B - … Very good
Ambiance: B - … Very good
Price: $$

I rarely give an “A” rating, so the above are better than it might seem. I liked the food and the restaurant and recommend it.

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