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Tip Top Chicken: Nicaragua’s Delicious Version of Chic-fil-A

Tip Top Chicken: Nicaragua’s Delicious Version of Chic-fil-A

Tip Top Chicken is a prevalent fast food chain in Nicaragua that sells chicken in various culinary forms. By various I mean grilled or fried. It is essentially, their version of a Chic-fil-A although it tastes nothing like Chic-fil-A. Really, I guess, the only resemblance is that they sell chicken. Okay, so my title to this post sucks, then.   The chicken here is very good as fast food goes. I much prefer it to KFC. They offer “fajitas” which is basically fried chicken fingers, grilled chicken and even whole or half rotisserie chicken. The sides available are tortillas – which are surprisingly good for a fast food establishment – french fries, re-fried black beans, and as more of a condiment than a side, “Creole Salad” which is something I’ve never experienced anywhere else. It’s a sort of salsa with a heavy onion base. Very tasty, indeed. They also offer a wide variety of deserts ranging from ice cream to tres leches cake to even CUATRO leches cake! That’s...

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El Camello Revisited

El Camello Revisited

I’m not really much of a “food blogger” since I’m not a pretentious snot, but I figured I should post these images of the delicious dishes we had at El Camello today. I’ve written about El Camello previously, but didn’t include food pics…so here they are! We’ll start with an appetizer of pita and hummus:   Next, we have the Chicken Satay:   Here we have my favorite, Chicken Shawarma:   Aaaaand a Felafell Ball Sandwich:   Added bonus…a few other pics I took while...

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A Great Christmas Eve Dinner at Monna Lisa’s Pizza

A Great Christmas Eve Dinner at Monna Lisa’s Pizza

We asked Levi where he wanted to have his Christmas Eve dinner. He said, “Monna Lisa Pizza!” They have a play scape there, so good idea on his part. They also have the friendliest owners and staff in Granada. We’ve had the same waiter every time we’ve gone and he always knows exactly what we want and is a very friendly guy. This trip was no different. But in some ways, it was. At one point Levi found one of the bandannas the staff wear tucked away in the shelf where they store menus and salt & pepper shakers. Instead of someone telling him he couldn’t play with that, they instead brought out an apron and dressed him up as one of the staff and proceeded to play with him and take pictures. Including the owner. Shortly after all the fun we asked for the  check. The total was about C$650 tip NOT included. As a thanks for a) their always excellent service, and b) their playfulness with Levi...

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La Posada Rotiseria

La Posada Rotiseria

If you want some fantastico pollo in Matagalpa I highly recommend La Posada Rotiseria. It’s off the beaten path, and a long time local favorite; not a place at all overrun with tourists, of which there are few in Matagalpa anyway. Levi got fried chicken. This fried chicken was REAL fried chicken. It looked like it had been fried in a well-seasoned, 50-year-old kettle with the same grease used to fry the previous day’s worth of fried chicken. It was not fast food KFC by a long shot. Roberta and I both got Pollo de la Plancha which was…well I don’t want to get wordy…it was the best chicken we’ve had in Nicaragua since we got here four months ago. La Posada is a very old “mom and pop” place. Much of it is furnished with plastic lawn furniture. The men’s room utilizes a trough (you guys know what I mean) and a broken toilet that doesn’t flush, but they’ve provided a work around for this. Between the trough...

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Mely’s Bar y Restaurante

Mely’s Bar y Restaurante

Location: Calle Calzada. De la Catedral 1 1/2 c. al lago Today we had lunch at Mely’s Bar y Restaurante. It’s amazing we’ve never eaten here before since it’s on La Calzada and we pass by it several times per week. I’m not sure if this implies that their street-side marketing sucks, or if we are incredibly un-observant people, but either way I will certainly be eating there again. I don’t think Roberta will, though. Her order was not at all what she THOUGHT she ordered…but this happened often even in The States. You see, Roberta is a complicated orderer. She can’t simply point at something on a menu and say, “I want that!” No, she has to add all sorts of intricate requests and caveats so that when she’s done, what she’s ordered doesn’t actually exist on the menu. I’ve routinely heard her order a pepperoni pizza on whole wheat bread with mustard and, instead of pepperoni, thinly sliced deli turkey and pickles. I can’t imagine how many...

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Pizzeria Don Luca

Pizzeria Don Luca

Location:  Calle La Calzada. From the cathedral, 2 blocks to Lake  Calle La CalzadaThis is going to be a groundbreaking post for your friendly neighborhood gringo. Instead of writing about a place after the fact, I’m going to write about a place while I’m here experiencing it! How’s that for a good use of modern technology? I’m currently sitting in Pizzeria Don Luca looking out at La Calzada for a very late lunch at around 3:00 in the afternoon. I just ordered a vegetarian pizza. I had wanted some sort of pasta dish, but was informed that right now they are only doing pizzas. I guess the full menu doesn’t take effect until dinner time. Originally I had wanted to go to Nectar for their jalapeno chicken, but I somehow passed it up and by the time I realized it I was already in front of Pizzeria Don Luca. My pizza is here! I’m eating it: The pizza is alright. It has black and green olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and some...

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