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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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We Made a Grill

We Made a Grill

Actually, Roberta made a grill. She’d been wanting to grill for a long time. I think because there is a place around the corner with a huge grill that cooks about 40 chickens every night on the sidewalk and it smells fantastic from our house. The problem is that we couldn’t find any affordable grills anywhere. The only one we found was a very small Weber grill in the big hardware store, Lugo, but they wanted about $125 USD for it. Too much for something we’d probably use every night for a week out of excitement and then not touch for months and would just end up a rusted heap on the back patio. I speak from experience, here. Walking around Granada we always see people grilling; either small restaurants with outdoor grills or individuals, but the grills are always hand made out of barrels or some other container. Except in Lugo, we’ve never seen a commercially made consumer grill in use. Of course, in larger restaurants like El...

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El Camello Restaurante Granada, Nicaragua

El Camello Restaurante Granada, Nicaragua

Location: Calle El Caimito, from Parque Central, 2 blocks towards the lake. El Camello is one of our favorite places to grab lunch. It’s a Mediterranean food joint on Calle El Cisne and Calle El Caimito. The food is light fare that won’t slow you down for the rest of the day. I’ve never been a huge fan of falafel balls, and this place hasn’t changed that. I can’t really chime in on whether they are good or bad, although I suspect they are at least on par with the best falafel balls out there. What I can recommend, however, is the chicken shawarma. You can get it either as a sandwich wrapped in a pita or as a plate. I usually get the plate because I prefer to use a knife and fork. I’m sophisticated that way. Only savages shove food into their eating holes with their bare hands! Of course I’m kidding. I routinely shove food and other random things into my eating hole with my bare...

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The Garden Cafe

The Garden Cafe

TripAdvisor.com 2013 Certificate of Excellence Winner Location: Central Park 1 block East | Calle Libertad y Avenida Cervantes, Granada, Nicaragua I can easily recommend The Garden Cafe as a great place to grab a bite to eat. It was the first restaurant we ate at when we moved here and we have had breakfast or lunch there at least once per week ever since. It is our kid’s absolutely favorite place to go in town, liking it even more than TelePizza, primarily because of their dense, jungle-like courtyard and two massive hammocks. I mean, all he ever gets there is a grilled cheese sandwich, so it’s not like he’s really judging the place on it’s culinary merits. Speaking of culinary merits, the food is consistently good. It is lighter fare, so you never walk out of there feeling like a greasy slob. If you’re looking for more of a diner style breakfast that really sticks to your ribs (and your waist) you should hit up Kathy’s Waffle House, but here at The Garden Cafe you’ll...

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