When I first arrived in Antigua, I found a job as an English teacher at a little school in the southeast corner of Antigua. My first day, one of my fellow teachers told me he knew the perfect place for lunch. He showed me this incredible little place that you would never look at twice if you didn’t know about it.
This sweet little restaurant is located down an alley that doesn’t show up on any maps of Antigua on 3ra calle Oriente (the second alley in the last block if you are walking toward the Calzada) and it is my favorite place to eat. Every day, from noon until 1 pm, they have a set lunch for Q20 or about $2.50. This includes bread and soup, a main dish with meat and a side, plus tortillas, a dessert and a pitcher of the day’s “fresco” or juice.
I took my sister twice to this place and the second time I used her awesome camera to take some photos. We had:
Baby acorn squash soup
Baked chicken with salad
Strawberry Coconut Juice
It was all delicious! The thing that really makes me love this place, though, is the people. It is a family owned restaurant and when I first started eating there, the oldest daughter had a baby. He’s now a tall, strapping young man and she’s had two daughters. The youngest daughter has only recently married and had a couple of little girls and they are frequently found in the restaurant, toddling around with their cousins. The grandfather passed away a few years ago, but the father and the grandmother are still there, working in the simple kitchen with their three daughters/granddaughters.
I also recommend this place to my visitors because in over a decade of eating there, I have never once been ill. Always a good thing. They do serve other things besides the set meal, but it takes a very long time to prepare (though it is also insanely good!), so we usually just go for the quick meal.