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Central America: Guatemalan @ El Tinajon

We next migrate further south to Central America, starting with Guatemala.

According to Metromix, "although this . . . eatery does sell crowd-pleasing chips and salsa (Guatemalans call it 'chirmol'), the specialty here is Guatemalan food, which stresses soups and stews prepared with meat. 'Guatemalan food is not as heavy as Mexican,' says one regular. 'It's more tasty and not hot.' Staffers are happy to dispense advice on the menu and describe the differences between Guatemalan beers."

From Time Out Chicago:

"With two decades under its belt, this might just be the oldest Guatemalan spot in town. Start with the bright pink tamarind-and-rum cocktail, and you’ll blend right into the cozy room’s color scheme. The menu is heavy on seafood, with standouts that include grilled tilapia, grilled shrimp and seafood soup. The chuchitos (Guatemalan tamales) are excellent, and the burritos aren’t your standard Mexican variation but instead emphasize fresh veggies and black beans."

The restaurant is BYOB. Check out the menu here.

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  • ISCChicago

    We had the whole place to ourselves! The food was really good, too!

    February 17, 2014

  • AlanB

    Can't get out of a prior commitment.

    February 17, 2014

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