It didn't take me long after moving to Panajachel to get very tired of chicken. The traditional Guatemalan meal served in restaurants is some variation of it. Grilled chicken seasoned lightly served with black beans, rice, a little side of guacamole and cooked vegetables. The seasoning is what defines the chicken on the menu but seriously, after a few times it all tastes the same to me.
One restaurant (with the unfortunate name of The Last Resort) we go to often, and we like to take guests who visit since the food is so fabulous.
I will order the chicken because the sauce they serve with it is different and distinctive: Italian or curry or some other thing that is always delicious. Plus they don't bother with the black beans and rice but instead give a half dozen sides of vegetables, cooked or raw and seasoned to perfection. It's the only place I order chicken any more.
But I do love fried chicken, available everywhere, on corner stands and in tiny walk-in cafes specializing in fried chicken (pollo frito) and french fries (papas fritas).
One must be careful where you buy fried chicken, as I've seen it setting out for hours. Wait around until the cook puts fresh pieces out before you buy. I've never tasted fried chicken as delicious as the Guatemalans make it.
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