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Food & Dining in Nicaragua

Nicaragua has an exciting and tasty culinary tradition, but visitors may have to work a bit to experience it. Meals that are both healthy and good examples of the delicious local cuisine are hard to find in many areas. In Managua, the neighbourhood surrounding the InterContinental Hotel has several restaurants that feature deliciously prepared native specialities.

The beans-and-rice dish known as gallo pinto is the staple of the Nicaraguan diet. Other local specialities include baho (meat, bananas and vegetables), nacatamales (meat and vegetables), vigoron (pork and casava) and mondongo (tripe and cow knuckles). Any fish or seafood dish served at Pochomil or Poneloya is a good bet as are guirila (a thick fresh-corn tortilla served with sour cream or cheese), tajada (fried plantain chips served with shredded cabbage and vinegar hot sauce) and the many exotic Nicaraguan fruits, including mangos, papayas, jocotes, guayabas (guavas), pitaya, tamarind and melocoton (star fruit).

Local beverages include frescos (tropical fruit drinks), tiste (a unique corn and cacao drink), and some of the excellent rums and beers produced locally – Victoria is one of the local brews.

For those seeking more familiar fare, deluxe hotels in Managua offer a fairly wide variety of international foods, and there are several fast-food chain restaurants in the city. There are also a surprising number of Italian eateries in the capital, as well as many other fine international restaurants concentrated in the Los Robles district.





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