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El Conuco: Buffet and a Show
Gloria (the guide) asked us if we wanted to shop, and I said no, so we got back into the car and drove to a restaurant called El Conusco. She said this is where all the tours go for lunch. It is well set up for large groups of people and has a buffet of national foods for people to eat.
Egarrido explained to me that the word "conuco" is a Taino word (original inhabitants of the island) and it means "small piece of land used for farming or family plot."
They also did a show here where they danced, including standing on top of a bottle and dancing. (pictured). I think that the performers/waitresses or waiters would dance with the guests too (although not on the bottle). I have posted two videos of this
There was a place labeled "La Purperia dia Pueblo" next to the entrance which had souveniers etc inside, and Gloria said it was the model of a country house. It was decorated with flowers, as was an exhibit of a horse drawn buggy which was parked out front.
I went to the bathroom which was pretty reasonable, except there was no toilet seat - or rather there was one on one side which had broken off the toilet.
Favorite Dish: They had spaghetti and yams and chicken plus various salads. The price was included in the tour price so I don't really know what it cost. Both Gloria and the driver ate a lot - more than we did.
Daily noon-2am and the average price according to websites is $15.00
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El Conuco: Real typical Dominican restaurant...
Come to "the countryside" (its English name) for the best-tasting and most authentic Dominican dishes in the capital. La Bahía may have better seafood, but otherwise this place is superb, if a bit corny. The waiters in costume will even dance a wicked merengue with you. Few restaurants have been as successful at commercializing the charms of rural Dominican life, and as such, it has attracted many of the country's sports and pop-music stars. You'll find it within an upscale residential neighborhood near the Malecón, close to the Jaragua Resort. Inside, you'll find hammocks, domino tables, colorful weavings.
Favorite Dish: Familiar menu items here include six kinds of steak, and chicken prepared with red wine, onions, and mushrooms. Only the venturesome dare try cow's foot stew. A specialty here is the Dominican flag, a traditional platter whose various colors derive from artfully arranged portions of white rice, beans, meat, fried bananas, and salad.
El Conuco: The taste of the Dominican Food
The restaurant is located in the neighborhood close by the "Malecon". It is a really unique restaurant where you can enjoy the really Dominican taste by its decoration, food and even the way that the waiters are dressed. They can serve all the main dishes of the Dominican food that locals enjoy like 'Bacalao guisado', 'Mofongo', and others.
They usually have music.. and also have live dancers including 'Merengue Tipico" and a hot salsa to dance in top of a bottle. You just dont go there to enjoy your food.. also you can learn a lot about the Dominican and its culture by all the elements of the decoration and the slangs that they waiters use when they speak. I enjoyed it and learned about DR a lot!
Favorite Dish: Crab is delicious here!
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