El Zaguan: This is one yummy Garage
El Zaguan is definately a Do Not Miss Restaurant while in Granda. The Food is perfectly prepared and presented. The experience would likely cost 4 or 5 times as much back in Boston. Surroundings are pleasant with cloth covered tables, prompt and courteous wait staff, and only a block or two from central park. At night the traveling musicians come on create just the perfect touch for the evening.
Favorite Dish: my favorite meal is the combination grill which comes on an actual grill. With steak, chicken, Chorizo, corn, and potatoes. Perfectly marinated and seasoned, i cant wait to return to granda just to eat at this restaurant
Excellent food, Spanish cuisine with tables set around a beautiful courtyard with a fountain and candles. It is fairly expensive but worth a visit, I had garlic prawns and they were excellent. It has a very romantic ambience and the decor is stunning.
This is a small boutique hotel but they also have a restaurant in the courtyard, we had some really nice sandwiches and enjoyed the cooling fan above. Even though it is a Spanish colonial building the decor is Indonesian and it looks fantastic, the bar is lovely at night, very stylish. It looks very smart but a Cubra Libre is only C$15, just under a dollar. I had excellent Chicken Satay for dinner.
Redfords does burgers and sandwiches mainly. The chicken and fish strips are good and I loved the shrimp pasta. There is also a bar and a lounge where our daughter watched TV. It is not open everyday so it is worth checking
On Calle El Caimito about two blocks East of Parc Central (On the RHS)
The pizzas are very good and come in either thin or thick base. We ate and drank well for just USD10 for the three of us. They also have special ice-creams for desert. The tables are laid out around an open courtyard and is brightly decorated. It is always packed full of Nicaraguan families and is good value for money. The address has changed from the one in the latest lonely planet, it is now on Calle la Libertad (east of parc central) NOT Calle El Caimito. They will also deliver to your hostel.
Kathy's waffle house: Best breakfast in town
Very popular with tourists and Nicas. You may have to wait for a table in the lounge in the back as they get very busy
Favorite Dish: They have waffles (obviously! - pecan and bluberry), cooked breakfast, pancakes, bagels, omelets, gallo pinto (rice and beans), just about anything you could want. The coffee is also very good. We paid C$150 (less than $10) for three of us.
At 11am they were still going strong so I am not sure what time they are open till.
El Tercer Ojo: Zen-like noshing
So peaceful! Makes dining there a pleasure.
Tasteful decorations that make it hip. Books to browse while waiting for your drinks/food.
Just spray your ankles with bug-repellant lest the mosquitos decide to dine on you.
Favorite Dish: We had delicious ham and cheese crepes, tortilla espanola, olives, and a fourth dish I can't remember, but I am sure it was tasty.
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El Zaguan: Grilled yumminess and best pina coladas!
The food, atmosphere, and service were so good the first time that we just had to go back!
El Zaguan literally means "The Garage," but there's no need to worry about any grunge. Rather, this is an upscale establishment.
We started off with a pina colada and some sangria. Both yummy! The pina colada was smooth and frozen, and didn't have the strong rum taste. I'm fine with not-so-heavy drinks. It cost 25 Cordobas (about $1.60 US).
All the meats were grilled to perfection and so tasty!
Next time we're in Granada, we'll be sure to visit El Zaguan again!
Favorite Dish: The filet mignon is cooked exactly to taste. So tender! The cost: about 130 Cordobas (approx. $8 US). It comes with a salad, some plantains, rice, and some potato.
We also had the parillada (juice-coated grill upon which rests several meats: chorizo, chicken, pork, shishkabob; and some sides). This came with a salad, plantain, yucca, and rice, and cost about 130-150 Cordobas (less than $10 US).
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Asadero.com: No, it's not an Internet Cafe!
This looks like a little hole in the wall (blink and you miss it) but it really expands inside.
A good place to try if you're vegetarian, or just looking for a change. They have about 12 different choice of vegetable dishes (including a nice coconut curied one). They also have chicken.
Quiet place with good service.
Favorite Dish: My favourite were the Asian-inspired veggie dishes and the ones with eggplant. Good chicken too.
Cafe Chavalos: Gourmet food for a good cause!
This colourful little restaurant away from the centre of town offers a 4-course menu for about 85 Cordobas ($6 US) from Tuesday to Friday only.
It's special because it doubles as a cooking school for teenagers who may otherwise have no opportunities to acquire skills to help them find employment. The master chef is no other than Sergio, the breakfast cook at "Another Night in Paradise". (See Accommodation tips).
The kids prepare and serve the food to the 25 or so guests who come every night. It's always full.
Favorite Dish: I had three meals at cafe Chavalos and I think my favourite items were the ceviche (raw marinated seafood) and the cream of mushroom soup. :-)
It's not truly what would qualify as a "fancy" restaurant, but compared to standard Nicaragua fare (rice, french fries, chicken/beef/fish, and plantain), it's definitely gourmet!
Dona Conchi's Hospedaje: Dona Conchi saved our life
The Spanish Dona Conchi has a very nice small Guest House and saved our lives with the most delicious lunch (salad, fruit and coffee). There is also a small souvenirshop and it is possible to sleep there. Nice atmosphere.
Telepizza: Where do the locals go in Granada
One night we were hungry and tired but wanted to go to a place where the locals were. Not a 'Gringo restaurant'. We ended up at the Telepizza, cheap, good food and with the posibility of taking leftovers in a doggybag . It's certainly not a place I would choose at home, but it was good to be part of the Granada Fastfood cirquit for one night.
Favorite Dish: PIZZA
El Tercer Ojo: Tapas, wine, pasta
Great courtyard to dine in; happy hour gives you 2 for 1 wine or sangria glasses; lots of tapas and good pasta.
Asia Latina: Latin-infused Asian
Mmmm, great ambience, super friendly staff and food- typical latin food as well as Thai, Chinese and Indian creations. Great drinks (mmm mojitos), curries etc. Lots of art and great music.
Pizzeria Don Lucas
My favourite pizza place in Granada. It has a nice cozy atmosphere and the pizzas are baked in proper pizza ovens.
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