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by enRoute

Review: Definitely worth checking out... it's one of the fancier, and more "storied" places in Antigua (chairs read things like: "Francis Ford Coppola sat here" and Bill Clinton's, uh, visit features prominently on the walls). What I do love at this place is the Vegetarian Pepian. This is a truly special Guatemalan dish and here is one of the few places that I've truly enjoyed it. While I'm a bit curious about an earlier poster's claim that they felt there was chicken stock in it, I was told quite emphatically by the manager that this wasn't the case and that they have many long-term veggie clients (lots of rich folks from the capital use this as their go-to place in Antigua). It's worth investigating a bit more, but I'd like to think it's because they use a lot of the special ingredients that make these dishes noteworthy; roasted/ground sesame, pumpkin seeds, black chiles, etc.


Posted by enRoute on Friday, February 22, 2013
...quick note on this, "La Escudilla" is an entirely different restaurant on another street and has no relation to La Fonda. La Escudilla used to offer some nice veggie options, but it's gone downhill lately. This confused me several times till I figured out the real deal: "La Fonda de la Calle Real" is the correct name and there are actually three branches within one block of each other. Currently investigating to ensure that no animal stock is used in their vegetarian menu dishes.
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