The photos on the facade of La Parrillada Restaurante gave some indication of the delicacies inside, though it wasn't until we looked at the menu that we realized it was a Guatemalan restaurant.
Sampling the Guatemalan appetizers we tried a pupusa revuelta, a fried taco, and something I have never heard of- the "pacayas forradas."
The pupusa was fine, fairly standard, perhaps more bean heavy than I like. The fried taco, filled with steak and chorizo, was excellent. I think I am just going to come out and say that tacos are better when fried.
Subsequent research taught me that pacayas are date palms and a Guatemalan food stable. This preparation had them battered and served with tomato sauce. The slightly bitter taste and interesting texture had me peel back the batter to get a glimpse of what exactly I was eating.
I made this picture smaller, because pacayas are not photogenic. They look like duck toes. Regardless- I liked them a lot and it was fun to try a completely new plant. Would you try it?
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