Panama City has an emerging culinary scene
Looking for somewhere great to eat while in Panama City, Panama? I asked a few of my “foodie” friends if they’d provide me a list of their favorite culinary haunts in PTY. Here’s the short list:
Athens – Greek/Pizza
A favorite amongst locals. Even though they advertise their pizza, the real winner on the menu is the Lodopsomo – think Greek nachos. Don’t forget to ask for a topping of peperoncini if you like it spicy!
Beirut – Lebanese/Mediterranean
Hands down some of the best service you will find in Panama. This place is great for groups, and on Saturdays they have live music and belly dancers. Try any of the combo platters (Beirut #51 is a good one) and don’t forget the after dinner hookah.
Ego – Peruvian/Italian
Located in Plaza Bolivar in Casco Viejo, Ego is located across from the popular (and overrated) Casablanca. Enjoy the same incredible scenery but with better quality food. My favorite dish is the chicken ravioli – think chicken potpie in ravioli…different but delicious.
Market – American Style Bistro
I can’t say enough good things about this place. Their food is excellent, the prices reasonable, great service and an excellent wine list. When I need a piece of home, I know nothing will do the trick better than Market’s Executive Burger.
La Posta – Fusion
La Posta’s reputation as one of the best restaurants in Panama is well deserved. With menu items as low as $11, this 5 star dining experience delivers on every level.
The highlight: Short Ribs with Parmesan Risotto – one of the more expensive menu items but worth every savory bite.
Los Años Locos –Steak House
A recent discovery for me off of Calle 50 (take the first right after the KFC before The Rey and it is on the right-hand side), this local steakhouse offers great prices, service and $1.50 beers. My filet came out to medium rare perfection and probably weighed in at 16 ounces. Combine the fillet with a side dish and a trip to the salad beer for $14 and you have a hell of a deal. Did I mention beers are $1.50?
Steinbock – German
This European Chalet might be better known for its impressive imported beer selection, but the food is also not to be missed. Highlight: the assortment of yummy sausages (particularly the pork with spices) and sauerkraut. When feeling adventurous, try the schnitzel as well!
La Vitrola – Steak and Seafood
For an up-scale dinner spot, you can’t get any better than this. With a great location in Costa del Este and live Cuban jazz music every night, the setting here is perfect. Their assortment of shrimp dishes are amazing and the wine list is exquisite–if you’re looking to impress, order the La Crema Pinot Noir.
Cayucos – Panamanian
Next time you are out enjoying the Causeway and find your stomach growling, skip all those flashy, overpriced, marginal restaurants that line the road and head to the very end toward the marina. Past Bennigans, right on the water overlooking the boats is a shack with tables and chairs called “Cayucos.” This local spot boast fantastic views, buckets of beer and whole fried fish.
La Mar – Peruvian
Brand new and located just behind the Power Club gym in El Cangrejo. Great ceviche here that goes very well with their excellent Pisco Sours—though be careful, these drinks will kick your butt. Interestingly enough, they have amazing desserts as well.
|Written by Casey Halloran|
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