“I want to get off the beaten path, to get away from the tourist traps, to eat and live like a local.” — random Western tourist in every country ever.
To go where no man has gone before.
To seek out new…restaurants?
It’s incredibly easy to pull out your phone, open TripAdvisor, and look for the best reviewed restaurants near you. Why take a risk when all you need to know is in the palm of your hand?
Yet then we complain that we’re eating at the same restaurants as everybody else.
I’ve got a solution for you. Well, at least a solution for El Castillo, Nicaragua.
Comedor El Raudal.
The exterior of Comedor El Raudal. I’m not sure what’s keeping the building upright.
A comedor is a small casual eatery and this place couldn’t be any more casual if it tried. Heck, it’s not even on TripAdvisor so there’s little chance you’ll encounter other tourists here.
It is a dilapidated wooden structure hanging precipitously to the side of the river bank. Basically, it’s a light blue wooden shack clinging for dear life over the river rapids.
The view of the river rapids from your table at the comedor.
But damn, the food is good and the beer is cold, real cold.
There is no gas or electric stove, only a wood-burning one. There were two women working here who were a little surprised to see a foreign tourist. Or perhaps they were a little grumpy that they had to get out of their hammocks to prepare my meal.
And what a meal it was!
First, let me be clear about Nicaraguan food. If variety is the spice of life, there is no spice in Nicaragua. It is the same menu in every restaurant and comedor. Grilled or fried meats, rice, French fries, small side salad, and some type of cooked veggies as well. The meat may or may not have a sauce. The best sauce is without a doubt is the creamy jalapeño, but I tried something different on this particular day.
I opted for the grilled chicken with churrasco sauce. I’ve had this meal at least a dozen times (probably more) in Nicaragua and this one beat them all. Churrasco sauce is a chimichurri sauce which is made of parsley, garlic, peppers, and olive oil.
I downed it with a few ice cold beers and was extremely happy. How much did this set me back? It was only 200 cordobas ($6.40) and the beers were 40 cordobas each ($1.27).
Would I go back there again? Who says I haven’t been back already??
Great views, service, food, and cold beers. Yes, please.
Hopefully, no one adds this place to TripAdvisor. Let’s keep it our little secret ;-).
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