Taste dishes that have been passed down through generations at Ajiacos y Mondongos, a modest lunch counter with a handful of tables. Locals line up for their choice of traditional stews like ajiaco (chicken and potato), mondongo (tripe), or cazuela con frijoles (beef with beans) ($10 each), made from scratch daily.
Dine on the city’s best brunch dishes at Creole fusion restaurant Bonaur, where smoked salmon with passion fruit béarnaise ($8), ham and corn omelettes ($6), and papaya with green chicken curry ($8) are standouts. Located inside the Museo de Arte Moderno, it’s also a destination on weekend evenings for sipping old-fashioneds ($7) and listening to live blues bands.
Sample locavore cuisine at the modish, three-level Bijao, where ingredients are sourced directly from area farmers. Chef Andrei Mikail López’s menu draws on all of Latin America for inspiration, resulting in delicious takes on octopus ceviche ($8) and moqueca ($18), a traditionally Brazilian fish stew.