Eating and drinking

The cheapest meals are the
comida corriente
, or the sometimes better prepared and more expensive
comida típica
, which usually contain some of the following: beans, rice, meat, avocado, egg, cabbage salad, cheese, bananas, potatoes or yucca, and always tortillas.
Carne asada
is charcoal-roasted meat and served with grated cabbage between tortillas; it is good, although rarely prepared hygienically. Make sure that pork is properly cooked.
Tajadas
are crisp, fried
plátano
chips topped with grated cabbage and sometimes meat;
nacatamales
are ground, dry maize mixed with meat and seasoning, boiled in banana leaves.
Baleadas
are soft flour tortillas filled with beans and various combinations of butter, egg, cheese and cabbage.
Pupusas
are thick corn tortillas filled with
chicharrón
(pork scratchings), or cheese, served as snacks with beer.
Tapado
is a stew with meat or fish, plantain, yucca and coconut milk.
Pinchos
are meat, poultry, or shrimp kebabs.
Sopa de mondongo
(tripe soup) is very common.

Fish is sold on the beaches at Trujillo and Cedeño. While on the north coast, look out for
pan de coco
(coconut bread) made by Garífuna (Black Carib) women, and
sopa de camarones
(prawn soup) prepared with coconut milk and lemon juice. Honduras is now a major producer of tilapia with exports to the US and fresh tilapia available in many restaurants.

Drink

Soft drinks are called
refrescos
, or
frescos
(the name also given to fresh fruit blended with water, make sure you check that bottled water is used as tap water is unsafe);
licuados
are fruit blended with milk. Bottled drinking water is available in most places.
Horchata
is morro seeds, rice water and cinnamon. Coffee is thick and sweet. The main brands of
beer
are Port Royal Export, Imperial, Nacional, Barena and Salva Vida (more malty than the others). Local
rum
is cheap, try Flor de Caña white, or seven-year-old amber. Twelve-year-old Flor de Caña Centenario is regarded as the best.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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