Category Archives: Dining Out

Restaurants (Fine and Fast Food)

Subway Changes

It has been a while since I have gone to Subway for breakfast, but today I thought it would be good for change.

When Lilliam is away, I get tired of my own cooking. Subway used to be a good place to go and have an omelet. I also need my morning coffee and was ready for one of the omelets and a strong coffee to get the day started off right.

When I went in and asked for an omelet, it appears that they were surprised. They searched for the hotplate and got it plugged in and took my order for what kind of omelet I wanted.

I moved to the cash register and ordered a coffee and was told they no longer have coffee. Ok, I decided I would just carry it home and make my own coffee.

I asked for the jubilado discount and was told they don’t provide discounts on omelets. Seems like a violation of the law to me, but no big deal. I never ask for discounts at mom and pop restaurants, but I always ask at US based franchises.

The last time I was there the price included the omelet and coffee for the price I paid for the omelet alone today.

The omelet was good, but not good enough to have to order and take home. Subway will move off my breakfast providers.

Restaurante Mar y Tierra in David


Yesterday we tried out the Mar y Tierra restaurant in David. It is good to have another good restaurant open on Sunday’s.

It replaces a previous restaurant Cuatro.

The restaurant is an upscale restaurant and the menu is in the photo album at the end of the post.

The service was extremely good and the food we had was excellent. I had fried shrimp and Lilliam had fish. Both were excellent.

I will be returning to try other items on the menu,

Following is a driving video I did for the Cuatro restaurant, but while the name has changed, the directions are the same.

Following  is the photo album. If you stop in to Mar y Tierra, tell them you heard about them on Chiriquí Chatter.

Entrepan Revisited

Since my first visit to Entrepan, I have revisited several times. It has become my go to place for sandwiches. Entrepan has one of the best, if not the best, hamburgers in David. Luis uses a special butcher to provide him with quality beef.

I have had several different sandwiched now and two recent ones are shown on this post.

On my last visit, two of us also tried Luis’s desserts. I had the brownie and it was fantastic. The other dessert shown is the ice-cream sandwich. Luis prepares everything in this restaurant from scratch, including the bread, to insure it is fresh and tastes great.

So many different types of sandwiches, each representing a sandwich as prepared in its country of origin. I have had one from Cuba and one from France and a good old USA hamburger. All great and more to be tried.

If you drop in, Chef Luis will be the one in the kitchen. Tell him you heard about Entrepan from Chiriquí Chatter.


Last Meal At Smokin Mamma’s

No I do not mean the most recent meal at Smokin Mama’s, I mean it is the last meal I plan on having there.

I had intended on eating at Verano’s Pizza, but I had forgotten the hours of service and it was closed.

Verona's Hours
Verona’s Hours

I decided I would go to Pizza Hut, but as I passed Smokin Mamma’s, I thought that it had been a long time since I was there and I stopped.

The menu looked larger and before I found the burgers, I saw a brisket sandwich. I love good brisket and that is what I ordered.

When it came out, it looked great. Nice looking bun, cheese and peppers falling out of the bun and a smokey odor that really made me start salivating.


I cut it in half and took a bite. The meat, in the first bite, was tough. The second bite was just as tough and the meat was over cooked. I managed to eat half, but told myself it would not be smart to eat the second half.

I opened the bun to get a better look. the first thing I saw was two huge pieces of sliced fat. Neither was not connected to other meat, so it had to be placed on the sandwich intentionally.

I inspected the rest of the meat and knew that my decision to only eat half was wise.

To say the least, I was more than a little disappointed. The waitress was pleasant and did a good job. I tipped her $2 on my $10 bill to avoid waiting for change.

There are other good burger places in David, so there is no reason for me to back. The next time I need a burger, I ‘ll go back to Beef or Mezcla Gourmet.

Where’s The Beef?

20160802_130439Ah, at last the answer to that age old question, “Where’s the Beef?”.

I have been meaning to stop into the Beef restaurant, since I was told about it. Apparently this David restaurant has been around since last October. I heard about it after returning from my Texas/Oklahoma trip.

Yesterday, I decided the time had come to check it out. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday. The hours are noon until 3PM and 5PM until 11PM.

The meat products are brought in from the US (Texas) and Argentina. They also have freezers with products you can take home. These are premium meat cuts with premium prices. They also have some seafood products and they are all local.

I went the cheapest route and got a cheeseburger. It was as good a burger, if not the best burger, I have had in Chiriquí. It won’t be my last meal at the Beef.

The restaurant is easy to find as it is just over the bridge coming into David from Boquete, on the right side of the road.


If you stop in, tell them you heard of them from Chiriquí Chatter.

Photos of the restaurant, my burger, the menu and meat prices follow.

Seasons Restaurant – Boquete

I received a request to post the following:

Seasons Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of the emerald green highlands of Boquete, Panama, a surprising culinary jewel has emerged. Season Restaurant, the signature feature of the newly opened clubhouse of Lucero Golf & Country Club brings fine dining to a new level.

A native of New York and Panamanian resident, Season Executive Chef Craig Jacobs, draws on influences from his travels to countries as far as Northern Thailand and as close as Cuba and Peru to create menu that is as committed to fresh season ingredients as it is to change. “Seasons will be ever changing,” said Chef Jacobs, “I will modify the menu using what is fresh and in season. We will have a farm-to-table concept and we are starting to plant many ingredients onsite.”

It’s hard to imagine a more fitting environment for exploring Chef Craig’s international fusion menu than the pool side dining deck, or Season’s breezy indoor dining room, which is an equally enticing spot to meet for a drink or to entertain those out-of-town guests who are sure to arrive once word of Chef Craig’s Seasons Restaurant gets out.

Seasons Restaurant, located in La Estrella, Jaramillo, in Boquete, will open its doors on July 18th, and will be open Wednesdays through Mondays from 11:30am to 9pm.


Another good restaurant has closed its doors in David. It was Cuatro.

I wrote Luis Mendizábal and he confirmed that it is closed. He has opened a smaller sandwich shop called Entrepan just two blocks past Oteima on the left side of the street.


It is open Monday to Saturday from 11:00am to 9:00pm.

Lilliam and i tried to out the other day. As I entered the restaurant, this was what caught my eye. Now, with that as a motto, you know you are in for a treat in sandwiches.


Here are the menus for sandwiches and drinks. Everything is made fresh including the bread.

Lilliam and I split a Cubano sandwich. Very good.


Here is a map, showing it’s location.


The Grand Avenue Restaurant

Out with the old. In with the new. Jewelberry sold and is now open under the new name of The Grand Avenue Restaurant.

Here is the Google Map in case you don’t remember the location.

I am happy to say that Broster Chicken is still on the menu as well as the frozen yogurt.

We went the first Sunday we returned from the US. The restaurant is open on Sundays with a buffet. It is always good to have another Sunday choice because there aren’t that many that I like.

The restaurant has a larger menu and several items I want to try such as fried shrimp.

I had the Broster Chicken and it was the same. I had french fries instead of the potato wedges that I didn’t care for. It had more of a salad than slaw.

The service was very good and they have expanded eating areas.

If you drop in, tell them you read about them on Chiriquí Chatter.

Photos follow.