Category Archives: David Restaurants

The Buffalo House Revisited

Last Thursday, Lilliam and I met Fran Hogan at the Buffalo House for lunch. My first visit to The Buffalo House is HERE and it contains directions and the menu.

On Thursday, we all ordered from the Lunch Menu (M-F Only), which gives you one entree, one side and a large bottle drink for $6.75.

Lilliam ordered the chicken tenders with Parmesan and garlic sauce. I ordered the pulled pork. I ordered pickles and it also came with a slice of american cheese. If you con’t want cheese, remember to say so when you order.

Lilliam took yucca and I took onion rings. Lilliam liked the way the yucca was done and I had onion rings the last time, which is why I reordered them.


Fran had wings and they are not pictured.

I think we would all say that we had a good meal for the price.

It is been a while since Fran and I had been able to talk. Of course we have been in touch via the Internet, but in person, it was oh so much more – I guess the word would be ‘personal’.

We talked about Lilliam’s and my visit with Marion and how this tragedy has turned a wonderful person and her daughter’s lives upside down.

We discussed how everyone is on edge because of the uptick in violent crime, and the frustrations of wondering what it is going to take before action is seen.

We also had fun commiserating about our banishment from Boquete Ning. We wondered how many of us that are out there and if there should be a reunion. Of course some of our favorites are still there either in their original persona or in newly created one.

We wondered if it would be appropriate to have t-shirts made for the reunion. We have the perfect image to put on the t-shirts.


It was a good lunch and I really enjoyed my visit with Fran. It helped remove some of the stress that I feel each day that Lilliam and I visit Marion.

I apologize for this restaurant post ending on a low note, but at the moment I feel a little low. I think crime and violence will get worse before real action is taken. I am reminded of the effect of these home invasions each day when go to Hospital Mae Lewis.

Deborah Visits Restaurant Mezcla Gourmet in David

Yesterday, for Sunday lunch, we went to Mezcla Gourmet.

I still like the burger as one of my favorites in David. One thing that makes it special is the garlic mayonnaise that is made especially for the sides.

The soup wasn’t on the menu. You have to know that Sundays are soup days. When Lilliam saw others having soup, she asked what they had and tried a special rice soup that is traditional in Costa Rica. She gave me a taste, and I gave it two thumbs up.

Deborah had her heart set on a special sandwich the other day and Terraza’s wouldn’t switch the cheese. She gave Mescal’s sandwich two thumbs up and loved the mayo.

Deborah also ordered a special health drink that she buys in Mexico. We had a good outing.

Pupusas and Precautions

I got a WhatsApp message from Rosita saying that there would be Pupusas today.

Deborah had never had them and said we should add it to our list of international food we had eaten lately.

We ate Mexican the other day in Boquete at Antojitos. We had Italian at Verona’s, We had Greek at Tops and now we have Salvadorian Pupusas from Rosita.

Rosita asked about Lilliam and I told her that Lilliam was in Panama City, but I had a guest that was staying with me while her mother recovered from being shot in Potrerillos. Rosita said it was really getting scary in Chiriquí.

Rosita said that yesterday afternoon she noticed four young men watching her house. She said she going to have to start securing the house more during the day.

I live in a good area of David and everyone is getting nervous.

Kaffas in David


Today for lunch I tried a new restaurant that has be open for a couple months. It is called Kaffas.

As you can see from the sign out front, they are offering lunch  from $2.75.

The menu contains simple foods including Hamburgers, pizzas, tacos, nachos, sandwiches and more.

They serve sodas, fruit drinks, beer and mixed drinks.

I had two soft beef tacos and enjoyed them. They were nice and spicy and had a good flavor. I will return to try more on their menu.

If you stop in, tell them you learned of them from Chiriqui Chatter. Click to look at the Google Map for the location, which adjacent to Parque de Madres.

Sabore’s in David


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I mentioned in my previous post, that I was going to visit a new Venezuelan restaurant, that I learned about from one of Dario’s students.

I was able to go yesterday evening. Sabore’s opens at 5:00PM and closes at 11:00 PM or a little later. This will make it a little tough for some of the CC readers that do not live in David. However, for those that live in David or who are visiting Chiriquí and spending time in a local hotel, this will be a treat.

The restaurant is owned and operated by a Venezuelan family. Sabore’s (Flavors) has some typical Venezuelan dishes (that you will only find here) and the rest of the menu , while not necessarily Venezuelan, is prepared with a Venezuelan flair.

IMG_0647The restaurant itself is a small restaurant with outside seating. It is clean, the food is tasty and best of all, it is a friendly place run by friendly people. There is nothing I would call fancy on the menu, just good eating.



IMG_0648I got there at 5:00PM and they were just getting ready for the evening crowd. I ordered quesadillas, which is obviously not Venezuelan, but was very tasty. I was prepared to order Cachapas, which is Venezuelan, but the specially made new corn tortillas were just being made and I decided they would be on my next trip with Lilliam.

I was told that one of the Cachapas, that many resident Venezuelans come to get, is the one with Queso Talita, which has a Venezuelan cheese. It is specially made by another local Venezuelan and only available here. It is pictured in the center of the menu under Cachapas.

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Another item on the menu, that is Venezuelan, is the pepitos. You will think of them as sandwiches, but I am told the style and flavor is typical Venezuelan.

I wish it was located a little closer to me, but I enjoyed myself enough that I will definitely return.

Before I left, I stopped and talked to the owner and chef. He recognized me from the past when I had visited Mrs. Mendozas, a Mexican restaurant (he was one of the owners, if I remember correctly). Mrs. Mendozas is now Gallardo’s.

I took this photo so you can get acquainted with the nice folks that are going to take care of you when you drop in. Remember to tell them you learned of Sabore’s from Chiriqui Chatter. Here is a Google Map.


Tops – Stylo & Sabor (Style & Taste)

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Saturday, Lilliam and I took Koki to Happy Pet to be bathed and groomed. Around the corner from Happy Pet is Tops – Stylo & Sabor.

I have watched the business being prepared and have wanted to visit it and thought now would be a good time.

Tops is owned and operated by Bill and Ana. They are committed to running a first class business. Currently they are open Tuesday through Sunday. The hours of operation follow.

It is a unique combination of an eatery and women’s clothing. The clothes were all high quality and reasonably priced. Many of the items are one of a kind. I took several photos of the women’s clothing area. Continue reading Tops – Stylo & Sabor (Style & Taste)

Rosita’s Pupusas Kitchen

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Last Saturday the bi-monthly WhatsApp message went out to get pupusas at Rositas. We made it over around 6. The rain had just stopped, but kids were still using the PaintBall area. Rain stops nothing in Panama.

We had ordered ahead and ours were ready when we got there. They were still hot when we got home.

I took a photo of the pupusas in different stages of readiness on the stove. Yummy! If you have the WhatsApp, you can message Rosita with your order on pupusas day at +507 64683910.

Remember to tell Rosita that you learned about her from Chiriquí Chatter.


Restaurante Mezcla Gourmet – Update

Lilliam and I ate at Mezcla Gourmet the other day. We both had the beef burgers. Both liked them. Lilliam took half for her supper. We also tried one of the brownies. Very good. I came close to trying the cuatro leches (Yes, it was cuatro and not tres), but went for the brownie.

The real purpose for this update is to let you know that the organic market, that I wrote about in the first post, has been removed. The space have been changed to more seating.

I took a photo. I thought the seat cushions were neat made out of blue jeans. The cushions were very gentle on my bottom. Probably more information than you wanted to know.