Category Archives: David Restaurants

la ghiotta gelateria in David

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You are no longer at a loss for good ice cream in David. Around a week ago la ghiotta gelateria opened in David on Avenida 3a Oeste on the opposite side of the street from Banco Nacional.

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I had received a comment on my Gelarti Post telling me that another Gelateria Italiana had opened. I have had this ice-cream a couple of times. In Boquete and at last year’s David Fair.

I talked to the owner while I was there and told him the competition was heating up on ice-cream with three new locations opening up in the last month. He said he wasn’t worried because he had faith in the quality of his product.

You can order ice-cream and coffee. It doesn’t have the specialty desserts such as banana splits, milkshakes brownies of its competition, but it does have excellent ice-cream.

I had a vanilla cone and it was as good as all the previous times I have had this ice-cream. I haven’t had a vanilla cone in Gelarti, but it will be difficult for it to be better.

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Both of these new locations have reasons to go there. It is probably going to make me have to make several more comparison runs.

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

Following is the photo gallery.

Changes and More Changes

I have visited Verona’s Pizza several times lately and each time I told Franco that I would post that he has a new website. Click HERE to go there.

It is in English and Spanish. You will be asked to register and for the registration Franco will tell you about any specials that may be coming.

He has added beer and wine. It is not on the menu and is complimentary with some orders and for those of age.

If you haven’t been to Verona’s Pizza, you have missed some good thin crust pizza.

 

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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