Yesterday, I was driving by Cuatro and noticed that the new addition Chef Luis had been working on is now open. I had seen Luis a couple weeks ago in El Rey and I had asked what was going on with the remodeling I had seen.
Chef Luis is providing a large selection of wines and several To-Go items. All items, except for the wines, are made onsite. I took several photos to give you an idea of what to expect.
I saw rum cake, fruit cake, eggnog, brownies, cookies, dips for chips, chicheme and a variety of wines.
I have been to several parties that Chef Luis has catered and his items are always special. Restaurante Cuatro has a Facebook page and it is a good place to see what’s happening at Cuatro.
If you stop into the new “Shop and Run” area, tell them you learned about it on Chiriquí Chatter. By the way, I learned how Cuatro’s was name was chosen. It is because Chiriquí is the fourth province of Panama. A little bit of trivia to go with the wine, dips and other items below.
Yesterday we visited Terra Restaurante again. Out of the four of us that attended, there were two new dishes tried.
I went for the lasagna, which is usually available, but not listed on the menu. Very good.
Another had a pasta with a cheesy cream sauce. Also rated as very good.
It is almost too bad this restaurant is so close. it makes it too easy a decision when we say, “Where do you want to eat this Sunday?”
Must be the time of year to open pizza locations. Across from Cuatro, Delicia Italiana has opened. I think this must be a restructuring of the previous business, which was a fruit, salad and fruit drink location.
I am just guessing and could be wrong, but fruit, fruit drinks and deserts are provided and it just appears to be by the same owner.
What brought me in was the sign, which implies Italian pizza and gelato. The hope for outstanding ice cream was dashed when I realized that Estrella Azul was the source of the ice cream.
This restaurant is comfortable and if extremely clean. It is another pizza by the meter format. I don’t remember which pizza I ordered, but it was supposed to have ham and if it was there, it was sparse and well hidden.
I think this location will be more of interest to vegetarians and fruit salad aficionados. If you were hoping for an authentic Italian Gelateria, you will need to keep looking and the closest is still located at the Chiriquí Mall.
UPDATE: November 28. The comment today says that the ice cream is indeed Italian gelato and comes from Boquete. That being the case, I will have to stop back by and give it a try.
Last Sunday we tried out a new Italian restaurant that a CC reader had told me about. The restaurant has been open a short time and currently it is open seven days a week for lunch and supper.
I will include the menu at the end of the post.
There is ample parking and the restaurant has welcome interior and there is terrace seating in front of the restaurant. The hosts are extremely gracious and the food was ample and very tasty.
The restaurant is located north of the Interamericana highway on Ave. Belisario (the road beside KFC), past the new overpass that is being constructed.
We were provided a complementary appetizer prior to our meal.
For the main course, I had a combo rib and pork chop plate smothered in an applesauce sauce. Lilliam and Natalie had pasta dishes.
Everyone loved their order and we topped off the meal with a calorie free ice-cream & cake dessert.
It is great to have another Sunday option for lunch in David. If you stop in tell Graziano and Mayerline that you heard about them on Chiriquí Chatter.
The other day we were near Super 99 in the evening and decided to see if Popeye’s was open. It used to be my favorite Pizza place. However, for well over a year, when I dropped by near noon, it would be closed. The sign with the hours hasn’t changed and the hours are wrong.
Now I know why it was never open when I was there. It is open from 4 PM until 10 PM monday through Saturday.
I always liked Popeyes because it uses a wood fired oven and the pizza was unique. When Pino, the Italian owner was there, he always had a small appetizer of fresh baked bread, that he gave you prior to the pizza being ready. Really good and a nice touch! When Pino headed back to Italy it became another pizza place. Makes me think of the difference between an artist and a painter.
This time I ordered what I alway used to order “Cuatro Estaciones” and waited with hopeful expectations. When the pizza came, it looked similar, but was a little different. It was good , but not great. After thinking about it, I think the difference was the care that the cook used when spreading the cheese. It didn’t seem to be uniformly spread and that caused it to be thicker in some places than others resulting in the crust not being uniformly toasted.
As I said, it was good, but not the same as when Pino was there. Still worth a try, if you are in the area during the time it is open.
Speaking of Pizza, I have seen two more Pizza places that have opened and since I like Pizza, they are on my list to try. One is on the one way street known as calle rapida that exits at the InterAmerican highway by Cochez. The restaurant is across the street from plaza Mallorca. I have heard they sell pizza by the yard.
Another is across the street from Cuatro’s Restaurant. If you get there before me, give me a heads up.
I intended to post this last month, but got sidetracked. Thinking about food today reminded me.
Lovely Natalie had a birthday last month and her favorite restaurant in David is Mosto Bistro. The three of us had the most enjoyable lunch and no one prepares it like Mosto Bistro.
I didn’t take photos, but I will describe what I remember. The noon weekday special is $11.25, if I remember correct. It includes an appetizer, the main course and a drink.
I ordered a pork burrito that had an asian flair. It was to die for. One thing, in which Chef Fulvio Miranda VIeto excels, is presentation and his special sauces.
I also ordered a BBQ’d pork chop as my main course. I never knew a pork chop could be so tasty! I think it came with mashed potatoes. I guarantee it was the best meal I ate in September.
I remember that Natalie and Lilliam ordered a yucca appetizer. I have had it before and it is great.
I don’t remember their main course, but i do remember their raving about it. If you want the have a special meal in David, this is one place you must try.
Sorry for the lack of photos. What was I thinking? Maybe I was too distracted being in the presence of two lovely ladies.
Last week, the three of us were out at lunchtime and took advantage of another pizza at Bolo’s. We ordered the combo special for $13.99. A pepperoni pizza, some chicken wings and a bottle of soda. This time we went for honey mustard on the wings.
I understand that Bob is on his way back from Florida to David. If you stop in, tell him that you heard that Chiriquí Chatter said he makes a very good pizza from.
Yesterday we were wanting a reasonably priced lunch after church. We decided it was time to make another run to the Mi Tierra Colombian restaurant.
I stuck with my fried shrimp for $7.50.
Lilliam usually goes for one of their soups, but made a switch yesterday and chose a chicken dish served on top of patacones (6.50).
Natalie went for the corvina fillet and patacones ($9.00). I have to admit that I has a taste of the corvina and that may be what I order the next time we go.
Would you look at the size of Lilliam’s and Natalie’s patacones. That almost sounded naughty.
Both Lilliam and Natalie had take home. My plate was totally clean.
We always enjoy Mi Tierra. Here was my first post with directions to the restaurant.
Fried shrimp with French Fries ($7.50)
Chicken in a sauce on patacones ($.6.50)
Corvina with patacones ($9.00)
Restaurante Cuatro has a new menu. If you are on Cuatro’s email list, you received the notice. Following is the notice I received.
The new menu may be seen on the Cuatro website.
The other day I was in Electronica Nacional, to have an appliance repaired, and picked up the following flier.
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I asked the lady, that waited on me, if she had tried the pizza and her opinion. She said she liked the pizza and recommended it. I had Natalie call and found out it was open on Sunday at 1:30, so that would be our Sunday outing.
Bolo’s is across the street from Mara Pan, one of the best bakeries in David. HERE is a Google map to Bolo’s.
The name, Bolo’s, intrigued me. During my time there, I deduced the derivation of the name. If you pay attention to the write-up, you may deduce it too. There will be a quiz at the end.
The flier was very colorful and I wondered if it was some new US franchise that I hadn’t heard of. On the menu you will find pizza, cheese breads, cinnamon bites and chicken wings. All sounded good. We ordered a supreme pizza, a veggie pizza and a Italian cheese bread along with various drinks.
While we were waiting, I got to meet Bob Sullivan (owner) and Lorena (Co-Owner). Bob and Lorena were a delightful experience to meet. Here they are.