The restaurants in Nicaragua are really good and there are all kinds of restaurants here. There are high-end restaurants and there is street food. Even street food, here is pretty good. I eat a lot of street food. It is really cheap and they have big servings because people in Nicaragua like to eat a lot.
Nicaragua is known for meat so if you want to have a really nice steak or barbecue, you can always get that here. Regardless if it’s high end or cheap, there is always really good meat here. There are also good seafood places but the ones located by the beach are better. Seafood is usually a bit pricier but it’s not that bad. My husband and I had deep-fried fish filet; it was a huge red snapper and was delicious. You could basically split that filet for two people and be full because it is a huge fish. It came with fries, rice, a salad, and two drinks. It cost us about US $25. Generally, seafood costs us anywhere from $25 to $40 for an outing. I don’t think that’s bad for two people. If you go to the beach and you buy seafood there, I guarantee you that it will probably be many times cheaper than if you buy seafood in Pasadena. I am biased. I really like the food here and I don’t feel any more like the food in the US is good.
If you are going to eat steak here in Nicaragua, it would be much cheaper than if you eat steak in South Pasadena, where I come from, and the steak here is going to taste 100 times better than the steak in South Pasadena. The meat here is so tender and it’s amazing. If you want to have an amazing steak dinner in Managua, it’s going to cost you around $15 to $18. It would even go up to $25 if you have the fanciest Angus cut steak. Ribs cost about $12. Generally, steaks here cost about half the price of what it is in the US but it’s double or triple the portion.
There is this place called Don Candido and when you go there, you’d literally feel like you’re in the Flintstones because they are serving you a dinosaur. They have huge chunks of steak and you wouldn’t know what to do with it. I definitely don’t know what to do with that so I don’t go there. My husband loves to go there and the food there is amazingly priced but there is no way for me to eat all that so there is no point for me to go there. Don Candido is a guy that looks like Donald Trump. I’ve met him a couple of times. He makes crazy good lobster bisque as well. He’s in the restaurant every day.
(Marissa Lolk's husband and the generous portions of his burrito, Nicaragua , pictured.)