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“Best local food in San Pedro”
Review of El Fogon

El Fogon
Ranked #11 of 185 Restaurants in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 8 - USD 35
Cuisines: Caribbean, Central American
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: El Fogon meaning the "fire-hearth" specializes in Authentic Belizean Cuisine. Our lunch menu includes Stewed Meats, Seafood & Soups. The items on the menu are all local favorites. Dinner consists of Grilled Seafood, Shrimp in Orange and Ginger Sauce or a Mango Sauce, Seafood Creole platter, Seafood Kebabs and much more...All served with a choice of Coconut White Rice or Rice and beans cooked on the open fire. Frozen Key Lime, Coconut Cheesecake and Local Ice Cream makes up our nightly desserts.
New York City, New York
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“Best local food in San Pedro”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

We got a recommendation from our hotel staff to visit El Fogon, and were so happy we went. The food is amazing - we were craving fried grouper, and it was delicious here. They also had the most amazing watermelon juice. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone!

Visited February 2012
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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“Authentic Belizian Food”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

This place looks like a hole in the wall but we really enjoyed our experience there. The food is cooked over an outdoor wood fire, I guess that is how it has traditionally been cooked in Belize. The food was great and we enjoyed eating with the locals.

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San Antonio, Texas
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“Fine dining in the dirt!”
Reviewed 19 February 2012

We chose El Fogon for our Valentine's Day dinner. It is located on a short street just north of the airport. The restaurant is a thatched roof structure holding three picnic tables and a wooden bench. Behind it is the pantry and large open air grill. The restaurant is 'attached' to a home-like building which houses the indoor kitchen and a front patio for extra seating. Red table cloths and candles within chimneys set the dining scene for Valentine's Day with a fixed menu. We chose the conch fritters and fish balls for the appetizer. Both were delicious, but noteably, the conch fritters. They were piping hot, crisp outside, and tender and moist inside. My husband had the grilled lobster for his entree. It was a touch overcooked, but still delicious. I had the ginger shrimp. Both were accompanied by our choice of rice, rice and beans, or pasta. The attention to detail was noticeable. Because seafood was on the menu, which attracts flies, they chose to cook the food inside so as not to ruin the dining experience with flies. They were quick to point out that fresh pasta wasn't available, but were only able to get packaged. Service was attentive, but a bit slow for our entrees and even slower for our desserts. Tres Leches cake was to be featured. We waited approximately 20 minutes for the dessert to be served and then were offered key lime pie. We opted for this...unsure what happened with the cake. Unfortunately, it was still frozen. Wine and beer are not available at this time, but the owner gladly goes next door to pick up libations requested. We brought our own wine and opener and they were happy to accomodate. We thoroughly enjoyed the setting and for-the-most part, the food. It is such a basic setting that it has a charm of its own. The cook came out a couple of times to select fresh veggies for meal preparation. They likely excel for the lunch crowd in terms of efficiency; make sure to find El Fogon.

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Calgary Alberta
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“Rustic Dining at it's absolute best.”
Reviewed 18 February 2012

WE ate here twice this trip (so far). The family run spot is quaint but the hospitality is top notch. Prices are very reasonable for San Pedro and the food is as good as it gets in town. You don't want to miss this experience if you are vacationing on AC.

Visited February 2012
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“great value and best food”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

Ate there for Dinner and had a great meal.. Very good value and excellent meal. We had 3 meals split between the four of us and that was plenty.. all seafood was cooked to perfection and the value was great 3 course dinner for under $30.00 usd.. great food great casual place.. Will go back for Lunch now.. i had all veggies with my meal and they were great.. Go there and see . Have been to San Pedro many times and tried all the places this is a real gem.. hard to find but look for it worth it..

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