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by Eric Jackson
This restaurant was by luck of the draw. I go through La Chorrera on the buses to and from the Interior from time to time, but don't stop there. On this evening however, I came to review a concert at a local Catholic church, and with a friend grabbed some dinner nearby at the Cafe Carlos.
This is a spotlessly clean, tastefully decorated little eatery with a standard selection of typical Panamanian, Chinese and international offerings at modest prices.
My friend ordered the sancocho and I got the ginger chicken.
La Chorrera is a bustling city, but it's also an outpost of Interior culture, and the food was spiced toward those tastes. As in plenty of culantro and mild on the ginger. My meal came with salad, french fries and a little bowl of chicken-yucca-culantro broth, probably from the same pot as my friend's sancocho. It was a perfect little concoction.
The two of us ate for less than $10 and went away well satisfied.
I have a LOT more restaurants to try in La Chorrera, so it's hard to say when I'll make it back to this establishment. However, I do recommend it.
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