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El Fogon
Ranked #15 of 199 Restaurants in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $35
Cuisines: Caribbean, Central American
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, 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.
Reviewed May 11, 2013

"El Fogon" translates into "The Hearth", or "Fireside".. and what an EXCELLENT way to keep the stewed chicken a stewing, and the pigtail soup simmering.. in an outside kitchen setting...GREAT cool little place just off middle street, zig zag alley by the airstrip.. Located in a shady area with a picnic table setting in soft white sand. The "Hearth" is the focal point when you head in to sit and sip a fresh juice beverage, or one barrell and coke, while you wait for your traditional Belizean Fare..The setting consists of a massive grill with various sizes of pots and pans all simmering beautifully on an open wood flame. Seafood is fresh as can be, conch fritters are a BIG thumbs up as is the stewed chicken and beans and rice..and the pigtail soup EXCELLENT..The service was lik ebeing at a friends house for dinner.. the guys are super friendly, and the prices are almost TOO low !.. such a GREAT addition to San Pedro's restaurant circuit ! a MUST eat place while on the island

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Plenty of fish selections on the menu. Food was great. Sand floors and picnic tables add to the ambiance. Located close to baggage claim. Turn left out of baggage claim, walk less than a block. The restaurant is located in the alley next to the food store.

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Luis D, Owner at El Fogon, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2013

Thank you very much for enjoying El Fogon. It is a family style restaurant with lots of good traditional food.
Note: The firehearth (pit) is only lite during lunch hours. During Dinner you will find that all the preparation and cooking is done inside the kitchen and NOT the pit. Except a couple of evening we may be stewing something that needs to be prepared from the day before.

Thank you once more and we hope you had a pleasant stay on our beautiful island!

Luis D.
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

What a wonderful gem tucked into the side street. Our server Henry would fit in in the high end restaurants that I myself manage! Go for a quiet, laid back nice 3 course dining experience. Great food, interesting and exciting experience, and surprisingly friendly, efficient, personalized service!

Thank hriles
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

This restaurant is not on the beach, but is very close to the airport. The food was really good and I'd recommend this to everyone, including families with small children. We tried the conch fritters - so good! We also tried the stewed chicken. That was really good too. The watermelon juice was too sugary for me, but that was the only thing I didn't like. This restaurant is run by locals, making local foods. Try it for a different experience.

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Thank Tifster
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Belize has some of the best food of any country we have visited. Fogon was highly recommended and the place looks great when you get inside. The servers were very friendly but the actual service was snail slow. Food in Belize is inexpensive, this place was not. Our $50 dinner is the equivalent of $100 in the states, we got less than we paid for. We had a very marginal dinner, trying two recommended specials. The conch appetizers and the key lime pie were the best parts of the meal. I remember the orange ginger shrimp was terrible. I make a orange ginger salmon that is great, this was orange juice concentrate on overcooked chewy shrimp. My wifes chicken skewers were dry dry dry and lacked any defining flavor. It was the ONLY disappointing meal we had in Belize and it was also the most expensive. Your money is best spent elsewhere.
As a side note, our server was very friendly, thoroughly explaining each dish in detail. Its unfortunate that the food and speed of the service didnt match his attitude.

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Thank jamesb847
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Luis D, Owner at El Fogon, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2013

Wow... A terrible topic for a not terrible review. Thank you for commenting on this forum, but I am sure this would have been handled differently if you had said something right away. We appologize sincerely and hope that we can reinvent your experience at our place. We may had not done something properly, but do not accept the "worst resturant in Belize".
Thank you everyone for the great reviews and thank you for your honest topic/description of our cozy family style place.

El Fogon Management
Tel. 206-2121
new email - elfogonsp@gmail.com

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